Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Tackling Failure

The possibility of failing is a part of life we can’t control, but we can work on our attitude towards failure, and the practical steps we can take when it happens. We’ve put together three pieces of advice to help you move forward.

Read some practical tips for the below advice here.

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

If you would like to talk to someone about this topic or anything else contact the teams below:

For other tips you can check out the UC Wellbeing Instagram or the Wellbeing Hub.

What’s on this exam period?

Are you feeling the pressure of exams and in need of a break? Look no further than “The Living Room,” your oasis of relaxation right next to the bookshop.

UC Student Wellbeing has transformed “The Living Room” from October 24th to October 27th, 2023, between 9am and 3:30pm to be your go-to spot for serenity. Enjoy a range of delights, including complimentary mocktails, pastries, and more.

But that’s not all! Immerse yourself in cosy vibes, bond with friends, create your own personalised tea blend to take home, contribute to a collaborative paint-by-numbers mural, revel in board games, or relax with calming colouring activities.

Additionally, on October 26, 2023, at 2:30 pm, you can channel your inner artist at “Paint and Sip” with cheese, crackers, and an array of non-alcoholic beverages.

We’ve also reserved dedicated study areas for you to concentrate on your learning. During these times, our team will surprise you with snack and fruit deliveries to boost your study sessions.

Undercroft101 Study Space

  • 24 October 2023 12pm-4.30pm
  • 25 October 2023 9.30am-2.30pm

Community Hub Study Space

  • 26 October 2023 8.30am-4.30pm
  • 27 October 2023 8.30am-4.30pm

For more information follow us on the UC Wellbeing Instagram to keep updated with wellbeing events, tips and activities.

Combating Negative Self Talk

For many of us negative self-talk is a constant companion – that little voice in our head that tells us that we are not good enough, that even our smallest mistakes are noticed by everyone around us, and that attempts to better ourselves or try something new are doomed to failure. While we can often ignore this annoying inner critic, at times of stress and high emotion it can dominate our thinking and either prevent us from taking new opportunities or trap us in a cycle of rumination rather than enjoying all the good things going on in our lives.

There are a number of ways for managing negative self-talk, consider trying some of the following:

  • Take a Third-Person Perspective: Imagine if your best friend were in your shoes, dealing with your self-doubt. What advice would you give them? We tend to be kinder and more objective when helping others, so doing this can help you step back and find solutions. You can even talk to yourself in the third person, like, “you’ve got this; don’t worry too much.”
  • Zoom Out: Sometimes, we get caught up in the small details and forget the bigger picture of our lives. Ask yourself, is what you’re stressing about important in the grand scheme of things?
  • Fast Forward in Time: Think about whether what’s stressing you out right now will still matter in a week, a month, or a year. This can help put things into perspective.
  • Normalise Your Worries: Remember that the problems you’re facing have likely been encountered and overcome by many others, maybe even by your past self. Realising that you’re not alone in this can be comforting.
  • Count Your Blessings: Instead of dwelling on what’s not going well, take moments during the day to appreciate the things that are. It can be as simple as a completed task, a delicious cup of hot chocolate, or the warmth of the sun on your skin during a walk.
  • Focus on What You Can Change: When facing a stressful situation, identify what you can control and what you can’t. Concentrate your efforts on the things you can influence, like learning from a past mistake to do better next time.
  • Learn from Your Mistakes: Accept that making mistakes is a part of life, and there’s no way to change the past. Instead, use your mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow.

If you would like to talk to someone about this topic or anything else contact the teams below:

For other tips you can check out the UC Wellbeing Instagram or the Wellbeing Hub.