So many opportunities this September!

At a time when assignments are reaching their peak during the trimester, it’s always a good opportunity to reflect on how you’re doing – how are you feeling? University may seem like a constant battle between your studies, and actually being able to engage with the world outside class, but by no means it should be, especially when we’re surrounded by our very own community of like-minded individuals.

This month is a huge one for events around the university, and there are so many opportunities available for you to you engage with!

All next week, VUWSA International Student’s Association are holding an International Week, full of live events, guest speakers, a Sports Day, and probably the one I’m most looking forward to, and International Food Day! – check it out on their Facebook, because it will be amazing! 

We also have events lined up at VUWSA, beginning with our Mayoral Debate. Our Student Friendly Wellington Campaign has been running for a couple of months now, and you may have seen us online, in your lecture theaters, or in your hall of residents engaging with students about the campaign, and updating enrollments.

Behind the scenes though we’ve also been lobbying the candidates themselves – all 71  of them!. From Wellington’s Southern Ward up to Wairarapa and the Kapiti Coast!  The campaign has had some real wins already, and we’re really excited about the prospect of Rental WOFs and Fairer Fares becoming a reality!  

On Wednesday 14 September we’ve partnered with the Victoria Politics Students’ Society to host a Mayoral Debate, bringing you the chance now to push the candidates on what they stand for, and how they will live up to their promises.  PLUS, we are live streaming it online and to Pipitea!  We are collecting questions to put forward to the candidates online.

Following that on Friday are once again the Faculty Games in partnership with Recreation.  It’s still not too late to sign up to compete for your Faculty, and if you’re not the sporty type, you should still come along to support your faculty!  There’ll be prizes, and free food!  

More events coming up...

Reflecting back on the concept of community at Victoria, at VUWSA, we value the relationships we have with other groups around campus, and we’re proud of the work we have done with these groups, from hosting ArtsWeek events with MisFits, Boy Squad and other cultural groups on campus, working with PolSoc to host our Mayoral Debate, working with Faculty Groups to pull off the Faculty Games, or supporting representative groups in their campaigns. 

Victoria is blessed to have so many groups and student leaders that are passionate about making student lives better.  Although the end of year is coming up fast, it’s still not too late to make the most of all the opportunities out there!

After all, this is as much your university as it is everyone else's.

Until next time,

Nathaniel, your Engagement VP