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Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Kia ora UC community, 

My name is Ash Anderson, and I am currently interning with Zin South at UC Sustainability over summer! Zin and I are interning through the UC Arts PACE program.

Zin and I by one of the many wonderful fig trees.

I thought I would share a little about myself. I am a second year student at UC studying a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classics. I have always been interested in living a more sustainable life so being able to work with likeminded people has been an absolute treat so far!

The main project Zin and I are working on with the incredible team at UC Sustainability is updating the edible campus map! Wait, did you not know UC was an edible campus? Well, neither did I before being introduced to this project. Thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute and their wonderful intern Matthew Conley, we have been able to partner together to create a virtual story map of UC’s food forging locations! This means that everyone can help themselves to various fruits available on campus! Including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas and much more!

Pears growing on the tree near Cafe 1894
A fig growing on the tree by the Fine Arts building.

The UC Sustainability Office’s goal is to help create and change practices within the university and the wider community to be more sustainable and economical. Food forging is just one of the ways they embody this. Having access to fruit trees encompasses many of the UN’s  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we can’t wait to share more about this in our next blog post. 

Stay tuned on social media for updates around this project, including the launch date of the map!

Until next time,

Ash Anderson. 

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How to manage fear of failing

With exam results coming up soon, it’s normal to feel worried or anxious about getting a mark you weren’t expecting. It’s a stressful end to a turbulent year, but remember that everyone experiences setbacks and disappointments in life. It’s how you manage these feelings, and what you decide to do next, that can set you back on the path to success. 

Here are some tips on how to manage your fear of failure, and what you can do next: 

  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to process what happened, and do things you enjoy to distract yourself for a little while. You can talk friends, family or the UC Support Services. You don’t need to be hard on yourself. 
  • Failing is a part of learning and success – if you get knocked back, think about what happened. What could you do differently? You could put together a plan for what you will do next and how you can make a success of what happened.
  • Everyone experiences failure – even the most successful people don’t always make it the first time. What matters most is how you look at what happened. 
  • Failing and defeat are not the same thing – sometimes it is precisely because we failed at something that our success eventually comes. Is failing a barrier or a stepping stone to success? We each get to decide. 

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Find out more aboout fear of failing here> 

Quick tips to boost your mental focus and lose the brain fog

Move Better. Feel Better. Think Better.    

If there’s one thing that will help you sharpen your focus and get you back on the study train, it’s getting a little bit of movement into your day. 


You know how you feel a little fuzzy in the brain some days, and can’t think straight?  The common response is to reach for a(nother) coffee or energy drink and maybe something a little sweet or savoury. In fact, you could do better for yourself by reaching for water and a little exercise snack.

Short-term response 

The brain is a wonderful thing. A 10min, one-time burst of activity can boost your brain power, at least temporarily. Other studies have shown similar benefits for 20min bouts. So, even if you feel you can’t commit to a long-term programme, or a longer excursion to the gym/park/pool, there’s no reason you can’t reap the benefits of exercise throughout your day.  Utilise those 10min study breaks with a little brisk activity!  It could also be part of your exam day strategy!  
How does the water help?  Our bodies and brain need to be optimally hydrated to optimally function. Front load your day with a big glass of water with breakfast, then keep the water bottle handy and sip, sip, sip away the day. Bonus – you may even help clear up your skin, improve digestion and promote healthy muscles & recovery. Don’t forget to take your water with you to your exam!

What do I have to do to get these benefits?

Anything that gets you a little huffy and puffy, to release the happy brain chemicals. But don’t overdo it, or you might feel too tired! 

If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Head to the Rec&Sport app (it’s free to download), make sure you have joined the RecCentre (it’s levy funded, but you do need to register), and then within 24hours you can access a library of on-demand workouts. You can watch our handy 3min ‘how to’ guide on Youtube, or just figure it out in-app. The classes from 10 mins – 45mins, covering kickboxing, yoga, pilates, barre and HIIT workouts. These classes will be free to all students throughout your exams.  

If you can’t get the app, we also have our lockdown classes saved on our YouTube channel, saved in handy playlists, so you can go back and do some of these at your leisure.  

Good luck with your exams everybody. 
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