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Health / Welfare / Support Services on campus

This can be a challenging time of year for students.  Here is a list of UC support services and resources.

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New Zealander of the Year Awards

Our Thursday’s in Black President Kaitlyn White has just been recognised by the Kiwibank Local Hero award as someone who’s selflessness and determination has made a difference in the community.

It provides a special opportunity to all New Zealanders, who have witnessed or experienced the contributions made by this years medal recipients, to say thank you for doing what you do to make our communities better.

Kaitlyn, currently a fifth year student studying Law and Commerce, we  caught up with her to ask more about what has inspired her to get involved with Thursday’s is black:

How did you get inspired to get involved with Thursday’s in Black as well as the UCSA?

I set up the Thursdays in Black (TIB) movement on our campus in 2017 after hearing about the movement on some other campuses and recognising there was a need for TIB not just at UC but in our society.

Sexual violence is unfortunately everywhere in our society but due to a range of factors (moving away from home, first romantic experiences, young age) students are more likely to have experienced a form of sexual violence in their lives.

If we have conversations and run activities / campaigns about consent and what healthy relationships look like at an early stage, everyone can help combat sexual violence and make a positive change in society.

I think we’ve all got a role to play in spreading consent culture in our communities. 

What has been your favourite moment this year?

That’s a hard one to choose! A recent favourite moment was when Thursdays in Black managed to host Jan Logie MP, the Parliamentary Undersecretary on sexual and domestic violence for a speaker series event with UCPols.

The room was packed with people and it was great to see so many students give up their afternoon to hear about her work and to ask what they can do to help solve these issues.

I also noticed that a few people stuck around to have a quiet word with Jan to get advice on situations regarding friends or family, so I’m glad that was able to happen and that she could give advice due to her role at Parliament and previous experience working at Women’s Refuge.

Do you have plans for next year?

I’ve got an internship at the US Congress in Washington DC over summer through an opportunity offered by the School of Law.  In March, I’m starting as a law clerk at Buddle Findlay in Christchurch

 

The regional judging for Kiwibank Local Hero medal recipients has been announced and Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at UC director Associate Professor Te Maire Tau and UCArts Political Scientist Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward for winning Local Hero medals in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards, as well as UC student, UCSA returning officer and president of the  club Thursdays in Black Kaitlyn White.

There are 16 regional presentation ceremonies across New Zealand between mid-November and mid-December.

 

 

 

UC Chaplain Spanky Moore’s advice on stress

Last week I saw this fantastic video on my news feed pop up that I think sums up how many students I talk to feel about the current exam season…

“I’m sooooo stressed out right now!” I feel like I hear those words come out of a UC Students mouth most days – as they feel the squeeze from the pressure to do well in their exams.

But stress isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. Afterall, without the gift of stress, when faced with a poisonous snake or a fast moving Lime Scooter… we’d struggle to respond with the urgency required to survive.

You see, when you get stressed, your body thinks it’s being attacked, and automatically goes into a ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a cocktail of hormones and chemicals so you can respond physically. It’s through stress that our body releases stuff like adrenaline into our system, which then helps us to focus our attention on the task at hand, and allows us to respond faster.

But the situation I see many students facing is they’ve allowed themselves to go into an overwhelming state of stress – which might be justified if you were about to fight a T-Rex, but not so much for an exam. You see, when your get really stressed, your blood starts flowing only to the most important muscles in your body, and your brain function slows down, and this can make it really hard to think straight. So, not exactly ideal for study!

Here’s the problem: An appropriate amount of stress is actually a great thing for your study prep and performing well in an exam. But things can get really out of hand when we don’t find a way to “talk back” to our body’s stress system when it starts to overreact, and then we end up  feeling so stressed about our exams that we either want to just run away and hide (flight), or get angry and hit stuff (fight).

So here’s some things I try to do when I get stressed and start to feel it getting the better of me.

Re-assure Yourself: Take some time our to tell your body and your subconscious that you’re not ACTUALLY being faced with any kind of life threatening danger from a ravenous wild animal, and that you don’t have to live in an overblown fear of your upcoming exams. You’ll do your best, and that’s all you can really do.

Re-Centre Yourself: Give yourself permission to take breaks throughout the day where you can “re-centre” yourself. Re-centring is about grounding yourself in the present moment and the things that are deeply important to you. So, if you’re a praying or meditating or deep breathing type, that stuff is all fantastic for this.

Re-Connect Yourself: Book in some time to either re-connect with nature, or to do something that brings you a burst of joy, preferably away from a screen. Taking your shoes off and walking through the grass on the c-block lawn for 15 minutes will do wonders for your exam results… as will hiring a Lime Scooter and going for a brief scenic cruise, or doing a quick yoga session at the Rec Centre.

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