Suvo is a PhD student from India studying Media and Communication at UC. Read on about how SOAR Advisors help postgraduate students.
As an international student, it took me a while to get used to UC and the new Kiwi environment, but the Postgraduate Office, along with a range of UC services like the Academic Skills Centre, Rec Centre, a variety of student support services and the Library really helped me to settle in. My department and initial supervisor also played a big part in helping me to feel at home in Christchurch and at UC.
I have also learned so much from my fellow students and friends from around the world. But still, there was something missing: formal peer support. To fill this gap, the Postgraduate Office has created the SOAR Advisors, a group of peer advisors I’m now proud to be part of. SOAR Advisors help new postgrad students settle comfortably at UC during the initial months of their study, and can also provide assistance with skills including academic writing, literature reviews and a variety of data analysis tools.
We help students from across the campus, and work with the Academic Skills Centre and the Postgraduate Office to organise events like GradFest. As a SOAR Advisor I’ve learnt a lot both from my colleagues and from the students I’ve worked with; it’s also a great opportunity for all of us to make new friends along the postgrad journey. For more information about the current SOAR Advisors and how they can help you, please join our Facebook page or find us on the UC website.
Getting your results and finding out that you passed everything is an amazing feeling. But we don’t all get to have that feeling every semester. Sometimes life happens – we made a wrong decision at the wrong time; we partied too hard throughout the term; we didn’t understand the content well enough; we prioritised family or friends before our own studies; or perhaps we had financial or personal issues to deal with.
The most important thing to remember is that while these things aren’t great, they are normal! Life happens, and sometimes even the most fool-proof study plan isn’t enough to cope with the outside responsibilities, temptations or issues that come our way. The best thing to do is recognise that life is always going to happen, and we need to minimise the effect it has on our study.
Think back and learn where the major upsets happened. Perhaps putting your parents’ or partner’s needs first was important, but maybe you could have skipped watching the entire season of Game of Thrones three days before the exam. Perhaps going to your friend’s 21st was the right thing to do, but you could have skipped doing the 10th tequila shot…
Start strong in Semester 2
Whatever the case, Semester 2 is a chance for new beginnings – take advantage of that fact from day one! If you weren’t happy with exam results, we strongly encourage you to attend Refresh on Thursday 14 July. This is an opportunity for Pasifika students to reaffirm goals and start Semester 2 with your study on track. We also encourage you to join our PASS programme which offers additional tutoring for priority courses, academic skills workshops and weekly drop-in assignment help at key times of year. If you are a first year student, have you also considered signing up for a Pacific Mentor? If any of these sound like you, get in contact with us today – the sooner you get on top of things in Semester 2, the better.
Here at UC we know that you are a son/daughter, friend, partner or parent and there is more going on in life than just your study. So, if you ever need an understanding ear, or someone to offer advice or another perspective, please don’t hesitate to approach us. You can drop into the Pacfic Development Team office at 37 Creyke Road, or contact one of our Pacific Advisers.
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”