Reflection on a Big Day

Yesterday was the big day and I still can’t get over how amazing and awesome it was. After reflecting on yesterday’s ceremony and looking over the pictures for the tenth time, it made me think how much had changed. Besides the usual things like the Sauder building and the 480 bus route that changed over the years, the young teenager who entered UBC is now a young adult today.

One of my favorite moments from yesterday was the speech that our fellow graduate said. “It is not what we had done, what we are doing and what we will do. After all, we are human beings and not human doings.” This led to the questions of being who we are and what we had become by doing these things. As Sauder students, we are encouraged to do our best and seize as many opportunities that come our way. By doing these, we forget to reflect on the person inside, ourselves, who we really are and what we have become. I experienced this “human doings” situation, after all I am human, but I am happy that this speech pulled me back to that the question of who I really am and this was something that I brought with me when I went on exchange. Going on exchange was the defining moment of my undergraduate studies as it led me to understanding myself more and seeing the world in a different light.

I would not have changed the past five years. I am grateful for all the moments that shaped me and for each person who came across my path and made a difference in my life no matter how big or how small it was. To my parents, siblings and friends, thank you so much for all the love and support. To my fellow Sauder graduates of 2013, I am going to miss all of you. Stay in touch and until we all see each other again!

This is it…Debbie Jessica Uy Chan, BCom

UBC Grad 2013









“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13









Four years and counting at Sauder! Where did the time go?

I can’t believe the past four years are coming to an end. Even though I’m not walking the stage today, most of my friends are and it is wonderful to see all of their hard work being celebrated by families and friends. I still remember the day when it all began, Frosh 2008. I hopped on the 99 B-line to UBC with my small luggage to get ready for a weekend away from home to experience some “Sauder” orientation. We all know what happened during that weekend. After party at that ghetto East Van skateboard building, yup. From that day on, I met an amazing group of friends – people who shared long hours, tears, worries, laughter and most of all, stories with each other. Thank you everyone for all the lessons, memories and inspirations. Knowing that I have a great support system of friends to bounce off ideas and opinions with is beyond awesome and I am forever grateful. As this chapter of our lives closes, I am looking forward to seeing and hearing from you all as our “real life” world opens. Even though we are not in the same building/place as we continue on with our life journey, we are always just a Facebook, Twitter status and photo updates apart. Keep in touch, Sauder Grads 2012!

To round it up, I leave you with 5 tips that I have accumulated from my past four years at UBC and Sauder School of Business. Enjoy!

1. 5 is the new 4. It’s OK to graduate in 5 years. I wish I knew about this earlier because I would have planned things better and took opportunities that being a student can have. Having more time also gives you the opportunity to try different things and see which ones you have a strong passion for.

2. Exchange – heck yes! I cannot stop raving how much my exchange mean to me because it is still so surreal how much I have grown just in 4 months. Exchange is all about experiential learning. It gives you the chance to learn outside the classroom and learn from different situations you are thrown into every single day. Plus, you gain a bunch of friends from all over the world, which gives you an excuse to travel and visit them.

3. Get out of your own bubble. Be involved in other clubs/organizations outside your faculty. It’s a great way to meet other people who have different interests and experiences than you during university life.

4. Explore the most beautiful campus on earth. Living at home did not give me much of a chance to experience university life at UBC but seriously we have the best campus ever – the mountains, the water, the gardens. My favorite view is the one facing the mountains and water with the rose garden. Morning walks to Anthropology building for a 10am class was a sweet way to end this semester.

5. Spend time with your university friends! Everyone is leaving and is off to their new adventure and honestly, it is going to be hard to schedule a lunch or even a dinner date with everyone together (having the same problem right now :P). Make sure to spend time with them as much as you can while you’re still in school together. For me, this past semester was the best because not only did I reconnect with some of my friends whom I have not talked to since first year, it also helped me to continue building the strong friendship that I already have with them as the years come.

Congratulations Sauder Grad 2012! The butterflies must be running endlessly in your stomach today as you cross the stage. I can’t wait to experience it next year and share the moment with the rest of the graduates.

“Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach.