Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Established in 2014

2014 has been a great year for many reasons and the student talents and initiatives that have surfaced are commendable.  Plenty of new student clubs were formed this year to add to the already wide and diverse pool of clubs on campus.

A total of 14 new clubs were formed in 2014 by both eager first years and seasoned seniors. The clubs created cover a broad range of interests including academic, recreational sports, arts and social.

Out of these 14: FishSoc, UC History SocietyBeardsocUC Surf , UC PathwaysCOMSOC, Strobe, The DJ Academy, UCLing, Student Supporters Army (Cantabs), Global China Connection Canterbury, The Investment Society, Poetry Society and Veg Sustainability Club of UC; Strobe and BeardSoc are probably my favourites.

Both of these are clubs created by now former first years who lived in halls of residences. While Strobe focuses on the art of gloving and promoting a good social scene, BeardSoc focuses on the love for a good, well-groomed beard, the appreciation of it and general banter.

These two stand out to me because being created by first years, it’s sort of symbolic of all the opportunities that UC has to offer. It’s an indication that you can chase and fulfill your dreams and UC has plenty of resources to support it.

For more information on these clubs and all other UCSA clubs, follow this link :

Next year and beyond…

It feels pretty crazy to be writing this, but I have just completed my Bachelor of Arts in Media and Psychology!

Three years ago I arrived at University as a ‘fresher’ and was nervous about what the real world would bring. I had a blast at Orientation, met heaps of new friends, filled my brain with new knowledge, and experienced many different courses before I narrowed my options down. I’m glad that I entered into first year with such an open mind and tried so many different papers – English, Media, Psychology, Sociology and even Philosophy! Now I’m three years older, hopefully a bit wiser, and feeling ready for what next year holds in store. I’ve decided to stay on for another year at UC and have been accepted into Honours in Media  and Communication!

I’m really excited for what my course will teach me and how it will further my job prospects for when I leave.  University is such a personal journey and you really have to choose what you think is right for you. No matter which path you take, it will work out and you will grow along the way. Taking Philosophy in first year definitely showed me that! At first I found the concept of the course a bit crazy and I wasn’t sure how I kept getting As for my essays when I didn’t even understand what I was writing. But the course taught me how to think differently and respect other people’s opinions, plus I even met a good friend. If University has taught me one lesson over the last three years, it is to give everything a try before you say that you can’t do it.

Congratulations to those who are graduating this year and those who are undertaking further study next year.

Happy holidays!

All Black Kieran Read congratulates graduates and welcomes new students to UC

Kieran Read, UC student and All Black
Kieran Read, UC student and All Black

Did you know that All Black Kieran Read is a UC student? Well, now you do. He has actually been a student since 2005. As you can imagine, a career as an All Black (and a Crusader), as well as having a young family would make studying pretty tough…and we thought we were busy! But with the help of his supervisor and Acting Head of the School of Sport and Physical Education, Glen Fyall, Kieran has slowly been chipping away at his sports coaching degree.

As the summer intern at UC’s Communications and Stakeholder Relations (CSR) department, I got to meet Kieran and chat about his UC experience so far. Despite his hectic schedule, Kieran stressed the importance of having some sort of plan for life after rugby, hence the significance of his study towards a sports coaching degree here at UC. When asked if he planned on coaching rugby, Kieran was hesitant to commit, saying it was too stressful and suggested “maybe cricket or something” would be more appealing.

On his time as a student at UC, Kieran began like so many of us – in a cold flat. “The Canterbury Rugby Union put me up in this flat when I came down – very cold, old villa…wasn’t the best. So by the time it got into winter we had to move out (laughs). It was too cold.” Now, several years later, he presumably resides in more suitable accommodation and hopes to complete his degree in the coming year.

To of this week’s graduates Kieran said, “Congratulations to everyone who is graduating; it’s a massive achievement. It’s probably only the start of your life so enjoy what you’ve done, but know that you can take the University of Canterbury going forward [for] what you do in your career…good luck for that and enjoy it”.
And for UC’s new students in 2015, be encouraged by Kieran’s love for UC; “I love Canterbury, the region, and certainly the University. It’s great you know, the thing that they’re doing, trying to get me to finish my degree (laughs), which is taking a long time but, you know, I’ll get there in the end. It’s an awesome place to be, and study, and enjoy life.”