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Clubs and the UC experience

Jack Whittam is the Equity & Wellbeing Rep on the UCSA Exec. Check out below what he has to say about the UC Club scene and how it can become a defining part of your daily life at UC.

And make sure you go along to UCSA Clubs Day being held from 11am – 2pm on 19 and 20 February on C Block Lawn. 

 

 

Let’s face it, the prospect of starting University can feel as overwhelming as trying to change a tyre using a toothbrush. Yet in reality, UCSA (University of Canterbury Students’ Association) provides hundreds of support and guidance services, clubs, and special interest groups that all seek to facilitate your hauora – your wellbeing. You see, a focus on wellbeing isn’t something that deserves attention for a short period – your wellbeing is a fulltime job, 365 days a year. That’s why one of the best things you can do in your first year at uni is make decisions and take opportunities that your mind and body will thank you for!

One fantastic way to do this is by joining a club. Or two. Or ten. No, we’re not talking about the obligatory extra-curricular sign ups of high school, just to get a shiny badge for your blazer. We’re talking about over 150 clubs, appreciating everything from Canoe Polo to Curry, Backyard Cricket to the DnB frothers. We’re talking about real people connecting over real life – helping each other realise there’s so much more to your time here than a GPA and a Grad Hat. UC boasts arguably the most active student club culture in Aotearoa, so we reckon you’d be a fool to not get stuck in.

Don’t just take our word for it, come along to club’s day and see for yourself, or check out this link and get stuck in. Future you will thank you for it we promise. If you were considering skipping the UCSA Clubs day or you feel a little overwhelmed as you stroll through the hundreds of sign up stalls during O-week, don’t be shy help yourself to a snag and join those crazy students offering you this that and the next thing. This will be held 11am-2pm Feb 19-20th on C Block Lawn. Click here for a list of all the clubs you can join!

We are constantly told that your time at university is a period where you find yourself. However, were not here to fool you team, university will be hard and it will challenge you but we can guarantee that involving yourself in the UC Club scene will help you find your community and become a defining component of your daily life at uni. 

Jack Whittam
UCSA Equity & Wellbeing Rep
ucsa.org.nz

 

UC Rec Centre – sorted your membership yet?

If you’re keen to look after your health and wellbeing while studying, UC Rec & Sport offer great opportunities to lift, move, play and restore. 

UC RecCentre membership is covered by your student services levy* and gives you access to facilities including a gym, boxing training area, climbing wall and sport courts. Membership also includes an extensive group fitness programme with everything from yoga and pump to spin and circuit classes.

New students
If you haven’t sorted your membership yet, you can sign up online – you’ll need to create a new RecCentre account using your student email. During your first visit to the RecCentre we’ll activate your Student ID card and take a photo of you.

Returning students
Your existing 2018 membership will expire on Friday 1 March. You can renew your membership online – you’ll need to log in to your existing RecCentre Account. We’ll then activate your Student ID card when you next visit.

This is also a good time to sign up for social sport leagues, small group training courses and the 2019 Group Fitness Challenge if that interests you.

You can also register your interest in any of the huge range of sports clubs on campus.

Find out more about UC Sport.

*Most classes are at no extra cost if you are registered with the RecCentre. Some classes involve an additional charge.

Find your way with UC Finder app

UC Finder app is here to help you find your way around campus. Download it to your phone now for free on Android and iPhone.

The app allows you to easily find what you’re looking for on campus. Find lecture theatres, cafés, car parks, bike stands, libraries, computer workrooms, departments and other facilities.

Each location is shown on an interactive map and when your GPS is enabled the map will indicate where you are and highlight the path to your destination.

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