Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints

You are about to begin an exciting experience that will put you in touch with many new people from a variety of countries. You will learn a lot about others and especially about yourself.  Here are some hints to get you through the first few days and weeks.

Jet Lag

Jet lag is often experienced by those travelling to different time zones. Some effects are listed below and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Feelings include, but are not limited to:

  • Low-energy and fatigue
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Mood swings and feelings of depression

To lessen the effects of jet lag, drink lots of non-alcoholic drinks during the first 24 hours after your arrival. Try to keep active and avoid sleeping during the day, which contributes to poor sleeping at night.


You will probably be very excited when you arrive in Vancouver. Some people will never experience homesickness, whereas others may experience it at various times throughout their time away. If you feel homesick or have any other concerns, feel free to talk to the College Nurse or to a Counsellor. Common feelings experienced by students include:

  • Loneliness
  • Feeling as though no one understands you or can relate
  • Desire to return home
  • Thinking that people do not like you
  • Thinking a lot about your home country, family and friends.

It is normal and O.K. to feel homesick.  We do understand that almost all new students feel this way at some time.  Please come and talk to anyone in Student Services if you are feeling this way.

Vancouver Weather

Welcome to the Pacific North West!  The weather in Vancouver is often different from one day to another.  One day, it will be raining really hard, especially in the winter, and the next day it will be gloriously sunny and warm.  Make sure you are prepared by checking the weather each day before you leave for college. It is worth investing in a good rain coat, and umbrella, and comfortable, waterproof shoes.

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