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Christchurch International Student Welcome

Tuesday 28 March, 5.00pm – 8.30pm, Christchurch Art Gallery

We would like to welcome you to feel at home in Canterbury! All students in Christchurch and Canterbury are invited – host families and international staff too.

There will be live performances by:

Cultural performances by;

Food trucks and prizes.

Register now and be in to win prizes on the day, such as a China Southern flight and passes to the Christchurch Antarctic Centre. Register today for your free tickets here and download the app – Christchurch Student Guide in the app store or on google play.

For more information contact Christchurch Educated.

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UC RecCentre – Gym hack #1: Hit the gym early!

The gym is pumping right now and we’re stoked to see so many of you hitting the gym already. Having said that, an overcrowded gym is not fun for everyone, so when is the best time to train at the RecCentre?

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

As always, there is no simple answer, it all comes down to YOU.  But here’s what we do know…

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

  • The earlier you come to the RecCentre, the quieter it will be in both group fitness classes and the fitness spaces. Hit us up before 3pm each day for less crowds and faster workout times  (less waiting and working in with others)
  • The exception is Saturday, where everyone gets here for 9am opening and it’s much less busy from lunchtime until closing

You may find the crowds motivating and energising, or you may find they drain your soul and make you want to run for the hills! Both are perfectly valid responses, we just need to find ways to accommodate our individual needs. We suggest you try out different days and times until you find a time slot that works for both your personality,  your schedule and your fitness buddy if you have one! Prioritise yourself and find a consistent time to exercise, blocking it out in your calendar as an appointment that can’t be rescheduled.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Need another incentive to hit the gym early?  Enter your name in our competition box at reception, post-workout (we’ll be able to tell by your red workout faces!) between 6am and 3.00pm from March 20th until April 9th, Monday to Friday.   Each day we’ll draw out one lucky winner who’ll receive a surprise pack of RecCentre goodies. (One entry per person, per day).

You’ve gotta be in (early) to win!

Lift. Move. Play.

Mentoring to meet different people

The mentoring programme is a really great way to meet different people to help ease your transition into the University of Canterbury. A mentor can be whoever you want them to be. Whether you’re looking for support finding your feet around uni life, or simply want to meet other people from another year, degree or country with some common interests, the mentoring programme is a fantastic channel. Right now the university has around 140 friendly mentors on their list – there will no doubt be one for you! It’s not just for first years – you can sign up any time.

I’ve been a mentor since my second year, and the dynamics are always different. Sometimes I have domestic students that just want a friendly face until they find their feet. Sometimes I have international students who want to hear from a local kiwi about all the opportunities they could get up to while at UC or to find out more about the differences in academic system here. Sometimes I end up with someone in my class! That particular mentee was from Japan and we soon became friends, studying & socialising together until her exchange in New Zealand ended.

Back in 2014, I was matched with someone starting her second year of her PhD in Linguistics – the subject which I ended up majoring in. We’d meet for coffee a couple of times a semester and email about how things were going. She began to invite me to linguistic related social events and introduce me to plenty of staff and PhD students in the academic circles I wanted to join right from first year. 3 years on, we’ve both finished our degrees but we still keep in touch and have mutual friends – I even work part time as a consultant for an ESOL (English as a Second Language) learning company on her recommendation.

At the end of the day, mentors are just like you, only a step ahead in their university experience ….they know what it’s like starting a new university, they know what it’s like when the pressure ramps up, and they’ll support you as long as you need it! Sign up to get a mentor or become a mentor.

Written by Vicky Watson, Postgraduate Student.