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Advice to my first year self

Looking back, what’s one thing you wish you had known when starting out your first year at UC?

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Promote your Mental Health Awareness Week activities now

Are you planning to participate with staff or students in Mental Health Awareness Week activities from 8-14 October? We’re here to help promote your mental health initiatives on campus.Promote your Mental Health Awareness Week activities now


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Spring Clean Your Mind – Message from UC Chaplain Spanky Moore

“Hey, Kiaora everyone! My name is the Reverend Spanky Moore.

I am the Chaplain at the University of Canterbury.  Look, it’s spring time at my house, beautiful blue skies, isn’t it lovely.  Suns out.  Lemon tree fruiting. Gosh, everything feels so good right now.

Something I want to encourage you to do as you come into your first week of term four, end of semester, as you’re driving towards the end.  Is to do something I would call a spring clean of your mind.  You know sometimes we might do a spring clean of our house but often we don’t look at the thing that is closest to us, which is our mind, which has the most impact on how we’ll do in life. 

A while ago, I had in my car, this terrible stink that started to come out of my car.  I couldn’t work out where it was or what it was.   After searching my car i discovered, we had some Dubba Dubba, you know the Moroccan place down on Bush Inn corner.  We’d had some Dubba Dubba and I’d forgotten that I’d half eaten it and slid it under the seat of my car and when I got it out, it had sort of sweated in the plastic bag, and it was moldy and it had stunk out the whole car, but it was really really hard to find the stink.  It was kind of hidden away secretly.

I think that can be same with some of the ways that we think, we call it our self talk, or our mind traps.  Sometimes our brains get stuck in this loop and we start to think the worst of things.  We have a whole lot of self talk that isn’t based on reality.  Sometimes it’s based on our emotions, or just how we feel, our fears.

My challenge for you when you want to spring clean our mind is, You want to hunt down in your mind, where is there stinky thinking.  Stuff that isn’t true, it’s not serving you and in fact it is setting you up to fail.  

So, let me give you an example of something from my own life.  Sometimes, when I go and talk to strangers, I feel like they think that I’m lame, that I’m a loser and that they won’t like me but actually someone said, from now on Spanky, here is what you should say to yourself, say: “I’m going to assume that these people like me, until they prove otherwise”.  Does that make sense?

So, when I walk into a place, I assume that the people will like me and look, they can prove otherwise and I will accept that they don’t want to be my friend but other than that but other than that I am going to assume that they do like me.  That has actually set me up, so that when I go into rooms,  I’m actually much warmer, I’m less fear-filled, less anxious and you know what people actually like me more because of it. 

It’s the same with study, if you go into your exams saying “I’m dumb, I’m thick, I can’t do this”, it’s going to have that knock off consequence.

So, that’s my advice for you. It’s spring time, get into your mind, work out where is your stinky thinking and you’ve got to clean out the car.  Find out wherever that rotten takeaway’s are in your mind.  Get it out, you’ll be happier for it, you’ll be better with your studies, and you’ll actually like being with yourself.  Your mind has to be your friend.

Anyway, that’s my advice, have a great spring.

God Bless,