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.”

Have a blast this summer!

This summer is your opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, hang out with friends and family, and bathe in the sun! Here’s 5 insider’s guide tips for summer fun…

1. New years: whether it’s a getaway with some friends, a concert, or just a chill night with the fam, make it a night to remember! If you don’t have plans there is always a FREE New Year’s Eve event in Hagley Park which I’ve heard really kicks off once the Irish music starts!
2. Head into town and explore the botanical gardens:  chill out in the sun on Lazy Sundays listening to the sounds of local performers, or take a stroll through the rose gardens. Kayaking along the Avon is also an inexpensive and fun activity on a hot day!
3. Summer Theatre: relive your childhood with a summer theatre performance of Peter Pan.  Every year I find myself returning to watch the summer theatre’s newest production, as it makes for such a nice (usually warm evening), and is even better if you bring a picnic! This year’s performance is at Riccarton Bush, and is FREE which is even more of a bonus. There is also a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth held in the Mona Vale Gardens, tickets are $10-$12.
4. A Very Merry Scriptless: anyone who has seen the Court Theatre’s Scared Scriptless will understand just how hilarious improv comedy can be. To get you into the jolly Christmas spirit why not go to the Christmas themed show? Get in early as tickets sell out fast!
5. Cricket World Cup: I’m sure all you cricket fans are excited for the beginning of the 2015 cricket world cup (right here in CHCH!). The cup which is being jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia will showcase the world’s 14 best teams in a 44 day competition. See if you can grab some tickets!

Whatever you plan to do this summer make sure you make lots of memories, take heaps of photos and have a lovely Christmas break!

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