Category Archives: Wellbeing

How to turn failure into success

Looking back at his early political career, Barack Obama reflected:

“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.”

President Barack Obama 

Unfortunately, failure does happen, and sometimes it happens in relation to things we really care about. When it does, we can always ask: what is the next best thing we could do?

Obama decided that, for him, it was to stop worrying whether he was succeeding or failing and focus on the work ahead. This seems to have helped, and 10 years later he was elected as the first African American President of the United States. He followed this up four years later with re-election for a second Presidential term in 2013.

While most students will hopefully feel pretty good after the release of end of year results, it’s to be expected that some will not. If you find yourself in that position, I really want to encourage that there are things you can positively do.

In working out what that ‘next best thing’ actually is, here are three pieces of advice:

  1. Deal with the feels: take time out to manage whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s disappointment or frustration or annoyance. Failure can suck, so do positive things for yourself to offset that. Spend time with friends and whānau, get outdoors, watch your favourite Netflix series…
  2. Evaluate the situation: instead of putting it out of mind, put a detective hat on and assess what might have gone wrong. Did you put in enough study and preparation? Did you misread the exam and give answers that didn’t address the questions? Were you running at less than 100% due to circumstances out of your control, like sickness or a breakup? Did you ask your lecturers and tutors enough questions?
  3. Make a plan of action: having come up with a list, you now need to take practical action. What could you control or do differently next time? What extra steps could you take or put in place? You might find it really helpful to talk with support staff for their advice – they can offer objective, honest suggestions to help.

Want to know more about fear of failure? There’s lots to it – check out more info here.

Tim Rowe
Kairuruku Oranga | Wellbeing Coordinator
Wellness Services

Get into the festive spirit with Carols on Campus on Thurs 10 Nov

Exams are almost over, and summer is nearly here. Before you head off for the holidays, get into the festive spirit early with UC Carols on Campus! Come along to Eng Core and sing-along to some classic Christmas tunes, accompanied by a live band. There may even be some Yuletide treats too. What a nice way to see out the uni year! Everyone welcome.

Date: Thursday 10 November
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Venue: Eng Core atrium 



End of year exams update

End of year exams are from Monday 31 October to Saturday 12 November, inclusive. There are no exams on Sundays or Canterbury Show Day (Friday 11 November).


You should receive your final personal examination timetable late on Friday 21 October. If you have courses with exams scheduled and you haven’t received your timetable email by Saturday morning, please contact the Examinations Office.


Before your exams, make sure you check out all the latest exam info and instructions on the UC website, and download and test any software if you have online exams scheduled, here. 


The timetable for all courses will be available on the Examinations Information webpage as a PDF document.

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 

If you test positive for Covid-19 during the exam period, there is support here at UC to help you: 

Report on Assura
If you have tested positive, please complete this form so we can support you – The Assura form is easiest to complete on a laptop or desktop computer.

Special consideration
Covid-19 can impact your performance or ability to complete your assignments and exams. If this happens you can apply for a Special Consideration on Covid-19 grounds. You will need to provide evidence of sickness/illness and details of what evidence is required can be found here. When you fill out the Assura self-report you will be sent an automatic email response, and this can be used as evidence in the special consideration process.

Sitting exams during isolation
If you are having to isolate due to Covid-19, but feel well enough to take your exams, please contact 

Wellbeing support 
Check out the UC online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of handy information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body

Here are just a few of the other support services available across UC, Ōtautahi and Aotearoa New Zealand:

Remember these hygiene hacks
You can follow these simple hygiene practices to help keep you safe and stop the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and dry them for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put the tissue in a lined bin
  • Keep wearing a face mask when out and about.

Good luck for your exams!