UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Mikaila

Mikaila Ceelen-Thomas | Masters in Commerce, Green Marketing Guru and Eco Volunteer

This year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Mikaila – our social media superstar, ray of sunshine and Eco Volunteer (all while studying towards her Masters in Commerce). You might even recognise her from the latest issue of Canta – fittingly, it’s the Environment Issue!Mikaila zooming on her bike in the latest issue of Canta (photo credit: Java Katzur)

Tell us about yourself!

I am currently doing an MCOM Majoring in Marketing, my focus mainly on over consumption and why people choose to consume less / follow a sustainable lifestyle. Marketing for me is the gateway to reduce environmental impacts in the workplace and society – raising awareness about green marketing and leading by example. A fun fact about myself I love marmite on ice cream (don’t knock it till you try it).

Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

 After coming home from my exchange in the Netherlands I realised the huge passion I had for the environment and ensuring we maintain our relationship with mother nature. When coming back to UC I sought out for sustainability focused clubs and the got in touch with the Sustainability Office. I found some pretty awesome clubs in relation to making a difference and getting involved, and joining the Eco Volunteer team was a great move, allowing me to meet and hang out with like minded people at sustainability events on campus. I also gained a better understanding of my personal relationship with sustainability and where I fit in. The UC Sustainability team played a big role in helping me get more involved – now I work with Chloe from the Sustainability Office on social media and communications to promote sustainability events we have around campus. Helping get the message out and showing students how to get more involved with sustainability is key to increase engagement for students both on campus and in their personal lives.

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Mikaila (right) at UC Sustainability’s Rethink Your Wardrobe Clothes Swap event earlier this year, where she coordinated the social media coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

One area for me would be combining sustainability and engagement through social media. My main focus is communicating with students and staff the work we are doing around campus and our upcoming events. Ensuring that students are aware of the cool events we put on such as our Bike Breakfast or Zero Waste Workshops and then sharing a snippet of the action through blog posts, Instagram takeovers and Facebook. It’s so exciting to see all the people who come along to the events, and you can see this is often the start of something bigger for them. For example, we had 100 students come along to our Plastic Free July workshop! Right now I’m helping Chloe run some really cool giveaways over social media for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, and boy do students love giveaways!! It’s been really cool seeing students tag in their friends and flatmates in the competitions, and watching how excited people are getting about winning eco products like reusable straws and beeswax wraps is so cool!

I’m also a major contributor to the latest edition of Canta, which is the Environmental / Sustainability Issue (find me in Flat Famous – wohoo!!), and I’m doing some Plastic Free July blogging for the Sustainability Office on campus this week, so watch this space!

Mikaila with the pile of eco giveaways for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, where she has been coordinating the content for social media giveaways and competitions

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

How UC is continuously striving to become more sustainable, little things such as the Cup Library in both the Eng Core and the Undercroft are big for me. Since being a fresher at UC I have seen some pretty cool developments and become much more aware of how sustainable our campus is. Who knew we have plenty of fruit trees on campus? Also how the UCSA’s Tea Party and other events have switched from plastic disposable cups to reusable ones – and not to forget our beautiful community garden – it makes me proud to be a student at UC.

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Mikaila (bottom left) and her flatmates featuring in the Environmental Issue of Canta (photo credit:  Java Katzur)

Where to next for you?

This is my final year studying (woohoo), after finishing my thesis I shall step out into the real world and find myself a job. Ideally I will be working with a clean, green company that’s positively impacting the way we consume products. However, I would love to help guide businesses with sustainable practices, helping them grow and gain a better appreciation for our environment and why we need to take great care of it.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

 

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UC Mentoring provides new students with the tips and tricks of student life by those who know it best – YOU! 

If you want to share your wisdom with new students and help them settle into Uni, gain valuable experience yourself including communication skills and leadership, then we need to hear from you!  All of our mentors are supported with training seminars and workshops and become part of an awesome team of student mentors.  From Undergrad, to Post Grad, part time and distance, we are looking for mentors across all spheres.  Please note: we do not provide academic tutoring, it is based on a psycho social model of engagement.

Head to www.canterbury.ac.nz/mentoring to sign up to be a UC Mentor for 2020.  Closing date is 19 August and interviews will take place during the week of September 9.  All successful applicants are subject to VCA police checks.

If you want an informal chat or to find out more, contact Jo Carter via mentoring@canterbury.ac.nz or pop by Forestry 107.

 

 

 

It’s time to apply for TMIP 2020!

Are you are a market and business-savvy student who wants to learn more about the Southeast Asia market?

Then the Tertiary Market Immersion Programme (TMIP) to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore is for you!

The programme is run by the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) from 4-24 January 2020 and you’ll work on a group project in the weeks following your return to Aorearoa New Zealand.

SEA CAPE will meet all your expenses – travel, insurance, accommodation and meals. In return, you’ll need to complete specified tasks and promotional activities.

Why should you apply?

  • You’ll broaden your understanding of and engagement with Southeast Asia
  • You’ll learn about business environments and opportunities in the region
  • You’ll be introduced to social, cultural and political dimensions of life in Southeast Asia
  • You’ll work in teams, guided by academic and industry mentors, to develop a relevant business concept and present this at the end of the programme in Singapore

How could this programme benefit you?
Don’t only take our word for it – we’ve collected stories from students on the programme earlier this year. The students share how they now have confidence to talk about Southeast Asia and how it helped them see new opportunities to set up business in the region.

UC Arts student Charlotte Keir, says “TMIP was a valuable experience and I would recommend any tertiary student to apply. As a non-business student, I learnt so much about New Zealand entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia and the distinct business culture of each country.”

You can read more of the student stories here>

Who can apply?  You must be:

  • a NZ citizen or permanent resident
  • aged 18 or over
  • enrolled in an undergraduate programme at a New Zealand tertiary institution and have completed at least one year of study by the time TMIP commences

There are only 16 spots available on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Applications close at midnight on Sunday 1 September. 

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here>

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