Why Apply for UBC Recreation Intramurals?

It’s that time of the year again! Applications for UBC Recreation and UBC Recreation Intramurals are starting to roll out (or coming to an end) – APPLY NOW. Application for the Student Recreation Centre Facility Operations Staff position closes on Feb. 27 at 11:59pm.
Still on the fence about applying? We asked a few of the current UBC Recreation Intramurals staff for their insight. Hopefully their answers will convince you to apply, because you should. 🙂

First, let’s introduce some of the awesome staff:

Vickram – 3rd year, Arts
Bree – 2nd year, Land and Food System
Caitlin – 5th year, Arts
Bronwyn – 3rd year, Film Production
Pilar – 2nd year, Arts
Shannen – 4th year Arts
Chuchu – 1st year, Pharmacy
Riley – 3rd year Arts
Julie – 5th year, Science
Carolina – 4th year, Science
Melinda – 5th year, Arts
Stefanie – 4th year, Science
Christian – 4th year, Business
Caoimhe – 4th year, Kinesiology
Harry – 5th year, Kinesiology
Stephanie – 3rd year, Kinesiology

Q: How many years have you been in UBC Recreation Intramurals?

Vickram: 1
Bree: Uno (1)
Caitlin: 2
Bronwyn: 2
Pilar: >1
Shannen: 3.5
Chuchu: 2
Riley: 3
Julie: 4
Carolina: 3
Melinda: 1.5
Stefanie: 3
Christian: 3
Caoimhe: 2
Harry: 2
Stephanie: 2

Q: Why did you decide to apply to UBC Recreation Intramurals?

Bree: I liked all the positive energy I got from all the events I participated in, from the staff and the volunteers. I wanted to be a part of that family.
Caitlin: It was a new opportunity on campus, another fun way to get involved! Everyone in REC also looks like they have so much fun all the time, and I wasn’t wrong.
Pilar: Love the community! I always hear good things about it and I want to go out of my comfort zone, meet more people, and gain more experience.
Chuchu: I was kind of lonely in first year and I wanted to be a part of something!
Carolina: I felt like something was missing from my university experience so I went searching for a new community on campus, and UBC Recreation Intramurals seemed like a good fit. I love sports, and the interactions that I had with Intramurals staff while participating in leagues were always positive.
Stefanie: I spent my entire first year not knowing how to get involved at UBC. It was such a big place, with endless opportunities. I met someone who was currently involved with Intramurals when I was volunteering at the UBC Triathlon, and he introduced me to the student staff experience. It was amazing to hear him talk about the program with such passion. It was in that moment that I know where I needed to get involved, and so I applied!
Christian: Like any overwhelmed junior student, I wanted to be part of something that could resemble a family.
Vickram: The jacket.
Stephanie: Agreed! I actually saw the jackets at my first ever Longboat and saw them all over campus in first year. After that, I kept checking back to see when applications would open so I could apply!!!

Q: How did you decide which crew/s you wanted to apply for?

Bronwyn: It is the closest thing to what I’m studying and what I want to pursue in my life. Picking Media was really a no brainer for me.
Shannen: Haha, Basketball was the only one open at that time.
Riley: I applied for second term and got an email from the Ice Hockey director for an interview over Winter Break, then got hired after that. I didn’t choose the Ice Hockey life, the Ice Hockey life chose me.
Julie: I chose Ice Hockey, cause it was all I knew.
Stefanie: My first experience with UBC Intramurals was at Day of the Longboat. That was the best experience for me, because I was able to see the University come together on a more intimate level through the event that was run, all by student staff! I applied to Events because I wanted to be a part of team that would provide students with that experience in subsequent years.
Caoimhe: After participating and volunteering at events, I knew that Events was for me! I wanted to challenge myself as much as I could, so I first applied to Events Crew 3 (our main events were Day of the Longboat and Storm the Wall). This past year, I have had the great opportunity to direct Events Crew 3.
Harry: Started as a co-op for the experience. Applied for the SRC Operations team afterwards cause I got to know the Operations team really well and needed a part-time job.
Stephanie: Picked Digital Media because it’s really satisfying to be able to see positive responses and feedback from participants when they interact with our online content. I also wanted a crew where I’d be able to gain hard skills that would directly apply to my future career.

Q: What is your favourite UBC Recreation Intramurals memory?

Vickram: Seeing my director get hurled into the sea during Day of the Longboat!
Bree: My favourite memories just entail being a volunteer at events. It’s super low stress and you get to watch participants enjoy what your peers have organized. It’s a chance to get to know and spend time with the other volunteers and be a part of something amazing.
Caitlin: The end of Storm the Wall last year. Storm is one of the few events I have run on campus where you are so dependent on the work of everyone else. You just have to trust that everyone is on top of their own section of the event and hope that it runs smoothly. Because of that camaraderie, when the event was over I wasn’t so proud of what I did, but what we had all accomplished for ourselves and the university as a team. It had become such a big part of my life and celebrating with everyone I worked with felt so rewarding.
Bronwyn: Sitting on the docks at the Fall Retreat with my crew, trying to figure out how to do star photography together. Best time under the stars.
Julie: The friendship I’ve made with Fred Kim (UBC Intramurals alumni)
Melinda: Dressing up as Snapchat ghosts and scaring people during the week of Halloween. Oh, and participating in leagues and events with other UBC Intramurals staff.
Christian: I enjoy the staff retreats at the start of September. It is especially fun when you have a unique group, bounded by a similar interest, that tries to become greater than the sum of its parts. On an ending note, I think its special when you can have your entire crew up at 6am to watch the sunrise. The sun rising is great, but to be up with ‘your’ crew in the morning, when they were nothing but a bunch of random names you were grouped with to form a leagues crew at the start of the semester, is something I find incredible.
Caoimhe: There are too many to choose from! I think dancing to “Shake It Off “and seeing how it can put a smile on anyone’s face as they are dancing their hearts out. OR just any encounter with all of the awesome staff and the great friendships I have made from it. 
Stephanie: My first Day of the Longboat as a UBC Intramurals staff – being able to see so many volunteers giving up a weekend of their time and coming together in such an energetic environment really brought home how dedicated all our staff are. They were there for the participants to make their experience better, but they also just really enjoyed being there and working together.

Q: What advice would you give to a potential applicant?

Vickram: Introduce yourself to everyone and you can make 150 new friends for life.
Bree: Be yourself! There’s no one you-er than you, and that will shine through in an interview. ALSO come volunteer at events – really gets your foot in the door.
Caitlin: If you want to be a part of a community, this is the place for you. Really show that you not only want to join UBC Recreation Intramurals, but you want to give it your all and embrace the time you have in the program. The more you embrace the experience, the better it will be.
Pilar: Don’t be hesitant, just do it! Don’t feel scared that everybody may be friends already, everybody is super inclusive and it’ll be easy to fit in and you get to meet lovely people.
Shannen: Be open to options. Expect a lot of work, but also expect a lot of rewards.
Riley: APPLY APPLY APPLY! The friends you meet and the experiences you take part in will be some of your greatest university memories, especially if you get involved beyond your own crew’s responsibilities and activities. Once I started volunteering for events when I was in leagues, I realized what an amazing impact that UBC Recreation has on the UBC campus and it made me appreciate my involvement in the program so much more.
Julie: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Carolina: You can do no harm by just throwing your application in. You have the opportunity to meet some pretty great people and get more involved on campus. Just do it!
Melinda: If you’re looking for some fun and excitement during your time at UBC, get your application in! There are times where it can be a lot of work, but at the end of the day, it’s all worth it.
Stefanie: Come out and volunteer at an event, meet some of our wonderful staff, and pick their brains about their position in the program – it will be a conversation you will never forget. We are all pretty friendly.
Caoimhe: Don’t be afraid to try something new! UBC Recreation Intramurals may seem scary at first, but it is a huge group of awesome people doing a whole lot of awesome things. Try to get to know as many people as you can; try out things you wouldn’t necessarily try; and just have fun with whatever you chose to do!
Harry: UBC Recreation Intramurals is a great place to start if you want to get involved on campus. You’ll meet lasting friends and great mentors cause of the vast connection. The full-time staffs are always there to help you so you’re never on your own. It can be a lot of work to be an intramural staff but it’s also very rewarding and FUN. You may take some time to get integrated with the intramural team but once you do it’s like a second home. The jacket is a sweet bonus.

Are you off the fence now? We hope you are! Applications for the Student Recreation Centre Facility Operations Staff position (paid) closes on Feb.27 at 11:59pm and applications for UBC Intramurals Staff (volunteer) opens this week. Give it a shot: https://www.recreation.ubc.ca/home-page/employment!

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