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Clubs Day 19-20 Feb

Want to meet people? Get involved? 

One of the best ways to do that is to join a UCSA club or society.

Our clubs really know how to put on a show, so be sure to come along to Clubs Day and check out what they’re peddling!

Clubs are the real social scene here at UC, and the summer Clubs Day is a bustle of energy you won’t want to miss out on.

Here’s a sneak preview of your choices>

Clubs Day is a chance for you to figure out what clubs you want to be a part of and for clubs to recruit new members, creating connections and engagement within the student culture.

Most are free and if not, they’re usually cheap as chips (if English is your second language, this is one way Kiwis refer to a bargain)!

  • When: Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February from 10am
  • Where: Ilam, Central Campus

For more, check out the UCSA website>

Spanky – that’s what freedom tastes like

Rev. Spanky Moore dishes out start of year advice.

Ahhhhhhh. I absolutely adore the first week of the University year. Seeing thousands of you students pouring onto campus for your first lecture and your first taste of $2 rice…the raw anticipation on your faces…fresh text books underarm with the clear film still on… it’s truly a beautiful thing! I also love going to Countdown at this time of year and eavesdropping on gaggles of flatmates trying to negotiate the politics of their first food shop together. “Woah! 1000 wontons for $49! That would sort us out for EVERY MEAL this week!” 

Now that’s what freedom tastes like. But some of you reading this will really struggle to adjust to the smorgasbord of freedom that uni life offers.

We live in an age where students and twenty-somethings feel huge pressure to do everything, all at the same time: party hard… But also, study hard! Write a novel… but also, write a thesis! Travel the world… but also, settle down and get work experience! As writer Jonathan Safran Foer put it “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

At its best the first few weeks of Uni is a wonderful festive celebration: friends, frivolity, fried wontons. At its worst O Week can be a messy attempt to escapes our self-doubt and the pressure to be all things to everyone else.

So take some lovingly shared advice from a holy man with a big beard – don’t party so hard that you never get around to studying. And don’t study so hard that you never get around to making friends. In my opinion the most important thing you can do in these first few weeks at UC is put yourself out there to meet new people, and to be intentional about making a few solid friends. Trust me – if you invest well in these first few months, you’ll have deep friendships (and not just deep deep fried wontons) to call upon in the semesters ahead.

So pace yourself. Make space to meet new people. And I beg you –  try and keep that look of joyful anticipation on your face for as long as possible.

Rev. Spanky Moore

Senior Ecumenical Chaplain
spanky.moore@canterbury.ac.nz

Welcome to UC

The 2018 academic year is officially under way – welcome to or welcome back to UC! This week we welcomed 400 students at the International Welcome, more than 3000 students at Orientation Day | Herea tō waka as well as welcoming students at Māori Orientation and Pasifika Orientation, Get FRESH!

This is an exciting time of year with a lot going on. If you find yourself a little bit lost or have a questions, the Welcome Centre will be open until 23 February on the ground floor of Matariki building.

Numbers:
– Over 3000 students welcomed 
– 800 bags of mini doughnuts given out 
– 72kg of hash browns given out

Check out these photo highlights – there will be more coming soon!