Why REC?

As a second year transfer student and a stranger to the city of Vancouver, I learned the hard way that meeting people in a campus setting can be difficult under even the most inviting circumstances. I spent my first year at the University of Alberta, taking classes and spending time with many of the friends I had made prior to university, and I never developed the skill set needed to meet new people. That’s not entirely accurate. Maybe I had them at some point in my past, but through years of neglect and stagnation, it seemed they were no longer available to me.
As you may have picked up on by now, I’m an introvert and a marble-mouth in most social situations, but there are a few circumstances which allow me to get comfortable and just have fun. One of those circumstances is team sports – hockey, in particular. And though I was never the most able player, I can talk the game with even the sharpest pundits (or so I’d like to think).
Half way through my first year in the lower mainland, a friend of mine from residence mentioned to me that there was a spot open on his REC league team. We had become close through our shared appreciation for the sport, as well as our mutual need for a person to watch it with. At first, I was hesitant; it had been sometime since I had laced up in anything more than a pick-up game at the ODR. But I thought it over, brought my equipment back after winter break, and joined The Stonecutters of the Todd Ice Hockey League.
I loved playing for that team– I probably wouldn’t be writing this if I felt otherwise. To this day, a little over two years later, I still play with a few of the players. That first association with REC did something else for me, apart from introducing me to the Todd league: it created more opportunities for me within the organization. I did a brief stint reffing, and now I’m here with The Point.
UBC REC offers league play in nine different sports. While it can be difficult to muster enough people for an entire team, free agency is an option for anyone interested. Signing up solo also carries the added benefit of being paired up with a group of entirely new faces and people you will potentially hit it off with. Combine the available leagues with weekly classes at the SRC, and there is likely something you can feel comfortable trying your hand at.
Beyond participation in recurring classes or league sports, REC has a wide and expanding arsenal of events being planned every couple of weeks. Big ticket events like Storm the Wall and Day of the Longboat are considered by many to be quintessential to the UBC experience, and attract a large number of students each year.
Last but not least, all students can apply to work and learn with REC. Each spring the organization accepts applications through the UBC Careers website for over a hundred different volunteer positions. From planning events and coordinating leagues, to focusing on media and marketing or writing articles like I do, it’s an invaluable chance to gain practical experience in an enthusiastic and supportive setting. Many staff will tell you that working for REC has shaped their university experience. Furthermore, all staff become good friends while helping to make campus a more active, vibrant and enjoyable community.

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