Connect well explores the workshop topics of connecting, loneliness and homesickness, assertiveness, and negotiating.
- Try creating your own pepeha to introduce yourself in te reo Māori.
- Atu-Mai resources for confidence, safety, and respectful relationships.
- Read advice on how to connect with friends and how a problem shared is a problem halved.
- Listen to Brené Brown’s TED talk on the power of vulnerability and the importance of human connection.
- Check out Rainbow and Inclusion events and activities on campus.
- Join a Club to meet students who have similar interests to you.
- Volunteer through Wellington Plus at the Careers and Employment service to meet new people.
- Check out these online games and activities to play with friends over Zoom if you’re unwell or in different parts of the country:
Loneliness and Homesickness
- Practice communicating your feelings with this worksheet.
- Watch Kio Stark discuss how talking to strangers can create unexpected connections.
- Active listening exercises help you practise listening to people and respond in ways that make them feel understood to improve your relationships with them.
- Get in touch with the university refugee-background students’ adviser Kodrean Eashae for refugee community groups both within and outside of the university.
- Listen to Kodrean Eashae talk about making New Zealand home.
- Listen to Kodrean on Voice of Aroha, Wellington Access Radio. Former refugees share local Wellington events, perspectives, and opinions.
- Watch a video about what homesickness is and tips from meaningful travel experts to feel better.
- Read about practical skills you can do to help you feel socially connected.
- The Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team is a central point for students to receive advice and support about responding to threatening, inappropriate, and concerning behaviour.
- Read about how to be effectively assertive from Marcia Reynolds.
- Watch this video You Have the Right to Speak Up from the School of Life.
- Read about how to deal with friendship conflict and feel in control during difficult conversations.
- Recognise if you are experiencing bullying and tips to help.
- Read about implementing wise feedback for conflict resolution
- Try out this worksheet from the University of Otago that self-coaches you through issues using the GROW model.
- Try out the Are You Ok relationship quiz.
- Watch a video about the Art of Diplomacy in negotiation, friendships and relationships.
- Work through the Conflict Resolution Checklist and the Social Problem Solving Worksheet to help you negotiate social problems.
- Check out VUWSA’s flatting guide to learn more about your rights as a tenant and contacts around the city for advice and information.
All of the content in our online resources aligns with the messages in our weekly wellbeing workshops.
Sometimes, you will need support and guidance from health professionals to help you through tough times. Reach out and seek support when you need to.
There are free health and wellbeing services on campus and outside of the University that provide support and information to students.