Cat Friesen, Student Life Writer-In-Residence

It’s November: your assignments are all due at once, you’ve spent the last three weeks studying, panicking, and studying some more to prepare for midterms, and you forgot to print those notes for your friend (again). Your group wants to get together to discuss the project due next week (you haven’t started), and, because that’s just how life is, your car breaks down. Yeah, you’re stressed, and yeah, you think it would be easier to sell all your possessions and live as a nomad in Peru. But before you do that, maybe try a few of the things listed below.

  1. Breathe


Sounds stupid to say out loud, I know. But practicing breathing exercises lowers inflammation, reduces stress, improves blood flow, increases energy levels, and improves digestion. All things that stressed-out university students (and everyone else) need.

  1. Drink water


The internet tells me humans are supposed to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. Are you doing that? You should be doing that (coffee doesn’t count).

  1. Go for a walk

go for a walk

Do you remember what outside looks like? Have you crunched in leaves yet this year? Have you breathed anything other than stale library air for the last week? Get on it.

  1. Cook something easy, but good for you


French fries don’t count. A bag of chips doesn’t count. Grab a potato, a pepper, some broccoli, some garlic, and an onion. Chop ‘em up and fry ‘em in a bit of oil. Add salt and pepper and whatever else tickles your fancy. Boom, health.

  1. Stretch/Move


You’ve likely been hunched over your laptop for the last four hours. Get up and stretch those limbs, lest you cramp up and be stuck in that position forever. While you’re at it, maybe do a little jig; life is good, my friend.

  1. Talk to someone


Even the most introverted among us need human interaction. So pick up your phone and call your grandparents. They’ll be happy, you’ll be happy, and your brain gets half an hour where it doesn’t have to think of biochem.

  1. Say yes to seeing friends


Alternately, you can take the extra step and leave your house. You can’t stay inside forever, and if you keep trying to write that paper you might throw your laptop out the window. This one requires pants, but you’ll still get the benefits of human interaction, so it evens out.

  1. Pet a dog or cat


Seriously, you should be doing this every day. Petting those little fur balls for as little as ten minutes a day has the ability to lower your risk for heart disease AND reduces levels of stress and anxiety. I see no downside – even the fur sticking to your black jeans is worth it. (P.S. Caroline the Therapy Dog is in the Student Life Lounge every week on Mondays and Thursdays!)

  1. Seek out a therapist


If things are really bad for you (you aren’t sleeping, you haven’t eaten in a week), don’t be afraid to connect with a therapist. They’re trained to help you get through the worst of whatever’s going on, and they’ll be able to give you tools you can use when you find yourself in a rough spot later. UFV offers free counselling for students! Make an appointment here: https://www.ufv.ca/counselling/

Self Care After Midterms

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Midterm season has, mercifully, ended. You stayed up until 3 a.m. to cram for an exam or do some last minute adjustments to your paper, your schedule looked like a package of highlighters exploded on it (and, unfortunately, still does), and you’ve been living off of Doritos and coffee for the last three weeks. You’re overworked, you’re busy, and your body is screaming at you to “please, just eat one vegetable.” In short, you’re not taking care of yourself.

University is hard. Life is hard. But you’ve only got one body and one brain, and you need those to make it the last stretch until exams are done (45 days, but who’s counting). Right now, as you’re reading this. Stop for a minute or two, sit in the silence. Don’t do anything. Enjoy being still. Now, go drink a glass of water to clear the coffee from your system, and grab an apple. Take a short walk around your neighbourhood. Breathe in the fresh air.

The above will only take about twenty minutes, but if you’ve got a bit more time to spare, check out what Student Life has to offer this week: we’re hosting a number of events, ranging from learning to knit to hot chocolate and coloring. Best of all, all of them run for less than three hours. So, instead of chilling on your couch in PJs and crying into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie, why don’t you come out, relax, and meet some friends who are in the same boat as you. Because we’re all in this together, right?



The work-study positions with Student Life require that the successful applicant is enrolled in at least 6 credits during the summer semester. All work-study positions can be applied for through the CareerLink program, or by directly submitting a resume and cover letter to Whitney or Student Life.

Student Life Event Assistants – 2 positions for 60 hours

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under general supervision, plans and coordinates special events, which may include speakers, displays, and community initiatives. Schedules related activities and facilities. Prepares and maintains required documentation.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:  See out and seek to develop event resources from within and outside the UFV community. Build connection and relationship with clubs, associations, and student programs on campus. Help implement the marketing and promotion of Student Life Events by networking. Manage Student Life events which includes decoration, promotion, implementation, follow up reports and pictures. Support Clubs’ events by providing information and, where directed by staff, assisting them to organize and execute their events. 


Coordinates planning for special events, including consulting with student life staff to establish goals, services required, and fee schedules.

  1. Arranges space, exhibits, banquets, receptions, and other applicable event activities.
  2. Provides on-site coordination which includes problem-solving, decision-making, and interaction with staff, faculty, and students.
  3. Prepares and provides post-activity evaluation data, as appropriate to the objectives of the position; prepares scheduled and special reports as required.
  4. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of space allocation practices.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to coordinate and plan events.

The work-study positions with Student Life require that the successful applicant is enrolled in at least 6 credits during the summer semester. All work-study positions can be applied for through the CareerLink program, or by directly submitting a resume and cover letter to Whitney or Student Life.

SOLAR Activity Coordinator – 1 position for 60 hours

Job Description: Under the guidance of the Student Life Programmer(Whitney), the SOLAR Activity Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting SOLAR members, as well as scheduling and conducting outdoor outings and activities for the Student Outdoor Life and Recreation club.

 SPECIFIC DUTIES: The SOLAR Activity Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting members and planning an assortment of recreational activities. These may consist of day trips that range from backpacking, snow tubing, and rock climbing. The incumbent meets with the Student Life Programmer on a bi-weekly basis to update on the club’s activity and suggestions on how to expand the club. 

QUALIFICATIONS: – General knowledge of campus services, procedures and regulations – Must have a First Aid certificate; Standard or Wilderness is highly recommended – Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the critical ability to handle conflicts tactfully with minimal turmoil – Familiar with computer programs: Word, Excel, and Publisher – Must have attended UFV for at least two semesters prior to term of employment – Be diligent with administration of waiver forms. Should have own reliable transportation. Knowledge of trails and parks in the Fraser Valley is an asset.

The work-study positions with Student Life require that the successful applicant is enrolled in at least 6 credits during the summer semester. All work-study positions can be applied for through the CareerLink program, or by directly submitting a resume and cover letter to Whitney or Student Life.

New Student Orientation Assistant – 1 position for 5 hours a week (possibly more)

Job Summary: Under the guidance of the Student Life Programmer(Whitney), the New Student Orientation Assistant will aid in the planning and delivery of the Fall 2011 New Student Orientation program, the Six Weeks to Student Success program, and an Orientation program for a mature student audience. The New Student Orientation Assistant will work closely with Orientation Leaders to develop a WOW-factor for Orientation, such as a flashmob, skit or video. The incumbent will meet with the Programmer on a weekly basis to update on current events and to ensure the continued success of the New Student Orientation program.


 – Ability to work well as a team member as well as independently with minimal supervision

– Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills – verbal and written

– Must be exceptionally reliable and punctual

– Ability to analyze and solve problems; resourceful

– Ability to visualize and create tasks required to obtain objectives

– Ability to prepare graphic material and edit images

– Ability to clearly communicate creative concepts with Student Life staff as well as staff in IMS and Print Services

– Ability to follow through on tasks

– Ability to interact with a wide range of diverse members of the UFV community including the student body, faculty, staff and suppliers

– Ability to analyze and solve problems; resourceful

– Ability to be discreet and tactful; to handle confidential items

– Ability to work with multiple deadlines with attention to detail

– Ability to be flexible

Summer Wishes

Congratulations! You made it through another semester and conquered those exams. The Student Life department wishes all returning students a fabulous summer.
To our 2011 graduates, thank you for sharing your talents with us on campus and good luck in the future. Keep in touch!

The Student Life team

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Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi or Vasakhi) is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region, in India, which also marks beginning of a new solar year, and new harvest season.
To mark the celebrations, devotees, irrespective of Sikh religion, attend the gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship. The celebrations start early as devotees, with flowers and offerings in their hands, proceed towards the gurdwara before dawn. Processions through towns are also common. It is celebrated on April 14 each year.
$2 entry fee. All money raised will go to the Abbotsford Food Bank.