Life at UC – getting ready to live in a hall of residence

Getting ready for life in a hall of residence? It’s natural to feel nervous, apprehensive and excited all at the same time when you first arrive at your hall of residence (hall).  You’ll find it easier to settle in when you realise you are not alone and meet others with similar interests to yourself.  Make an effort to start up a conversation with someone – it could lead to a lifelong friendship. 

Here are some suggestions which will help you prepare for your arrival, and for settling into your new home.

Before you arrive

  • Plan to arrive on your contract start date. Let your hall know when you are arriving, particularly if you are arriving before or after your contract start date.
  • Check the information provided by your hall on what you need to bring with you and let them know if you are bringing any large items such as a bike or surfboard. Car parking should also be booked before you arrive, if required. Car parking in halls is limited, so get in early.
  • Your Residential Assistant or Tutor may/will contact you prior to arrival. Jot down any questions you want to ask before you arrive.
  • Join your hall Facebook group. You can learn a lot about other students who will be in your hall before you even arrive.

When you arrive

  • Your hall will have activities and events planned for when you first arrive. Look out for communication from your hall and plan to attend as many as you can – get involved.
  • Join the UCSA Facebook Group to find out what is happening during Orientation Week.
  • Make sure you know your 8-digit student ID number. This will come in handy when you arrive in your hall and at UC.

Tree removal on Ilam campus next week

Tree removal will take place next week, Monday to Friday, 19 – 23 November in preparation for pedestrian upgrades to the Law Car Park and footpaths through to Kirkwood Avenue.

Work will take place daily 8am – 4.30pm and noise is expected from machinery during this time.

This work is to provide safer pedestrian routes through the Law Car Park for the increase in staff and student numbers accessing the RecCentre and K1 Lecture Theatre.

Parts of the Law Car Park will be closed and access to the RecCentre Car Park and Warehouse will be reduced to single-lane traffic movements from Kirkwood Avenue while this work is being carried out. We recommend that staff park in Clyde Car Park during this time.

We do not approach the removal of trees lightly and will ensure that new plantings are incorporated into future development plans.

We apologise for any disruption during this time.

You are enough

Over the last three years, UC student Eleanor Hurton has had a role at Bounce – a Red Cross youth-led peer education project run by young people for young people. The Bounce website is a place for young people to find tips and inspiration to live life well.

Here, Eleanor provides some advice about the feelings that can come with grades or projects that can feel like we haven’t done a good job.

“This semester is the final semester of my degree, and I have done as much as I can to ensure I come away with the best degree possible. I want to graduate feeling like I have learned as much as I can and am able to put the skills I have learned to good use, to help make this world a better place.

I believe it is so important for us to have pride in our accomplishments. As young people we are all involved in various pursuits: study, work and volunteering to name a few. We often put a lot of time and a lot of heart and soul into the activities we do, and strive to be the best we can be.

But I think sometimes it is easy for us to feel like we haven’t done a good job – that our grades are not high enough or our projects are not successful. I know that I can be my own worst critic at times, and I know this is something a lot of young people struggle with.

So, I want you to think back to something you have done recently that you have put a lot of yourself in, and really allow yourself to feel proud of what you have achieved or what you are working towards.

Your efforts are enough, even if it does not feel that way at times. You are doing amazingly, and you deserve to feel pride in that.

After all, Sierra Boggess once said, “You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.”

Read her original blog in full here>

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