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Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.
Congratulations on making it through the first week of lectures! If you are a new student, this is an even bigger feat, especially if you have moved out of home and into a hall or flat in a new city.
Ultimately, we all come to this university to receive a really high quality education that resources us with the skills we need for the next stage of our lives.
For many of us, coming to university has been a really big financial and social investment for ourselves and our families. Here at VUWSA we know that being a student can be really tough. Many of us have to work in order to finance our study, we are involved in clubs, and we have family and social commitments on top of our three to four papers a trimester, and the labs, tutorials, and study sessions that come with these.
Our health, in particular our mental health, can often become compromised with these mounting pressures. The welfare services that VUWSA offers, in particular the advocacy service, community pantry, and free bread/baking during the week, are here to help you during your time at Victoria. Along with Mauri Ora, VUWSA is here to support you during your time as a student and we encourage you to make the most of the services that we have to offer.
One of VUWSA’s main programmes is the Class Representation system. I feel pretty proud to represent an organisation that has built up this formidable system, whereby 98% of classes have representatives. Our focus now needs to be on enhancing the quality of the student voice within the university.
I strongly encourage you to consider becoming a Class Representative this trimester, and I look forward to meeting some of you at the training sessions over the next few weeks.