What postgrad study taught me about life

Postgrad student Emily Henderson* shares with you what she has learnt about life through postgrad study, so far.

*Emily is writing under her pen name so you can’t judge her on how she folds her sheets!

  1. Everyone is pretending to be an adult.
  2. Undergraduate has too many exams. Like, seriously. Google is everywhere.
  3. The morning is actually a really useful time of day.
  4. No one understands my topic. Including me.
  5. For the first time as a Kiwi I’m a minority in my own country. The world is BIG, and the paths people take to get ANYWHERE are so diverse.
  6. Just because I deserve a scholarship, doesn’t mean I’ll get one #alwayspoor.
  7. My mum was right I fold my sheets the wrong way.
  8. Postgraduate study is like working in a full time job but getting away with only turning up 3 days a week.
  9. Procrastination is a fabulous resource to realise how much more successful everyone else is.
  10. Undergrads seem to think I’m some sort of foreign species. It’s fun watching them out my window when they think I can’t see them.
  11. No one cares that I failed Latin in my second year now, except my mum.
  12. Studylink gets progressively more unhelpful and moving out of home seems progressively less likely.
  13. Facebook is now a way to network.
  14. Facebook needs to burn all the photos from my undergrad.
  15. Facebook needs a note function so I can remember where I met all these people.
  16. The work force is overrated. Never join it. Stay in the comfort of university forever #yourstudentloangetswipedwhenyoudie

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Flo Hinder takes on Plastic Free July challenge!

Flo 3Fourth-year Civil Eng student Flo is one of the UC students who is going plastic free during Plastic Free July. Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. Flo shared some of her plastic free tips with us, and why she is doing it.  

What will you try to do during July? To cut out all waste actually, not just plastic! This means not purchasing single use items, no wastage (not even recycling!). However, I will use the organics collection bin because it’s a super system in Christchurch for making compost.

Why are you doing the challenge? I think waste and consumerism have become two really big problems in today’s society. So many items are being created just for convenience, driven by purely short-term thinking and yet this will ruin us in the long term. I also think the University should really try cut down its waste more, with so many (food) places having only the option of single use items. By doing this challenge I want to show people that it is possible to live without creating as much waste!

What do you think is going to be hard? I think going out for dinner, and going for drinks/social occasions will be challenging as it’s not a social norm to carry around your own container or glass to drink from! I also think being able to resists bargains when I am shopping will be hard, even when they are wrapped in single use plastic.

CupWhat are some of your favourite waste-free items? I have a little cup set that I keep in my bag 24/7 just in case I want a beverage on the go, and there are only plastic cups. I am also pretty passionate about waste-free bathroom products. I have a safety razor that is not made of plastic and can be reused. The one I have cost about $13 and came in only cardboard packaging with tonnes of little refill blades and it works a treat! I also love my trusty bamboo toothbrush, just google ‘bamboo toothbrush’ and you’ll find heaps of options. Instead of bottled shampoo or soap, I use shampoo bars and soaps. I order mine locally from Ethique, which is run by a UC alumna! I recommend trying out the starter packs. I use a menstrual cup for that time of the month, the UC pharmacy stocks them or you can find them (cheaper) online, and I honestly think it was the best purchase I have ever made!

BambooWant more info on plastic free bathroom products? Check out

Are you keen to take on the Plastic Free July challenge too? You don’t have to go all out! You can choose to do it for a week or the whole month and you can either refuse ALL single-use plastic or the TOP 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws. Have a look on the website for ideas on how to get started (and no, you don’t need to sign up)!

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Sexual consent – views from uni students

Uni students share their views on sexual consent in this video from the New Zealand Police.

Sexual consent – what it is, how to ask for it and how to know when you’ve got it.

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