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I was cleaning in my room, and I found my UVIC acceptance letter and my SFU acceptance letter I didn’t actually find my UBC acceptance letter, which is kind of weird considering It’s the school that I actually ended up going to but it reminded me that a few people actually asked me for this video So here I am making it It’s basically just gonna be tips on how to apply to University and a lot of them will be UBC specific But I feel like a lot of them also just be kind of generic I’m also gonna be talking about this from like a Canadian perspective But I think it also applies to a lot of like international students So I hope that it helps you out, and let’s just go ahead and get into the video all right So I have my laptop here with me, and I have a whole bunch of the tips written down But I also have my UBC application on here because I wrote it on word before submitting it online So I still have it And I’m gonna be showing you part of it, so Stay around for that so you have like some kind of idea for it. the first tip is don’t just apply to one University apply to a couple of them and definitely apply to a safety school because you can always Transfer from your safety school to whatever school you wanted initially for example here in British Columbia I know that a lot of people That get into Cap University and didn’t get into UBC actually end up transferring from Cap University to UBC So apply for it even if it’s not the school that you really wanted to in case something goes wrong with your other applications You have something to fall back on tip number two before you apply make sure that you meet all the requirements especially for the program that you’re applying to I I know that a lot of science programs at UBC require that you have things like chemistry or physics or whatever class that you took in high school make sure that you meet the requirement before applying for the program because Otherwise it’s just absolutely redundant to apply or apply to a different program And then you could always transfer into science or whatever whatever works just make sure that you meet the requirements Tip number three is that your grades matter. They really really matter if you want to get into a top university I can’t stress this enough if you’re watching this when you’re in grade 11 or grade 12 or Wherever you may be in life your grades are so so important um when I applied to UBC I had a 92 or 93 percent average and all of my scores on my provincial scores were high 80s or I think I had like 190 But I think that they got rid of provincial exams in BC They only have the English provincial left so when you take your English provincial Just put all the effort that you can into it because it really does matter Your provincial grades were kind of something that they really used to judge you on But I guess I don’t really know how it works anymore since they got rid of provincials But just make sure that your grades are pretty high up there I know for the program that I applied to I had to have mid to high 80s And I had it like I said I had 92 to 93 so it’s kind of nice to just have that relief of knowing that your grades weren’t good enough to get you in the school try and just Do as well as possible in school so you can get into it tip number four kinda relates a little bit to tip number three And it is that your grades are not everything most University Applications will have like an essay section or like a written response section and for UBC that is there UBC personal profile and it It is so so important The way that it works is basically you have your like school grades your averages your percentages whatever And then you have your personal profile Which they give you a score on and then they basically mash the two and that is your applications score So somebody with lower grades than you but a way better personal profile than you might have a better chance of getting in than you Would’ve. So your personal profile is really really important is what I’m trying to say, so don’t just be like oh, whatever I have good grades. I can just get by based on my good grades No, no, no you gotta do well on this and this is basically the chunk of the video this is gonna Take the biggest chunk of the video I mean so yeah Let’s get through it because I actually have the questions that were asked of me when I was applying to UBC And I’m gonna tell you what I wrote about and why I think that those were good Responses so the first question that I had was tell us about an experience in school or out that caused you to rethink or change Your perspective. What impact has this had on you I really thought about writing about my immigration story But I kind of thought that might have been a little bit cliche considering a lot of people have an immigration story But of course if that’s what you want to write about by all means do it so what I wrote about was performing musically in front of a crowd for the first time and I said that it opened The door to a world full of risks and that I kind of stepped out of my comfort zone and learnt that Things that makes you uncomfortable are not necessarily that yeah this whole response was just about me being able to step out of my comfort zone and being able to be a risk taker and Things like that which they do tend to like for you to get out of that’s that comfort zone that you have Question number two was explain how you’re responded to a significant challenge that you have encountered and what you learned in the process Um so what I’m wrote about here Was about my cousin being diagnosed with cancer as well as my grandmother being diagnosed with cancer which is I’m not really gonna get into it, but basically what I said is that I took a Challenge that was there for me, and then I made something quote-on quote good out of it I started a Relay for Life team with a really good friend of mine we were co-captains of the team and we fundraise for cancer and things like that so Basically what I said was that there was a community that kind of changed me And I didn’t know that existed And I kind of had some like leadership skills that I could apply to Relay for Life And I learned to a whole bunch of leadership skills within being captain for Relay for Life And I also said that I was reasonable to ask for help when you need it too instead of like trying to toughen things out Which I think was a good thing to kind of write about and then they have like another Response little section that says, please include any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to consider when reviewing your application It says that it’s optional, but don’t leave it blank give them as much information as you can give them And this is the section where I actually put things about my immigration story and how I moved from Colombia to Vancouver and how much I love the city and how much I really wanted to go to UBC and things like that And then they get you to list I believe how many activities… I think it’s five activities that kind of had outside of school, and then they get you to write about one of them So I’m gonna Get going on that first, and then I’ll tell you I’ll tell you about the activities that I actually Participated in so the question says tell us more about one of the activities that you listed above Explaining what your goals were what you did to pursue them There results achieved and what you learned in the process so here I kind of just talked about my acting career and kind of what I’ve learned throughout it and like what gave me the initiative to start acting and to pursue it and The like risks that I had to take every time that I go into like an audition and things like that But also how I can like Express myself and be able to receive criticism and take it in a positive way and make something good out of it Basically all these applications. Just want all these questions just Want you to tell them What skills you have what things You’ve learned from the experience that you’re gonna be writing about Now I’m going to be talking about the five activities that I did so you can choose a couple of different Like categories so they have a category for sports They have a category for leadership one for creative Performing Arts and one for work/ employment And then the other ones just like other something like that I can’t remember the exact categories But I’m gonna just kind of be putting the things that I wrote about And like my response on like the screen here because I’m not gonna be just reading it out loud to you, but basically What each single one of these things has is that I I told them what I learned from it try and be as diverse as possible telling them things that will show them that you are a good applicant and Yeah Yeah, I think that’s basically it. I’m just gonna be putting them here, and you can pause and see what what What is quote unquote good about them also I know what I’m about to say it’s kind of shitty but I did hear about it from a whole bunch of different people and teachers and While I was doing my application process I was basically just told not to write about anything related to mental health things like depression Or anxiety or things like that that you might have struggled with just don’t write about them I don’t really know what their huge issue is with them, but like my speculation is that they might not want to have to deal with like a suicide on campus or any kind of those stories or they might not think that you’ll be able to handle the pressure of University and that being accepted into University will just cause cost you more anxiety and things that you can’t deal with Which is just absolutely shitty because people with mental health issues are probably some of the strongest people that I know But yeah, just try and stray away from that I feel like that is something that is worth mentioning because I do want you to be able to get into the University and apparently They don’t like that so just try and step away from that and then the next tip is Proofread proofread freaking proofread the heck out of these little essays each one of them is 200 words which is really not a lot But it almost makes it harder because you have to make everything so Concise and precise and just make sure that every single sentence matters There’s no filler thing so you think that 200 words is easier But I actually found it harder than if they’ve given you more space to write send it to your friends your family Whoever like a trusted teacher that will help you proofread and make correct mistakes that you didn’t know were there Alright tip number six is make sure that you choose your references wisely so if you’re applying for the January 15 deadline you need two references, but if you’re applying for the December 1st deadline Which is what I did that was the one for the major entrance scholarship You will be needing to reference letters from two people So just make sure that you choose whoever those people are very wisely I chose my vice principle at my school And I believe one of my favorite teachers at my school as well and there were both people that knew me fairly well So their letters didn’t end up being like generic It’s definitely showed that they knew me as a person so definitely make sure that your references are good and that is basically all you Really need you just gotta submit your grades your essays slash personal profile your two references And then you just pay money to the university to apply if I do think of any other tips I’ll be sure to leave them and in the description down below so you can check those out I will also have a whole bunch of links there if you have any other questions You can definitely ask me in the comments down below, and I’ll try my best to answer them But I’m not an admissions person, so if there’s something that I can’t answer for you I’ll try and direct you to like a link or something that will help you out a little bit better And if you are for some reason a UBC student that is just watching this now and you have any tips that I might have missed or things like that leave them in the comments below as well because somebody might benefit from it and that is all to make sure to give this video a thumbs up and hit that subscribe button and Hopefully I will catch you in my next video or who knows maybe I’ll see you around UBC next year

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100 thoughts on “UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE APPLICATION TIPS + HOW I GOT INTO UBC || My Grades, Written Responses

  1. EDIT NOVEMBER 2019 – a few people have brought to my attention that apparently reference letters aren't required! You'll just need the contact info of your references to put on your application. Should've written this when my sister applied but didn't think to write it on here.

    EDIT DECEMBER 2018 – I'm getting A LOT of the same questions over and over again, many of which are very easy to do a 2 minute Google search and will give you an answer much quicker than I'll be able to reply. There's also lots that will easily be answered by clicking the links in the description box of this video – including admission requirements. I can try to help, but you guys also gotta do some of your own research (it's definitely a skill you need to be at UBC anyways, so might as well practice it!)!

    I left tons of helpful links in the description of this video!! There's also a lot of other useful resources online that will be able to help you out with your application (I didn't want to include everything cuz this video would've been 10 years long), just remember to do your research 🙂 Also I just realized there's a typo, for UVIC it was a $2500 scholarship and it was their entrance scholarship– so if you're planning to apply there just based on your grades you can get that much money!

  2. I applied this December and I can attest that questions have changed. I hope you all good luck on your applications!:)

  3. hey all the info is so useful. Thanks
    I just want to knw like you said that students apply in safety schools as well and if they don't get in their desired university then they go in these safely colleges only and then transfer later on. so how this transfer process work like if they are not getting admission initially then how they get admission after getting in other college.
    It would be great if you could share inf on this( for an international student) 🙂

  4. Is there any chance I could talk to one of your friends who has transferred to ubc? Just wanted to ask some questions. Thx

  5. how would you say your essays were structured? were they extremely narrative and parable like, or structured and pretty formal?

  6. I know this may sound dumb, but do the essays have to have a title? I've seen people that just write the essay without any title while others do write a title. I just finished writing my essays and if i add titles i would go over the word count…

  7. help? so I am currently doing my AS levels (British curriculum edexcel). My igcse results were okay lowest was a C and I just took my math as level, didn't go well at all im definitely repeating so basically im terrified that my AS grades wont be all that good but I really want to get into UBC Architecture program. My goal is to major in architecture and minor in interior then make a career out of it. What are my chances on getting in? are there any other uni suggestions?

  8. AAAAAAHHHHH I WISH I'D FOUND THIS VIDEO WHEN I WAS STRESSING THE ABSOLUTE FUCK OUT ABOUT MY APPLICATION 2 MONTHS AGO… After watching this, I'd like to think I did well on it…! This is such a well-made video and I'm very happy to see people making content like this!

    The personal profile questions did change a bit, but mostly everything was the same :-O

  9. Hi I have a question! I’m an international applicant (US). Will I be okay for Bsc if I got a 93% science grade 11 and a 95% science for grade 12. I got 91% in pre calc in grade 11 and a 94-95% in AP Calc AB in grade 12.

  10. Hey I just had a few questions. Its quite difficult to get 85% here in the 11th grade but I am trying my best. What if I don't get in 90s? Do I still have a chance?
    I can get 90+ in my 12th grade, so will that do?

  11. Thankyouuu so much for this. I am currently applying for UBC and I still have yet to fully complete my personal profile. This was a really big help! 😄

  12. I got into McGill for CS in Fall 2019 undergraduate degree. Got rejected from Queen's but that doesn't matter now..

  13. Is that really true about the mental health thing? I suffered from depression but I really wanna apply. Currently a sophomore

  14. I'm applying for the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program this fall, do you happen to know anyone in it or anything about how good it is?

  15. I've applied to UBC science but I haven't received any decision yet. I'm transferring credits from the States. Do you know roughly how long I'd receive the decision? It's mid April now…. why is it taking so long time? I'm so worry TT.TT

  16. Hey Lina!! Your video was very informative and cleared a lot of ambiguity for me..I'm currently enrolled in grade 10 and aspire to pursue my undergrad in PPE ( politics, philosophy & economics). As it turns out, UBC facilitates that program and the school ticks a lot of my boxes and I can't wait to go there. I have a few questions that I hoped you would answer.
    Generically speaking, whats the prerequisite average for admission into UBC? If you don't mind sharing, what were your grades like in high school?
    From a social standpoint, how was your transition into uni? (Is it easy to make friends on campus?)
    How relevant is the IB diploma/bundle in the scope of UBC admission? (Do IB students have the upper hand over students enrolled in academic classes?)

  17. I have a question! I live in Jamaica, so my requirements are CSEC subjects and CAPE. But the thing is I was told that applications end on January 15, but next year I will be sitting my CAPE exams in May. Do I apply without the CAPE subjects?

  18. Thanks soo much for these tips….I wanted to know about international students and scholarships and how high the possibility is to be admitted as an international student

  19. I first found about UBC from your channel, I fell immensely in love and then applied. I GOT IN 💞

  20. Hye Ik I'm 2 years last but NOW that I'm in 11 standard (India) I reallllyyy need to make a decision and UBC has always been my first choice. I can't really fund my education in UBC so can you please tell me about any scholarships for international students. A full scholarship maybe. It will be really really helpful. Please 🙏🙏🙏 thanks. God plz. Make her notice thisss

  21. Hi, I'm gourie from India. I wanna know how the reference letters are transferred to Ubc by uploading it or sending them through email?

    link that I really found useful not just for UBC

  23. I’m still wondering (just finished school) how to manage my future . According my possibilities , I got an opportunity to start studying in a college in Toronto , but hopefully I wish I could transfer to university . It’s still quite expensive , but it’s still less expensive to study in Toronto than somewhere else in Canada ( my relatives gave me a place to live, so I do not pay the rent). But it’s too hard …… I haven’t lived abroad , but I want to take advantage of my situation.

  24. Hey Lina. Your video was in my recommendation section. So grateful that I got to see it. It’s extremely helpful. I will be beginning with my application in September for fall 2020 intake. I’am an international student from India. I will be applying for BSc. Unfortunately I didn’t have maths in my 12th grade which is a requirement for this course. Do u know if UBC provides conditional admission. I have no other means of doing math. I can’t tell you enough how much I want to get into UBC. I am an undergraduate student in India and I’ll be doing another undergraduation all over again at UBC due to my love for that course which is in very limited universities.Also I had 87%, is it enough for UBC Vancouver campus.

  25. Hello guys HELP! UBC is my DREAM college. Im an international student. I have done 200 hours of voluntary work. Been on multiple clubs and extracurricular activities. I have high grades about a B or two maybe in highschool in general and a gpa of 3.80-3.90. The only problem is my SAT. I got a 970 studying ALOT but I just cant get it. Should I still Apply? Do you think they might not consider me at all????? I really really want this university. No one believes in my in my home town. What do you guys think? Thank you ( BTW im applying to Political Science Vancouver)

  26. I want to get into PhD program and i checked ubc site for stipend and it was very confusing whether I will get my whole tution fee refunded or only upto 3200 dollars. If you could help me out in that it would be really helpful

  27. I'm scared to apply to UBC because even if I got in as an international student I still can't afford the fees and their scholarships look super competitive

  28. I would love to know how much time they take to give responses to the applications? i am going to apply to a Graduate program (Master degree)

  29. Hi! I´m from Colombia, I love your videos!! Thanks for such helpful tips. My brother is actually looking to apply for next year, but he needs a one year of certified university studies, so we don´t know what to do because we don´t understand if that means he needs to start at university here in Colombia and then apply there, or what are the other options. Do you have any idea about this? It would be really helpful

  30. could you shed some light! I m trying to get into Sauder BCOM program however the requirement process is making things a bit complicated .so if I get into UBC arts how is that the process of transferring works? lets say if i transferred on second year or third year? Would i still continue with BCOM program from second year or first year or star over? Anyone reading this comment; share any tips – will mean alot to me. Just a kid with very poor family background defying the odds & getting into UBC..

  31. Dear Lina thanks a million for sharing this video it was super useful for me 😍👌🏻😘but I'm still not sure about one thing, that is the mental health part , i suffer from ADD which refers to attention deficit disorder that means it is really hard for me to concentrate and it takes more time for me to study sth but if I can concentrate I will be hyperfocused on the subject and also I can relate many issues to each other bc many thoughts pass through my mind and sometimes I can suggest new solutions for problems, and I want to mention that and also how I trained my self to be seated and study and also boosted my hours of studying, and how to overcome and beat the disability and changed it in to a good thing ,
    And I guess it is not sth like depression or sth that makes the uni thinks I'm gonna get them into trouble.
    So do you still think it is better not to mention it?

  32. Wow this is helpful and if the deadline to apply for is Dec.01 does that mean I have to complete the required courses by that time in grade 12?

  33. Hi Lina, I have a question. I'm from Jamaica and I'm currently studying for CAPE. I wanted to do Commerce at UBC but it is required that I do Maths Unit 2 (which I'm currently not doing). Is there any other way I can meet the requirements? Like any alternative or prerequisites.

  34. update for 2020 high school grads:
    Some of you may or may not know but there is no more provincial exams for any subjects for our grad year. Your grades are everything, so work hard on your grades, join a lot of clubs and fully complete your capstone project if your school is implicating the course.

  35. Hi I’m an international student planning to apply for UBC, does the college require you to be 19 for housing? I was researching for on campus housing and I think I saw a minimum age of 19 for dorms… does that mean 18 yr olds can’t live on campus??

  36. Does UBC look equally in your grade 11 and 12 grades fr your GPA or will they look more at grade 12, especially if its the same subject as the grade 11 one? Suppose you got 70s in grade 11 Chemistry but 90s in grade 12 Chemistry, will they ignore grade 11?

  37. I am genuinely curious about how can people get 9x% for their exams in high schools. In my city, if you manage to get an average of 80+ you are already the top student in the top school

  38. For the mental health aspect. I founded a student lead counselling sessions called "Student Social Support" where I helped quite a few people in their mental health and how to improve their life plus aided my really close friend through a rough phrase in her life. Can I talk about that and how it impacted me and changed my perspective in life and personal growth? I will be applying to become a Psychology Major and will further pursue M.D in Psychiatry. I think it will be a great subject to talk about and mention in my application but I am not so sure. What is your opinion on this?

  39. I got accepted to UBC but I would like to work in Toronto after I graduate(accounting). As a local, do you think switching cities after graduation to find a job is possible?

  40. how do you send my final IB result/transcript to UBC? I used the official IB website to send my transcript to ubc undergrad admission, i hope that's right. :/ and another question, how long will it take for ubc to tell you if you get the offer

  41. Hi Lina, thank you so much for this video! I'm applying to UBC rn and I was wondering if you could look over my essays if you don't mind? It'd mean a lot to me. If not, that's okay too. Thanks!

  42. i have a question, if i write a lot about my drum playing experience, should i make a drum teacher one of my references? idk if its better to stick to 2 teachers, or add someone outside of school. thank you so much for this video btw it helped a lot!

  43. High school is a joke, study 2-3 hours a day, almost anyone can score an A and get accepted into UBC. Just go on the admission web site and all the info are there. No tips required. The real challenges come after your undergrad when applying into Law, Medicine, Dentistry, and other competitive professional programs. Enjoy your time in grade 12 and don't stress too much about it kids.

  44. I just want to know how much it all costs! Please! And another question … Do you know anything about the application by IB?

  45. Hi! If I submitted by application by December 2nd (i know its a day late to be considered for first round), around when will I get my results back?

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