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August 20, 2018 | by  | in VUWSA | [ssba]

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It’s been a busy, busy week in the VUWSA office as we prepare for the big rally on Wednesday! We want to foster a community where, when someone asks “chur bro, all good?”, you don’t have to lie. But it’s easier said than done, so I asked your friendly VUWSA exec how they’re feeling and here’s some of their responses.
Marlon: “I’ve been a sleepy boy. Lots of work means lots of pressure, and myself and the mental health campaign team have been having 9am — 9pm days, but I’ve got awesome people around me who keep me going!”
Ella: “I’m pretty stressed about studies but not letting it get me down! Loving all my work for VUWSA and seeing changes happening around me that make students happier and safer! Having a great Welfare team to rely on and share with helps too.”

Rhianna: “Kei te ngenge au — it’s coffee for breakfast, 8.30am contract law starts, and yesterday definitely ended in a few tears. So much emotional labour is going into this campaign — but that just emphasises the important kaupapa making the mahi worth it. Thanks to Tam and the 2018 Te Ao Marama team I’m feeling super connected to my roots and finished a piece on Māori in prisons! Ngā mihi.”
As for myself, It’s been a really stressful and emotional week in the lead up to the Wait is Over rally next Wednesday. We’ve had student forums all week and hall visits every night of the week. Some of the stories we’ve been hearing have been really rough, but on the other hand they motivate us to keep striving for our goals. I haven’t been to the gym in a week and my body feels shit but I managed to design ActionStation’s new report on youth well-being and I am starting design on Te Ao Mārama, the Māori version of Salient, which has been really uplifting. All in all it’s the passion for the kaupapa that keeps me going!

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