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Volunteer, make a difference, feel the difference

Yes, volunteering is a selfless deed that is meant to make someone else better off; but it definitely has something in return for you. The returns are intangible but definitely lasting. That sense of direction, realisation or even inspiration gained is priceless and may steer your life down an entirely different path. This is exactly what happened to Anna Cusack, a Law student at UC who worked with families in Malawi earlier this year.

UC law student Anna Cusack in Malawi.
UC law student Anna Cusack in Malawi.

As one of five youth ambassadors for World Vision, Anna visited Malawi to attend the 40 hour famine annual fundraiser. This opportunity has left her with a sense of professional direction as she is seeking to carry out international aid and diplomacy work when she finishes her degree.

In her interview, she makes a thought provoking statement that “an awesome aspect to studying law at Canterbury is a real focus on giving back to the community. The law department is to make it compulsory to do a certain number of service hours helping in the community before completing a degree.”  Personally, I think this should be adopted by every department. In today’s world, where only the best survive, we often forget to help the ones lagging behind and in need and often forget to appreciate the simple things in life.

A university degree is meant to be holistic and making volunteering a requirement only enhances the intangible quality of the degree. The experiences, stories and reflections learnt and experienced only leave us as a better person. From personal experience, I can say that volunteering, especially for the things you care about, really does give you a sense of who you are and makes you realise what you stand for and where you come from. There’s just something about going out there and trying that gives you this sense of satisfaction and sudden can-do attitude and strength.

Start small, explore your options and find what you love. Trust me, it’s out there, you just need to be patient and open minded to find it .If you don’t know where to start or lack motivation and focus or are just looking for some support to get started, join one of the many volunteering clubs on campus. Some of the biggest and most well-known are of course the Student Volunteer Army, UC Red and 180 Degrees consulting for example. Here’s the link of the clubs on campus, if you’re keen to explore your options:

Volunteering not only enhances your personality and enriches your life, but also looks great on your C.V. So, get out of your shell, try new things, advocate what you stand for and get on with making a difference.

Look after yourself, your mates (and call your mother some time)

Call your mother some time
Luke’s Dad.

There are some exciting improvements occurring around campus at the moment but as you’d expect, there’s more of a hazard risk with the increased mix of pedestrians, skateboarders, cyclists and moving vehicles. We want you to stay safe so please take extra care when moving about campus. We’ve also made a pretty good guess that your parents want you to stay safe too so you may notice some new signs appear by construction zones around campus (like the image displayed on the right). Take a look at these signs and see what other messages parents have for you.

What do you think of these signs? Leave us a comment.

Ever considered going global?

A university education gives you more than just a degree; it makes you realise who you are, tests you and gives you a new perspective on life by molding you into a more evolved being with a range of experiences. If attending university at home can give you so much, imagine the endless possibilities an overseas exchange can offer!

Going overseas, stepping out of you comfort zone and facing both new and exciting challenges in a foreign land provides you with a valuable and diverse range of skill sets that will set you apart from the crowd and last you a lifetime. Fortunately, here at UC there are many options for you to choose from. Whatever experience you’re after, there are more than fifty partner universities that could meet your needs.

Why wait till the end of your degree to go abroad, meet new people and have new experiences when you can do it right now in a safe and supportive environment. Fancy new cultures, exotic food and architecture? Pick a university in Europe. Business minded and looking for experience in the real world whilst having a good time? Pick one of the renowned partner business schools in Asia. Don’t know where to start? Consult the University’s International Relations office and they are sure to sort you out.

Be brave, take a leap of faith and get ready to discover yourself by setting foot in a new country that is sure to leave you mesmerized with all its beauty and a new you; because you get only one life and only you can make it count.