Category Archives: Wellbeing

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.

Get ready for UC – tips for new students

Walking into a giant lecture theatre in a huge building can feel absolutely awesome, as you take your seat with more than 200 people. 

This might be the first time you experience the difference between a highly structured, teacher-driven school system and the  self-directed learning system at uni where it’s up to you. 

The team at Student Success have put together the following tips to help get you off to a great start.

Tip 1: Attend all lectures and tutorials

 

Show up to your lectures and tutorials, and submit all your assignments  no matter how much it contributes to your overall grade. 

If you need advice to manage your time the Academic Skills Centre offer time management workshops at are amazing (and free).

Tip 2: Plan and get organised early

Uni is busy right from the start, so it’s important you arrive ready to learn.

Grab a campus map and go for a walk to find out where your lectures and tutorials will be held and once you’ve got your course information you could start making a schedule.

  • Put a wall planner up and mark out when your assignments are due. 
  • The Academic Skills Centre runs a range of free courses that will help you get your head around uni – check them out and book into courses early. 

Tip 3: Ask for help if you feel you need it

Need help with something else? 
Feeling homesick, lonely, experiencing culture shock, or unsure about changing your course? Student Care is an awesome place to start. They can listen, chat with you and help you think through solutions. 

If you’d like to talk to someone about settling in to life at UC or getting help with course work – or if you just need someone to talk to – help is at hand. All you have to do is ask.

 

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