Tri 3—a student’s guide to the summer trimester

Tri 3—a student’s guide to the summer trimester

In this myView blog post, we highlight some key things to help you succeed in summer.

If you want a spot to hang out that’s not too far from campus, look no further than the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Look ahead to your career

During your downtime from study, take a moment to think ahead to what you’d like to be doing after you’ve handed in that final assignment and how to develop the skills and experience you’ll need. Join a Wellington Careers and Employment workshop—they’re a great way to learn and tackle the challenges of the job search, recruitment, and selection processes in a supportive group environment. The workshops are held online and at our Kelburn and Pipitea campuses. 

You can also visit the University’s online Career Centre—a resource hub full of interactive tools, e-learning exercises, and modules to grow your career confidence. 

Give back to the community in your spare time 

If you want to do something nice for your community while gaining work experience, then give volunteering a go. Volunteers gain experience in a professional New Zealand context while learning new skills and giving back to the community. You can find volunteering opportunities on CareerHub  and by contacting Volunteer Wellington directly. Consider joining the Wellington Plus or Wellington International Leadership Programmes and gain points toward the certificate or award. 

Get involved around uni  

Get involved with a club— it’s a fantastic way to make friends, enjoy new activities, and make your student experience richer and more rewarding. Find out more and how to contact clubs. In Trimester 1 next year, come along to the Clubs expo to find and connect with your club of choice. 

Take advantage of free help from VUWSA

VUWSA has plenty of support to offer students during all trimesters and the advocacy service is one that all students should know about, regardless of where we are in the academic year. Another great initiative that they run is the Community Pantry.  

The VUWSA Community Pantry is an initiative that helps by giving out food parcels to students who need them throughout the year.

Enter the international students summer photo competition 

Share your Kiwi summer experience through our summer photo competition and be in to win Vic Books vouchers. Prize winners will be contacted by email in February 2022. You can submit up to three photos per entry from 18 December 2021 through to 31 January 2022 under any of the following categories: 

  1. Kiwi summer experience 
  2. Landscapes and landmarks 
  3. So…this happened…. 

Photos must be submitted by email to before 31 January 2022. Please include your full name, student ID, and contact phone number. Please ensure your photos are high resolution files and in JPG, PNG, or GIF file format. 

Enjoy Wellington on a good day 

Wellington always has a lot to offer over summer. If you’re looking for live entertainment, check out Eventfinda.  

Just up the hill from Kelburn campus is the Zealandia ecological sanctuary. Zealandia by Night lets you explore it by torchlight with a guide who will lead you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. 

If you’re looking for some cheap and free fun, you can check out some of Wellington’s arts and heritage and get to know more about the city though its places and culture.  

And if you want to spend some time at the beach but don’t know which one to choose, this website has six of the best. 

Enjoy relaxing in Tim Beaglehole courtyard on your study breaks and make sure to access nearby student services and support if you need anything.

Use our website for services and support and get ready for Trimester 1

The University website has a lot of useful information for students and loads of services and support to help get you through your studies. Search for information using our new student information search bar.

Trimester 1 is not far away, so if you’re coming back to study, check out this page and find out how to get ready

Interested in sharing your experience? Read our submission guidelines and get in touch with your story ideas.