UC Alumni: Meet Sam, Jazz Guitarist

Click to see what Sam's life is like as a jazz guitarist in NY
Click to see what Sam’s life is like as a jazz guitarist in NY

Sam Blakelock graduated from UC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music. Sam is now studying towards his Masters in what he sees as the birthplace of jazz – New York.

Sam worked as a musician on cruise ships to save money for New York, which wasn’t always easy…hear his nightmarish story of what happened to him on stage! He managed to scrape together enough money with the extra help of some amazing scholarships and crowdfunding.

See how Sam juggles living, interning and studying in New York! Read the full story from the Flocking Kiwis series by The Wireless.

National Volunteer Week: Co-curricular Record Activity Spotlight – 180 Degrees Consultants

Now we’ve reached Day 5 of NZ’s National Volunteer Week and our 5th volunteer activity spotlight for the Co-curricular Record.

For those who enjoy working with charities and non-profit organisations, the 180 Degrees Consulting club gives you the opportunity to work with real world organisations to help them improve the impact they make on society.

180 Degrees Consultants at the UCSA work within teams on a project aiming to support their organisation in how they could improve their image, outreach and social impact. Each receives training on how to come up with effective solutions and have the opportunity to make a difference with current operations in over 18 countries.

If you want to get involved with the world’s largest student consultancy at UC, read more information on the CCR website: www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/ccr/activities/180-Degrees-Consulting.shtml

You can also check out other activities on the CCR website and find out how to register: www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/ccr/activities

Eggcellent toasted sandwich

Hungry? Yes. Lazy? Yes.

Solution: egg toasted sandwich. It’ll fill you up with very little effort. Here’s how:

  • Plug in the toasted sandwich press and put in a slice of bread, buttered-side down, straight away so it starts cooking.
  • Slather on some relish – I’ve used beetroot chutney but standard tomato relish is great too.
  • Layer some ham, or cooked bacon if you’ve got it!
  • Cut a few thick slices of cheese and arrange to form a square egg-nest.
  • Crack an egg into the nest – the cheese will secure it so it doesn’t run everywhere.
  • Place another slice of bread on top, buttered on the outside, and cook for a good 10 minutes.

Voila; a satisfying meal made with almost no effort in 10 minutes – brilliant!

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