What types of non-academic/ extracurricular work does UBC like to see on your application? And how much of it?
If I did decide to pursue a career in medicine I would be applying next year. I've just started volunteering at a therapeutic horseback ridding facility, where we give riding lessons to children and young adults who have chronic physical and/ or mental illnesses. I am also a competitive equestrian, and I have been for the last ten years (I've heard that UBC likes it if you're involved in a sport?).
All of my past jobs have involved working in horse barns, where I have been everything from a working student (and learning from FEI level trainers) to being an assistant coach for children's lessons.
Through all of my horsey experiences I would be able to explain on my application that, through working with horses, I have developed patience, perseverance, empathy, confidence, and the ability to take initiative and be a leader.
I know that some people get involved in research for their med application, but is that really necessary? I've read that UBC doesn't seem to mind what volunteer/ non-academic work you've done, just as long as you can show how it's shaped you and how you developed leadership skills. Is this true?
Would it be a good idea for me to get some experience in more of a hospital setting?
All opinions and comments would be greatly appreciated!