Tag Archives: student success

Disappointed with exam results? PDT is here to help!

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

Our Student Advisors Ashalyna, Riki and Mohammad are here to help.
Our Student Advisors Ashalyna, Riki and Mohammad are here to help.

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.

And remember:

“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.”

J.K. Rowling

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

Kobe Bryant


Ashley’s Model United Nations experience

– By Ashley Stuart

In August 2015 I received a phone call from United Nations Youth New Zealand saying I had been selected to represent New Zealand at the Harvard Model United Nations in Boston.

From the 14 New Zealand university students selected, I was the only one from Canterbury,  which gave me the opportunity to represent UC at the conference alongside 3000 students from all over the world.

I represented Norway in the Disarmament and International Security committee at the conference, discussing issues in the Middle East.

In addition to the Model United Nations conference at Harvard, we embarked on an educational study tour. We visited San Francisco, Washington DC and New York, which gave us the opportunity to meet diplomats, political advisors and non-governmental organisations, and to learn about international relations and diplomacy.

We met with Helen Clark at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; visited New Zealand Embassies in each city; had meetings at the World Bank, US Senate, US House of Representatives and Global Fund for Women; and visited significant historical landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial in D.C and 9/11 Museum in New York. We also spent an afternoon exploring Castro in San Francisco, which is where the LGBT movement began in the US.

The trip really opened my eyes to the opportunities available within international relations and diplomacy. It inspired me to follow my goals and be the change I want to see in the world. 12717783_10207328453704918_2454435719211508701_n


Michael’s Apple Conference Experience

– By Michael Topschij

Well, I would like to personally attribute last week as ‘Apple Week’ for myself. I had the unique opportunity of traveling to San Francisco to attend Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (aka WWDC). Tickets to WWDC in the past have sold out in a matter of seconds and now are given out in a lottery. I was lucky enough to receive a ticket through my company. The experience for me was not only enlightening, but extremely unique and riveting.

I lined up at 2am for the Monday morning keynote. Thanks to that, I was able to have seats right up the front beside the media. Afterwards, I even got to say hi to Johnathan Ive (Apple’s chief designer) and also shake hands with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook – in addition to taking a selfie!Michael

I spent the week attending multiple sessions with the very experts that make the apps we use on our Apple devices. I was able to show them the apps that I make, get feedback, fix problems and learn how to do some of the great new things that are coming soon. I even got to meet some of the team who look after the App Store and ask questions about what makes an app great.

It was really inspiring to hear from an executive at Marvel, who told us about the difference that we can make with the things we create. In addition to spending some time making some great friends from around the world, I even, well, flirted with danger.

I think this experience has been really inspiring for me as a University of Canterbury atudent. For a young entrepreneur and author, it has been an experience that was really worthwhile. Thanks to team at for the opportunity to share my amazing week.