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Clubs and the UC experience

Jack Whittam is the Equity & Wellbeing Rep on the UCSA Exec. Check out below what he has to say about the UC Club scene and how it can become a defining part of your daily life at UC.

And make sure you go along to UCSA Clubs Day being held from 11am – 2pm on 19 and 20 February on C Block Lawn. 

 

 

Let’s face it, the prospect of starting University can feel as overwhelming as trying to change a tyre using a toothbrush. Yet in reality, UCSA (University of Canterbury Students’ Association) provides hundreds of support and guidance services, clubs, and special interest groups that all seek to facilitate your hauora – your wellbeing. You see, a focus on wellbeing isn’t something that deserves attention for a short period – your wellbeing is a fulltime job, 365 days a year. That’s why one of the best things you can do in your first year at uni is make decisions and take opportunities that your mind and body will thank you for!

One fantastic way to do this is by joining a club. Or two. Or ten. No, we’re not talking about the obligatory extra-curricular sign ups of high school, just to get a shiny badge for your blazer. We’re talking about over 150 clubs, appreciating everything from Canoe Polo to Curry, Backyard Cricket to the DnB frothers. We’re talking about real people connecting over real life – helping each other realise there’s so much more to your time here than a GPA and a Grad Hat. UC boasts arguably the most active student club culture in Aotearoa, so we reckon you’d be a fool to not get stuck in.

Don’t just take our word for it, come along to club’s day and see for yourself, or check out this link and get stuck in. Future you will thank you for it we promise. If you were considering skipping the UCSA Clubs day or you feel a little overwhelmed as you stroll through the hundreds of sign up stalls during O-week, don’t be shy help yourself to a snag and join those crazy students offering you this that and the next thing. This will be held 11am-2pm Feb 19-20th on C Block Lawn. Click here for a list of all the clubs you can join!

We are constantly told that your time at university is a period where you find yourself. However, were not here to fool you team, university will be hard and it will challenge you but we can guarantee that involving yourself in the UC Club scene will help you find your community and become a defining component of your daily life at uni. 

Jack Whittam
UCSA Equity & Wellbeing Rep
ucsa.org.nz

 

Get ready for UC – tips for new students

Walking into a giant lecture theatre in a huge building can feel absolutely awesome, as you take your seat with more than 200 people. 

This might be the first time you experience the difference between a highly structured, teacher-driven school system and the  self-directed learning system at uni where it’s up to you. 

The team at Student Success have put together the following tips to help get you off to a great start.

Tip 1: Attend all lectures and tutorials

 

Show up to your lectures and tutorials, and submit all your assignments  no matter how much it contributes to your overall grade. 

If you need advice to manage your time the Academic Skills Centre offer time management workshops at are amazing (and free).

Tip 2: Plan and get organised early

Uni is busy right from the start, so it’s important you arrive ready to learn.

Grab a campus map and go for a walk to find out where your lectures and tutorials will be held and once you’ve got your course information you could start making a schedule.

  • Put a wall planner up and mark out when your assignments are due. 
  • The Academic Skills Centre runs a range of free courses that will help you get your head around uni – check them out and book into courses early. 

Tip 3: Ask for help if you feel you need it

Need help with something else? 
Feeling homesick, lonely, experiencing culture shock, or unsure about changing your course? Student Care is an awesome place to start. They can listen, chat with you and help you think through solutions. 

If you’d like to talk to someone about settling in to life at UC or getting help with course work – or if you just need someone to talk to – help is at hand. All you have to do is ask.

 

Make your health a priority

The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is here to help you stay healthy and well while you are studying. UC Health provides full GP (General Practitioner), medical, counselling and related services, including:

  • Treatment of all medical conditions
  • Injury treatment
  • Professional Counselling Service
  • Sexual health check-ups and advice
  • Travel advice and vaccines
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Hearing tests
  • Asthma monitoring
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Minor surgery – such as the removal of moles 
  • Medicals for travel, employment etc. 

New students and their family | whānau are welcome to drop into UC Health if you have any questions or wish to have a look around.

Find out more about services, fees and how to register at the UC Health Centre   

Tips for new students 

  • Register with UC Health as soon as possible to make sure you are eligible for free healthcare when you need it.
  • If you are a New Zealand resident, apply as soon as possible for your Community Services Card.

UC Health Centre is also here to  support you to stay healthy and well. You’ve got to nourish – mentally and physically – to flourish. UC Nurse Wendy gives great advice. For example:

Swim like a fish through stress>

 

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