I have just discovered the joy of podcasts: and boy do we have a couple good ‘uns here in Wellington care of our esteemed Vic alumni/students and friends. I strongly recommend What’s Next? with Sophie and Hannah, both Vic graduates – “a podcast about navigating your way through adulthood and everything that comes with it. Hosted by […]

I’d like to claim some kind of greater powers, having written about earthquakes and careers mere weeks before, hot on the heels of a Trump win in the US, there was a major 7.6 quake, centered near Kaikoura in the South Island.  The quake has taken two lives, paralysed Kaikoura and North Canterbury and severely rattled our […]

I think taking a gap year is underrated. By this I’m referring to a year between high school and uni. You could take a gap year during your studies, or even after your studies, but for the purpose of this opinion piece ‘gap year’ will refer to doing something different for a year between high […]

My biggest regret about my undergraduate years is not studying what I was really passionate about. If I could do it all again (and there’s no reason why I can’t) I would spend a bit longer getting my degree, but include a variety of interest papers to get a feel for other subject areas. Sometimes […]

I recently read an article about whether you can teach reflective practice.  I tend to believe it’s more a matter of learning rather than teaching and in a way the article agrees, for it’s based on the experience of an instructor learning from a student’s experience.  It’s a useful guide for helping to unravel the ‘mystery’ […]

It’s National Volunteer Week which celebrates the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to social development, the economy and the environment. This year the focus is on time – recognising that volunteers need to make time for volunteering in their busy schedules, and thanking volunteers for their time. Make time – Whai […]

The kind of reflection I’m talking about isn’t your image reflected back to you.  It’s deeper than the slightly rippled image in a pool of still water, it’s mind reflection that tries to see beyond the surface. Reflection (in words) takes us one step farther – to articulating experiences after considering them deeply.  Writing it down to keep […]