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February 21, 2016 | by  | in Opinion VUWSA |
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Kia ora! Welcome to Vic. I’m Jono, President of VUWSA—the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association. VUWSA exists to represent and support you throughout your time at university.

 

For those of you who are in your first year at Vic, I’m super excited for the life-changing adventure that you have in front of you. It’s a big transition, trading the classroom for the lecture theatre, your childhood home for a hall of residence, a night out at the movies for the infamous ‘town’. Make the most of your time here—the next three plus years will be filled with many highs and lows.

 

As your students’ association, we hope to be with you through the good times and the bad. Whether it’s delivering an awesome Toga Party, bringing G-Eazy to Wellington, providing you with a food parcel, or advocacy support; we’re here for you.

 

What we ask from you in return is that you join us. We’ll be chilling outside The Hub over the next two weeks to sign you up for FREE and in return we’ll give you a student diary and O-Week bag full of deals and discounts. Pop by our Kelburn location, and we’ll also give you a 2016 A1 wall-planner.

 

By joining VUWSA, you become part of a collective student voice that makes a difference to Vic and to Wellington. VUWSA is led by an annually-elected student executive who’ll be working hard to get a better deal for you in 2016. This year, we’ll be pushing for tertiary bus discounts and for a more student-friendly city in the local body elections. We’ll also be holding the Government to its commitment of making rental housing warmer, drier and safer; and pushing for a breakthrough to ease student debt (which reaches $15 billion this year).

 

Have a good O-Week. Remember to join in, make some new friends and most of all, enjoy yourself. See you around, and all the best for the year ahead!

 

Jonathan Gee

President

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