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Make the most of mid-semester break

Mid-semester break is here! Here’s some tips on making the most of it.  

  • Mid-semester break is a great chance to spend some time on your studies. Make time to finish an assignment early, plan ahead or get your head around a tricky concept you haven’t quite mastered. Karawhuia! Give it heaps!
  • If you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed with assignments or want to get ahead before exams, check out the resources on offer at the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre. They cover everything from understanding essay questions to referencing and lab reports to tips for giving a talk. Also keep an eye out for workshops and seminars coming up in Term 2.
  • Most importantly it’s all about balance – me whakatā, take some time for yourself, recharge, rest, hang out with mates and do a few things you really enjoy. And remember to celebrate everything you’ve achieved so far.

UC Rec & Sport – tips for staying active 

  1. Try something new

Term time drop-in sport sessions have been extended to run over the mid-semester break, so you can turn up and play sport, and there’ll be someone there to play against/with.

We’ve partnered with UC Badminton, so you can play on Sundays from 1-4pm at absolutely no cost, and all equipment is provided. No experience required.

We’ve also partnered with UC Amateur Sports Society to bring you Bumper Ball on Wednesday 24 April, because who doesn’t want to run around in a plastic bubble kicking a ball?? Keep an eye on Insiders, and our Rec & Sport Facebook page for more details coming soon. 

2. Get outdoors 

Try to get out and about at least once a day. Take a walk to the park to read your book or listen to music, or simply to just sit and relax in some greenspace.

Explore the botanical gardens, or closer to UC the Mona Vale gardens, perhaps even visit the art gallery or museum

3. Exercise and eat well 

Try to keep your exercise routine and eat good nourishing food. Baking is a relaxing activity for many, so it might be a good time to bake up a storm – share with friends, and freeze for term time treats.

If you haven’t got an exercise routine, now is a great time to start! With a bit more time up your sleeve, you can plan an exercise routine, explore the RecCentre, attend group fitness classes, or get some free gym advice in StartMe fitness starter sessions.

The Lucky Introvert’s Guidebook to University

Written by R. Perera (UC student) 

Most of us have three years to make memories that will last a lifetime, so whether you are an extrovert or an introvert we should make the most of the time we have at University.

To all the introverts, it may seem daunting to step out and try something new but remember every opportunity you take now will help you grow and learn to be more confident.

Whether you do one activity from this list or all of them just take the leap and enjoy every tiny memory.

  1. Visit all the libraries on campus (The 11th floor of the Puaka-James Hight library has an amazing view).
  1. Join group fitness once a week and make new friends (Zumba is a great way to start).
  1. Attend a sports game or music festival.
  1. Find a part-time job within the University.
  1. Take at least one course out of pure interest.
  1. Create your own club; you never know who else has the same interests as you.
  1. Organise a weekly breakfast meeting with few of your close friends.
  1. Do some volunteer work through SVA to help the community.
  1. Organise a tramping trip with your friends (like The Crater Rim, Port Hills and Godley Head Coastal Walk).

introvert insiders


  1. Plan to study abroad for a semester or year. UC offers a range of countries from Demark to China.

Always remember that

“Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there, but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.”

-Rashedur Ryan Rahman

“Opportunities? They are all around us? There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”

-Orison Swett Marden

Top tips: winter-proof your flat

If your flat is feeling like the Arctic then check out these clever, low-budget tips to winter-proof your place:

  • Tin foil is your friend. If you have a radiator heater attached to a wall, particularly an external wall, a lot of heat is lost behind the radiator. You can reflect the heat back into the room by sticking tin foil on the wall behind the radiator. If you can’t quite get to the wall, wrap a large bit of cardboard in foil and slide it behind the heater.
  • No fire? Block the chimney. If you have a fireplace that you don’t use it’s really important to close off the chimney as it sucks the heat right outside. This can easily be done by shoving bunches of newspaper up there – but make sure you remove it before lighting a fire!
  • Plastic fantastic. I’ll bet your windows aren’t double glazed. However, you can DIY by covering your windows with a layer of bubble wrap. Just cut it to size, spray the window with a fine mist of water and it should stick. You can also put a blob of blue tack in the corners to make sure.
  • Cover your walls. Minimise energy loss by decorating! Putting things on the walls acts a bit like insulation. The more surface area that’s covered by pictures and mirrors the better.
  • Re-organise your furniture. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the flow of heaters or vents in the house. Try to keep couches and beds away from walls and windows, not only to avoid moisture and mould, but because they retain some heat which you don’t want to lose. Also, think about the positioning of your desk. If it’s against an external wall then you’ll feel the cold much more.

Leave us a comment below if you have any more tips and tricks for a warm home.