Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term!🖌️ Let your inner artist free and paint some happy little trees with us to cap off the week! 🖌️ Grab some paints, a canvas, or whatever you have around, maybe treat yourself to some new supplies, and join VP Students, Sarah, as we follow along with a tutorial to paint an almighty landscape and maybe make some happy accidents along the way. - Attendees will get a partial reimbursement for painting supplies ($20 CAD)- Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: please bring your own paints, canvas, paper, etc. if possible. Must attend event and submit copy of receipt to receive reimbursement. RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-paint-night/... See MoreSee Less
Take a break from studying to flex your joke skills! Join the GSS for a round or two of Jackbox games and meet fellow students! 👾 🎮 *Make sure to RSVP your attendance to be sent the Zoom link where we'll chat alongside the game. *You do not need to own the game to play, but you will need to use a smartphone or computer with internet connection.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/virtual-games-round-3-more-jackbox/... See MoreSee Less
Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term!📓 Have you wondered what all that buzz around bullet journals is about? Never stuck with using a planner to the end? Too many post-its in your life? This is the event for you! 📓 GSS Admin Assistant, Victoria, is going to take you through the magical land of planners and show you what bullet journals are, and give you tips on how to use planners to get through your graduate studies and personal life! She's been using the bullet journal system for 10 years through two university programs, so she's ready to field your questions.Attendees will also be entered into a raffle for a prize pack of bullet journal supplies! Don't miss this! Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: please bring a planner or some blank paper, some pens, pencils, markers, whatever you have to follow along! Must attend the event to be entered into the raffle. Prize will either be goods sent to the winner's address or a gift card to a suitable retailer, whichever is preferred.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-get-into-bullet-journals/... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who entered our Spring Haiku Competition. We were blown away by the quality and creativity of the responses. Our Theme was: Grad Students in Spring, and our 5 winners are: Alyssa, Davi, Emily, and Hailee. Read their Haikus: gss.ubc.ca/gss-haiku-results-2021/... See MoreSee Less
Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term! 🕯️Make some candles to add to your growing collection with VP Students, Sarah Park, and get to know some other UBC grad students too! 🕯️To participate, buy a kit from Michael's (either the Jar Starter Kit or the Pillar Starter Kit), keep the receipt, make the candles with us on Zoom, and send us that receipt afterwards to get a $25 CAD reimbursement! Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: must attend event and submit a copy of your receipt to receive reimbursement. Participants should exercise caution using hot wax.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-diy-candlemaking/... See MoreSee Less
Being a grad student can get overwhelming - this is why the GSS offers Peer Support, which connects students in need of support, information, resources, and representation with Peer Support Specialists.
Peer Support Specialists are graduate students who provide confidential assistance to individual fellow graduate students experiencing difficulties. They provide relevant information on and facilitate access to university resources, and work with you to ensure that your concerns are addressed fairly and in a timely manner.
Peer Support Specialists offer support for issues like:
Comfortable, safe, and reliable housing is an essential aspect of graduate students' health and well-being. Unfortunately, students often face challenges, including unsatisfactory living conditions, stringent eligibility for housing, and discrimination in residence. Our GSS Advocates are available to help you navigate your housing options to help you feel at home on campus.
Financial funding is essential for many students’ survival during graduate school. Certain requirements can make accessing these invaluable funds confusing and challenging. Funding that is tied to research and/or teaching assistantships, for example, can become difficult when supervisory relationships become strained. We will aim to learn about the unique challenges you are facing and connect you with available resources to navigate this difficult situation.
Adjusting to graduate student life is hard. You might be struggling with a large workload, feelings of isolation, or lack of direction. At the GSS, we want to ensure that you are able to fully attend to your mental health and well-being during your time at UBC. We will work with you and support you in connecting with various health-promoting resources on campus.
It is not uncommon for students to accrue debt in order to fund their graduate education. Students often find this financial position to be overwhelming, leading to a host of concerns that negatively impact their well-being. In addition to informing you of the financial supports that might be available to you through the GSS and the University, our GSS Advocates will also help you attend to the stressors associated with financial instability.
Graduate school is challenging. Academic expectations can become quite burdensome and are often amplified by unclear or unknown university operations. If you are struggling with any academic-related issue, including but not limited to plagiarism, grade appeals, or academic concessions, please reach out to our GSS Advocates. After learning the nature of your concern, we will work with you and advocate for your right to a just and equitable education.
Your relationship with your graduate supervisors can significantly affect your experience during your graduate education. Discrepant expectations, interpersonal conflicts, and supervisor inattentiveness can make this power-laden relationship challenging and frustrating. We will meet with you to learn about your unique supervisory concerns and will advocate for your needs as a graduate student.
“We are a community of one. We help each other. We support each other. We care for each other.”
- Jean De Costa
Author of the Quote: Jean De Costa is the Dean of Students at California Polytechnic State University, CA, USA. He is also the head of the Peer Understanding Listening Support Education Program (PULSE) health education program. This program is a nationally (USA) awarded Peer Health Education Program that supports the health and wellbeing of student at said institution. As far we know, the author is of sound character and does not present or represent any conflicting views of that of the GSS’s.