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I have a weird way of relaxing in between my assignments and exam/test prep. I study languages via the Duolingo app. Weird coz who the heck relaxes their brain with an activity that is using even more brain? But there is something about that owl (the app’s icon) that relaxes me!
My point is not to get you to learn languages (although there are several good reasons to do so), but to highlight the fact that during these stressful days of assessments and tests we need to find an activity that we love to break the monotony of our academic pressures. Whether it is language learning, or singing to your heart’s content in karaoke, or just opening a bottle of beer while relaxing under the sun, always remember to give yourself a break.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and I feel that this week is very aptly placed during a time of great (academic) stress. MHAW is a reminder that no matter how intense our academic workload is, taking time for ourselves should always be a priority. Your VUWSA has been tirelessly continuing the victories we have achieved from The Wait is Over rally last August.

Other student groups are also picking up on it. In this regard, allow me to send my huge shout-outs to the people of the New Zealand International Students Association (NZISA) for successfully holding the first ever International Students Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference on the 8th of September.
I for one face numerous academic stresses: assignments are piling up, exams are coming, and on top of that is the ages-old dilemma that first year law students face: am I going to get into second year?

But when I’m bogged down, I just open Duolingo and shout “Gezellig!”
Doe het rustig aan!

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:   I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this