Taking care of your wellbeing during the return to campus

The last few months have been challenging and it’s okay if you are feeling a little overwhelmed. After spending the majority of last semester away from campus, we are gradually returning to normal. But sometimes even positive change can be disruptive to our wellbeing and feel a little scary. 

For some, the thought of coming back to campus may be exciting, for others this may cause anxiety and uncertainty. It’s okay however you’re feeling, we’re all adjusting at our own pace.

If you’d like some support there are some great services available for you here at UC

Practising good self-care is a great way to enhance wellbeing and to help manage any feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.

Check out these self-care tips for some ideas:

UC Student Blogger | Receiving an academic progress letter

After the release of your exam results, colleges will check the progress of all their students to see if they are on track. If you aren’t heading in the right direction, Academic Progress Reviews can provide help and support, and get you back on the road to success. Find out more about Academic Progress Reviews here

As part of this review, you may receive an academic progress letter. UC student blogger gives their personal experience of receiving an academic progress letter and how to make the most of the support available. 

“Getting an academic progress letter indicates that you haven’t performed well in the past semester, and this has come to the attention of the college you are enrolled in. Getting an academic progress letter is not an inherently bad thing, it is more of a check-in or preliminary warning. It just means that your college wants to make sure that you’re adapting well to UC and that you’re not missing out on any services that you’re entitled to. I myself received one after my first semester of studying, and since then my academic performance has improved significantly. Initially receiving an academic letter seemed intimidating, but I now view it as a positive intervention.

An academic progress letter is intended to be a kind of check-up note. Don’t continue on as though nothing has happened. Take what has happened into account and follow the instructions dictated in the letter. It is recommended that you go and meet with a student advisor at your college as soon as you can. Do this quickly so that you, alongside a student advisor, can make a game plan on what you’re doing next. Certain classes only occur once per academic year so it’s important to ensure you’re not going to spend longer at university than you need to. Your college and student advisors are on your side, but it’s up to you to take the first step and acknowledge that you may need a helping hand.

I had already planned to change degree prior to getting an academic letter. Therefore, I needed to go and see a student advisor in my new college to ensure that I had transferred credits correctly and was on track. I know several students who have made use of the academic services that UC offers to all students free of charge and they can’t recommend it enough. Take advantage of everything UC has to offer, university is tough enough there’s no need to make it harder than it needs to be.

The university has clear expectations for the number of hours you are expected to dedicate to each paper. For a standard 15-point paper you are expected to set aside 10 hours a week for studying. Therefore, for a standard course load you are supposed to dedicate 40 hours per week to studying. Many of us fail to dedicate this amount of time to our studies throughout the semester. Other times, there is just a lot going on in our lives which means university can take a back seat, leading to poor performance. An academic progress letter indicates that you need to improve your performance and should be taken seriously.

Getting an academic progress letter was very intimidating for me, but planning in advance and speaking with a student advisor meant that I remained on track to graduate without any extra time spent at uni. Take the first step and go and see someone at university. You won’t regret reaching out.”

Find out more about Academic Progress Reviews here

2020 UCSA Election: Nominations open soon!

Nominations for the 2020 UCSA Election open 22 July 2020!

Each year, UCSA members get the chance to vote for their representatives on the Students’ Association governance team (‘The Student Executive’). 

If you’re thinking about running as a candidate, please join us at our Election Information Session. It’s being held on 22 July at 1pm in Undercroft 101 (just after the UCSA’s Half-AGM). Here you can pick up your nomination forms and information packs. If you can’t attend, these can also be picked up from the UCSA reception (located inside Haere-roa) and online here.

Why nominate yourself?

There are so many benefits to being a member of the Student Executive:

Empower students: Student Executives have a say on how the UCSA’s governed, and represent the student voice at UC.

Build your CV: Being on the Executive is a real job governing an organisation with 165 employees (as of June) and a broad range of services. Not bad for the old CV.

Make connections: As a Student Executive you would get to know people from across UC and the wider community.

Get stuck into campus life: The UCSA runs fun and interesting stuff on campus, including events like Orientation and select food and beverage outlets likes The Foundry.

For more information about the UCSA, its governance and its services, visit www.ucsa.org.nz

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