Two Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) students from the University of Canterbury will be representing New Zealand at the World University Games to be held 3-14 July in Naples, Italy.
Max Attwell and Anna Percy will be competing in Athletics. Max is formerly from Wanganui Collegiate School and Anna is a former student from Christchurch’s St Margaret’s College.
The World University Games, or Summer Universiade, is a major international sporting event for student athletes from around the world. It is held every two years and this year more than 9,000 competitors from over 128 countries will take part in Naples for the 30th biennial event. It is second only to the Olympic games in participant numbers and countries in attendance and forms an important pathway for many Commonwealth and Olympic sports, especially athletics.
I’m really excited for the opportunity to represent my university and my country over in Italy. I’ve been aiming for this competition for a very long time and can’t wait to prove what I’m capable of. – Max Attwell
There’s no higher honour than wearing the fern on the world stage, so I’m super excited to get out there and hopefully do the university and New Zealand proud! – Anna Percy
How did you make the decision to study at UC? Were your friends coming here? Did UC have the perfect course for you? Or was it a feeling you had when you stepped onto campus for the first time that sold it for you?
Whatever the reason, now is your chance to give someone else the opportunity to discover what studying at UC is all about.
Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 11 July is the best way for your siblings, parents, whānau, cousins and friends to discover UC’s study options for themselves.
On Open Day, (nearly) everything is open. Visitors can find out about what UC has to offer, ask questions and explore labs, workshops and studios to see what student life at UC is like.
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Winter GradFest is happening from 10 June to 14 June, with a variety of sessions to help you on your thesis journey. From statistics to literature reviews to research tools, this week will provide useful guidance and tips on the research process. Plus, there are social events where you can share your ups and downs with your fellow postgrads!
Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your postgraduate studies, you will find something helpful. If you’re just getting started, you may need to apply for ethics approval, which can be an intimidating process. Having someone explain the application and some of the common mistakes people make will save you time later on. You will also get a sense of the timeframe so you can better plan your schedule.
For those in the thick of the data collection or writing phases, you may be feeling really stressed and want to know how others in the academic world manage their stress. The panel of experts who will be speaking know what it’s like and will share some strategies that work for them. We all handle stress differently, but it’s comforting to know we are not alone and there are things that can help. There’s also a mindfulness session on the last day. If you haven’t tried this technique, now’s your chance to give it a go.
If you’re nearing the end of your postgraduate study, keep going! You’re almost there. You can listen to your fellow postgrads discuss their practical tips for getting to the end during the ‘Are we there yet?’ session. There’s also a session on the oral exam so you’ll feel more prepared for what this means for you.
Kara Kennedy – PHD student
Visit the Winter Gradfest webpage to check out all of the sessions and events happening.
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