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Autumn Arrival is coming to you… virtually

It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time for ? Autumn Arrival – Online!?

Check it out Thursday 7 May, 10am-2pm live on the UCSA Facebook page>

Hear what the UCSA and UC Student support services have been up to, and how you can access their services from home. Each department will be live on Facebook for 20min, followed by breakout zoom meetings where you can ask questions specific to you!

All Students who engage (Like, Comment, Share) with these sessions will go into the draw to win a number of awesome spot prizes delivered to your flat, including:

  • $100 Supermarket Vouchers
  • Trays of V Energy Drink, Fresh up and Boss Coffee
  • Bags of Red Frogs Lollies cheers to Red Frogs
  • Sal’s Pizza Vouchers
  • Apple Music or Spotify gift cards
  • And more…

Autumn Arrival is presented by UCSA Help (Advocacy and Welfare) and Events in partnership with UC Student Support Services.

Anonymous text helpline – Thursdays in Black

Thursdays in Black is a student club at UC that not only seeks to prevent rape and sexual violence but to promote healthy relationships and to offer support for our students.

We want everyone to feel safe in our community and feel like your voice is being heard so you can feel empowered to stand up for what you believe in. 

Thursdays in Black is here to help. We have set up an anonymous helpline using pre-paid phones so you can text and discuss any topic or incident that may have made you feel uncomfortable or distressed. The student team will also be able to let you know what other support options might be available to you.

Sometimes you just want to be able to talk to someone – Thursdays in Black is here for you.

Anonymous helpline – contact the Thursdays in Black student support team on any of these numbers

Molly Brooke – 021 08108508
Molly Thomas – 021 08254856
Ben O’Connell – 021 08399065

Unexpected exam results? Check out this practical guide

The possibility of failing is an inescapable part of life. Truth is, failing happens, and it happens even to very successful people. Often, what makes the biggest difference is the attitude we take towards failure, and the practical steps we take when it happens. We’ve put together three pieces of advice to help you move forward.

Step one: Deal with the feels

  • be kind to yourself
  • give yourself some time out
  • focus on self-comfort
  • get some exercise or hang out with friends

Step two: Evaluate the situation

  • do some detective work to find out what went wrong
  • determine what you had control over
  • talk to a classmate
  • talk to course staff

Step three: Make a plan of action

  • think about positive next steps to help improve
  • eg, ask questions in classes and tutorials
  • talk with support staff for their advice
  • reframe how you think about failing

Read more about practical steps you can take here. 

Even famous people experience setbacks, check out what Barack Obama encountered early on in his political career.

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working…

For him, the solution was to refocus his thoughts away from questions of whether his decision to enter politics was right, and concentrate instead on the work that lay ahead.

…the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.” —Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States