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3 reasons why student wellbeing is important

University can be a scary place. You’re living on your own for the first time, the work can be stressful and sometimes it can become a bit much. As a third year student, there are countless occasions in which I have just wanted to be at home with my parents, or wanted to stop having so much work. It is completely normal.

The key to ensuring that you don’t sink under the stress, is to talk about it, and have your distractions. With so much to do in Canterbury, there is always something you can do to take your mind off things. The beautiful coffee shops, activity days at places like Escape Kent, the beaches nearby, places to go out drinking – the list goes on. Your wellbeing is the most important thing, here are five reasons why:

1. To keep on top of your university work

As hard as it can be, the biggest goal of coming to university is getting your degree. The incredible amount of support at CCCU for students that are struggling is incredible, so if you are struggling, talk to your personal tutor. They will be able to give you encouragement as well as any assistance you might need.

2. To make sure you get the most out of university

As well as achieving a degree, university has so many more functions. You shape life-long friendships, make incredible memories, amazing job experience and usually come out as a much different person than when you first came in. It is so important that university is an amazing experience for everyone who goes, so do your very best to get the most out of it.

3. So people can learn from you

Social media, being the massive influence that it is these days, if you’re at university, you could be showing prospective students who you have on your friends list what university is all about. If you’re happy and healthy, people will learn from you.

Health and wellbeing is becoming more and more important and recognised. At Canterbury Christ Church University, there is so much help on hand if you need it. You are never alone. The Student Wellbeing Fayre is on 21st April 2017.

#StressLess

By Amanda Elliott, Communications Officer 

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Student Wellbeing Fayre

On April 21st, the Student’s Union will be holding the Student Wellbeing Fayre. There will be puppies, stalls by charities and us at Sustainability.

The purpose of the student wellbeing fayre is to ensure the students at Canterbury Christ Church University are happy and healthy, and it works as part of the #StressLess campaign. During these busy times of exams and final assignments, it’s so important that we keep ourselves well, and not too overrun. It is okay to take a break, it is okay to feel stressed. There are thousands of students who are going through the same thing as you, and you are never alone.

The Student Green Office’s presence at the fayre will include photo competitions, opportunities to become better informed, games revolved around wellbeing, as well as information about the upcoming treasure trail, and much much more.

We saw it fitting to ensure our presence at the Student Wellbeing Fayre, as students ourselves, we understand the importance of keeping on top of things and the entire notion of #StressLess.

The fayre will be an excellent opportunity to get away for a couple of hours, be wowed by some gorgeous puppies, meet some new people, and generally just take your mind off your studies for a little while.

The fayre is taking place in the library (Augustine House) from 10:30 till 18:00 on 21st April 2017. We hope to see you there!

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One Day Without Us – CCCU Joins In

Monday 20th February 2017 will mark a day of celebration for migrants in the UK, and their incredible contributions that they make to our culture and economy.

Canterbury Christ Church University will ‘walk-out’ (of lectures if necessary) and stand in solidarity with migrant workers, as well as our international students and staff. We will gather by the pond in the quad for ten minutes, all are invited.

During this time of movement, solidarity and change, it needs to be understood that we need migrants in the UK. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Contributions to our economy

Of course, more migrants means a higher demand for public services. However, it is undeniable that this is outweighed by the contributions immigrants make to our GDP. It was once found that, contrary to popular belief, 1.7% of EU migrants claim unemployment benefits. Immigrants help fill gaps in a market of jobs where there are shortages, i.e the NHS.

2. International students

As a university student, I am friends with plenty of international students. It has been said that foreign culture is conducive to great, life-long friendships. International students paired with British students provides a sharing of culture, a positive on so many levels. International studies are amazing for career prospects as well, and some of our most pioneering minds will stem from international study in the UK.

3. Saving the ageing population

An ageing population is basically what it says on the tin, a population that has more individuals past a certain age. This leads to more retirees, resulting in less money being pumped into the economy as there are less people paying taxes and earning money through jobs. Therefore, we need a growing population to ensure this becomes less of an issue.

4. Diversity

The benefits of a culturally-diverse nation are endless. It promotes humanistic views, builds new relationships, promotes equality, allows us to explore new fashions and cuisines, the list goes on. Diversity gives, especially young people an amazing outlook.

These are only some of the benefits, but I couldn’t possibly list them all!

Please stand in solidarity with us on 20/02/2017 at midday.

http://www.1daywithoutus.org/

By Communications Officer, Amanda Elliott

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Tips to help you get through the end of term hurdle

With 2 weeks left to go until the Christmas holidays (yes!), these last couple of weeks of term seem to drag. As a third year, I’ve done this a few times now, and there is no worse time of year than the end of term. You have no money, motivation and you’re sinking in deadlines leaving you exhausted. Home, please.

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Expect Respect

For those of you that follow the CCCU Sustainability Facebook and Twitter pages – you would’ve seen that myself (Amanda Elliott), Megan Cork and Claire Richardson, all part of the sustainability team have taken a pledge to Expect Respect.

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#WorldMentalHealthDay – How you can help

Today is World Mental Health Day (WMHD), an annual event proposed by the World Mental Health Foundation (WMHF). The day aims to raise awareness for those suffering with a mental health issue, so they can speak out and get the help they need. The theme for this year’s day is the access to psychological first aid and how you can help those in need – a theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

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SGO: Say ‘no’ to the winter blues

During the cold, wet and miserable winter months it is easy to start feeling negative and down, with a lack of energy and motivation. This coupled with bad health and diet can lead to feeling the winter blues.

Winter blues CC Edgar Languren

No need to worry though, as here are some top tips on how to fight the blues and feel positive and healthy during the winter months! Continue reading

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