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Keeping the balance – Get Active

Partying is so much more fun when you’ve done enough cardio to dance all night. Keeping active is one of the ways that you will be able to stay focused throughout your studies. Having some sort of balance is very important but often overlooked. University is where you have a choice to develop either healthy or unhealthy habits, most of the time it ends up being unhealthy. Break this cycle and start getting active as soon as you get to uni this year!

Getting active in groups is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to socialise. Joining one of UC’s social sport groups, or something more niche like the climbing club or the tramping club will get you exercising but also meeting new people.

During my first semester; I wasn’t active enough at all. I just went out, went to class and went to work. No exercise that I went out of my way to do. Things changed the following semester, I slowly got more involved in rec centre classes like Zumba and Pilates with my flatmates. It’s fun to go in a group and it made me feel a lot more balanced. The rec centre is a fantastic resource, and it’s completely free for UC students. You do need to register on your first visit but after that you’re good to go for a year. Pretty much everyone has an activity or class that will appeal to them so get amongst it.

2020 was when I got back into skiing. I always associated this activity with my parents but making friends who like heading up to Mt Hutt changed all this. I’m not a gym rat but I love being outside and in Christchurch we have pretty much everything you could ever want available to you. There are great bike tracks in the port hills, bottle lake forest, McLeans island and the adventure park. Walks are pretty much everywhere. My personal favourites are the uphill climb at the adventure park and doing Rapaki on a warm day. Pegasus beach is great if you have a dog, and you can’t really go wrong with a walk around Hagley Park and Mona Vale.

Make the most of everything we’ve got around us.

UC Student Blogger | Study Tips

It’s nearly exam time! Have you organised your study space and got your timetable sussed? Take a look at some tips below from one of our UC Student Bloggers to help you make the most of your study time: 

Getting into the study mode at university is different than at school. Everyone is on a different timetable and it’s up to you to make sure that you’ve covered all your courses and content before it’s too late to cram.

  1. Creating a distinct working environment. Whether it’s the University library, your kitchen table or a desk in your room it’s important that you have your own space that is set aside for work only. Your bed does not count. Studies have shown that using your bed as a work space can interrupt and disrupt your sleeping pattern. This could spell disaster at exam time.
  2. Eating and sleeping well is really important to your success. If you have a test coming up don’t drink too much in the lead up, you can always go out after it’s over. Don’t let FOMO mess up your grades. There will always be another flat party the next week.
  3. When you take notes, whether it’s on a device or on paper. Please make sure you’ve backed them up. Put them on google drive or on iCloud to be safe. Losing your notes at the end of semester does happen to people. And, if you’re not friends with anyone else in the class you might not be able to get hold of the notes before test/exam time. Setting up Quizlets (free website for flashcards) for each module is a good way to memorise terms and content on your device.
  4. Procrastination happens and we should really stop beating ourselves up about this. If you’re spending all day procrastinating then you should figure out a new study method that might work better for you. Taking frequent breaks in a work session might be better for you than just trying to buckle down for an indefinite amount of time. But sometimes we just have our off moments where study just isn’t a happening thing.

Good luck in your studies everyone!

 

UC Student Blogger: Keeping the balance

Being active is essential for your wellbeing, helping you stay fit (both physically and mentally), improve concentration and sleep, and reduce fatigue. Joining group classes and sports are also a great way to meet new people. Find out how to make the most of everything UC, and Ōtautahi Christchurch, has to offer from one of our Student Bloggers: 

Keeping active is one of the ways that you will be able to stay focused throughout your studies. Having some sort of balance is very important but often overlooked. University is where you have a choice to develop either healthy or unhealthy habits. Try your best to make sure you have a few solid healthy habits set before the partying sets in.

Getting active in groups is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to socialise. Joining one of UC’s social sport groups, or something more niche like the climbing club or tramping club will get you exercising but also meeting new people.

During my first semester; I wasn’t active enough at all. I just went out, went to class and went to work. No exercise that I went out of my way to do. Things changed the following semester, I slowly got more involved in RecCentre classes like Zumba and pilates with my flatmates. It’s fun to go in a group and it made me feel a lot more balanced. The RecCentre is a fantastic resource, and it’s completely free for UC students. You do need to register on your first visit but after that you’re good to go for a year. Pretty much everyone has an activity or class that will appeal to them so get amongst it.

2020 was when I got back into skiing. I always associated this activity with my parents but making friends who like heading up to Mt Hutt changed all this. I’m not a gym rat but I love being outside and in Christchurch we have pretty much everything you could ever want available to you. There are great bike tracks in the Port Hills, Bottle Lake Forest, McLeans Island and the Adventure Park. Walks are pretty much everywhere. My personal favourites are the uphill climb at the Adventure Park and doing Rapaki on a warm day. Pegasus beach is great if you have a dog, and you can’t really go wrong with a walk around Hagley Park and Mona Vale.

Make the most of everything we’ve got around us.