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The UCSA presents: O.Week, 15-22 February

This O.Week the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) is welcoming you to campus with over 20 massive events.

If you’re looking for something free and all-ages, check these out:

  • The International Welcome New to New Zealand? We’ve got you covered. Meet new people and tuck into some lunch.
  • Kia Ora Bro Learn about Māori and Pacific culture while sampling some kiwi kai and an iconic local film.
  • Ori Day Check out the Ori market stalls, grab an O.bag and enjoy a bite to eat at the food trucks.
  • Open Air Cinema Snuggle down for a movie under the stars.
  • Lunch on the Lawn Relax and enjoy some sun and socialising.
  • Clubs Days Get to know some of the 180 clubs and societies here at UC. There’s something for everyone.
  • Summer StarterA wellbeing expo jam-packed with freebies, wellness tips, and fluffy animals.

See the full schedule here

The UCSA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting UC students. We run a heap of services including advocacy and welfare; subsidised dental and optometry; early learning centres; club support; events; media and even some amazing cafes and bars. Visit our website to learn more.

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