While elementary schools and high schools in this province sat empty Tuesday, it was a whole different story at post secondary institutions.
Universities and colleges were a beehive of activity as post secondary students returned to classes.
Thousands of students were back on the campus of UBC-Okanagan.
The University held an orientation day on the first day back.
It included all kinds of activities including a BBQ and a concert.
Alex Starker is one of about 1,500 students new to UBC-O this year.
The 20-year old moved here from Calgary two days ago to start her science degree
“I am feeling super welcome, really nervous but welcome too,” says Starker.
To help transition students like Starker into university life, campus tours took place throughout the day with senior students taking the newcomers around as part of the orientation day.
“We each have a group of about 15 of us that we are just showing around campus and getting them oriented for their first weeks of school and all their classes showing them their professors and where classrooms are,” says student guide Hannah Caldwell.
The student enrollment this year is just shy of 8,200 students.
It’s an enrollment number the university says is at its capacity, at least for now.
“We are planning now for another 250 bed residence, a commons building that will have a huge dining hall, we will put in more classroom space and we will put in some more student gathering and social space,” says the university’s Ian Cull.