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March 4, 2012 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]

Presidential Address

The state of the union

Ohai! To those students who didn’t pick up the Orientation issue of Salient last week welcome to, or welcome back to Vic for 2012. My name is Bridie Hood and I am the President of VUWSA – your Students’ Association. 

I’m sitting here in the VUWSA President’s Office at 10.55pm on a Wednesday night. The office is shaking from the Roots Manuva O Week 2012 gig upstairs, my office looks like a bomb site and Academic VP Josh Wright and I are preparing for another full day of O Week activities. This first week of Orientation has been MASSIVE!

I kicked off the week by addressing new students at the Civic Welcome on Kelburn Park alongside the Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown; Vice- Chancellor, Pat Walsh and Pro Vice- Chancellor (Maori), Piri Sciascia. It was a great start to the year with several thousand students in attendance. I am especially proud to see my old Halls of Residence, Victoria House still murdering it on the chants-floor (thanks for that Josh).

Update, it’s 11:07pm. Welfare VP Ta’ase has just rushed into the office after being upstairs in the Hunter Lounge. She’s come to get another V after being trampled and gettin’ sweaty in the mosh pit—she’s totally, ‘getting amongst it’.

But that’s what O Week and the University experience is all about. Enrolling in University isn’t just a one-way ticket to a $20,000 student loan, but it’s also an amazing opportunity for you to really experience what Vic and Wellington have to offer. The opportunities and experiences you will have here will never come around again—so make sure you make the most of it!

11.26pm: Roots has just started playing ‘Witness the Fitness’—the Office is shaking more than it has all night. Josh is bopping along and breaking out some dance moves. Salient co-Editor Asher runs through the VUWSA Office frantically to get into the Hunter Lounge.

Looking back over my three years as a student at Vic, one of the best decisions I made was to join a club on campus. Not only was joining a club a great way to spend time inbetween lectures and assignments, but having moved from Hamilton to Wellington, I knew very few people in Wellington, so it was also a great way to make friends. Some of the people I met at my first few club meetings I still talk to on a daily basis.

Regardless of what you are interested in there will be a Club on campus fit for you (if there isn’t talk to our Clubs and Events Manager, Melissa to find out how to start a new Club up). You’ll be able to check out what clubs have on offer this week during Clubs week. It’s being held on the road behind the Library from 11-2, Monday to Friday. Word on the street is that there will also be a free BBQ around.

But maybe Clubs aren’t your thing? That’s OK; there is still plenty of stuff to get involved in on campus. Consider buying tickets to the O Week Comedy Night (Tuesday 6th March) or the O Week Hypnotist Show (Thursday 15th March); become one of the 1200 student representatives on campus; talk to us and learn how to become a member of VUWSA; pick up, read or even write for Salient; tune into the VBC 88.3FM; sign up for Vic Plus; play a game of basketball at the Recreation Centre; consider becoming a mentor for Te Patahi Atawhai or volunteer as a note taker for Disability Support Services—just do something!

It’s up to each and every one of you to look at the opportunities on offer and choose one that best suits you. In doing so you will make your time at Victoria the most rewarding experience you will ever have.

12.30am. As you may have guessed I got somewhat distracted in the middle of writing this. Time to go home.

I’ll be over at the VUWSA stall during Clubs Week—so make sure you come up and say hi—or as always if you have any questions or concerns you can always email me— 

Have a great first week of class!


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