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Pick from a range of events and activities to create your own bespoke Thrive programme

Thrive term card, Lent Term 2022

All this term's Thrive events, in one handy list! More information is also available on the Thrive Moodle page.

More events are being added all the time, so do check back regularly. Last updated: 6 January 2022.

Pick from a range of events and activities to create your own bespoke programme or follow one of these thematic strands.

List of Thrive strands: Thriving academically, Thrive personally, a Thriving career, a Thriving community

 

 

Complete list of scheduled events — scroll down for information about specific events

Date Event Sign up needed?
Wednesday 12 January, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 19 January, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 26 January, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 26 January, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #1 https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16134842
Tuesday 1 February, 7pm–8.30pm Mindfulness workshop https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16752301
Wednesday 2 February, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 2 February, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #2 Only open to existing participants
Wednesday 9 February, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 9 February, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #3 Only open to existing participants
Monday 14 February, 5.30pm–6.30pm Courageous conversations https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16752291
Wednesday 16 February, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 16 February, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #4 Only open to existing participants
Monday 21 February, 5.30pm–6.30pm Managing perfectionism https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760181
Wednesday 23 February, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 23 February, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #5 Only open to existing participants
Tuesday 1 March, 6pm–7pm Dealing with procrastination https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760191
Wednesday 2 March, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle
Wednesday 2 March, 7pm–9pm Career Accelerator #6 Only open to existing participants
Tuesday 15 March, 5.30pm–6.30pm Managing stress: with a view to exams https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760231
Wednesday 16 March, 4pm–4.30pm "Ask a Librarian" No — find Zoom details on Moodle

 

One-off events

 

Career Accelerator

Wednesdays 26 January, 2 February, 9 February, 16 February, 23 February, 2 March 2022, all 7pm–9pm. (Sessions on likely to be on Zoom but we hope to be able to hold some of the later ones in-person.)

The transition from University to the workplace is an important one. Your hard work and sharp minds provide an excellent platform for success. However, as the saying goes "what got you here won't get you there". How can you best use your existing knowledge and skills to make an impact at work? What other capabilities can massively accelerate your career and smooth your entry into work life? All will be revealed in this highly interactive six-week course. For a modest investment of time and energy, you will learn (and practice) key influence and negotiation skills as well as boosting your communication and presentation skills. You'll get under the skin of the business to learn what really matters to executives and build powerful resilience and EQ capabilities that will allow you to perform when it matters most.

The course will be run by our Bye-Fellow Mark Smith. Mark holds an MBA and MSc in behavioural change, is a Fellow at Judge Business School and has over twenty years of business experience. He is currently Market Development Director for a FTSE100 information and technology business.

Places on this highly popular course are capped at 25. Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16134842

Career Accelerator strands: a Thriving career, recommended for recommended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Mindfulness workshop

Tuesday 1 February 2022, 7pm–8.30pm (TBC if in-person or via Zoom)

Join Simon McKibbin (Mindfulness with compassion) for this one-off mindfulness session for the students of Girton and Lucy Cavendish.

Simon was described by a previous Girton participant as "the best mindfulness instructor I've had". So whether you are new to mindfulness and just want to find out what it's all about*, or whether you're an experienced practitioner who'd like to join in with others, this workshop is a MUST.

Numbers on the workshop are limited. Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16752301 to guarantee your place.

*You can read more about the findings of the University of Cambridge mindful student study, which was carried out in 2016-17

Event strands: Thriving personally, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Courageous conversations

Monday 14 February 2022, 5.30pm-6.30pm (via Zoom)

Do you find it difficult to raise sensitive issues sometimes? — possibly with other students who have different views than you do, maybe with friends or family, maybe with project teams or even with your supervisor.  Or maybe you find it easy to raise issues, however the conversation doesn’t always go as you had hoped. Being appropriately assertive and having courageous conversations are important life skills.  This one-hour interactive webinar will give you some tools to engage in these tricky conversations with more confidence and ease, making a positive impact and developing adult relationships.

Karin Horowitz facilitates life skills, leadership and well-being workshops across many sectors including education, government and business. She regularly provides careers and life skills support and coaching to undergraduates and postgraduate students.

This session will be shared with students from Lucy Cavendish. Numbers are limited.  Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16752291 to guarantee your place,

Event strands: Thriving personally, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Managing perfectionism

Tuesday 21 February 2022, 5.30pm-6.30pm (via Zoom)

The ‘be perfect’ driver can stimulate some of our best efforts and is often present in high-achievers.  However, it can also become a stumbling block which paradoxically prevents us from being the best we can be.  In this session we will explore the impetus to ‘be perfect’ from various angles and learn how to manage its less helpful sides.  We will also touch on the related ‘imposter syndrome’ and give you strategies to manage your levels of confidence to be an effective student and feel ready to face challenges more broadly in your life.

Karin Horowitz facilitates life skills, leadership and well-being workshops across many sectors including education, government and business. She regularly provides careers and life skills support and coaching to undergraduates and postgraduate students.

This session will be shared with students from Lucy Cavendish. Numbers are limited. Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760181 to guarantee your place,

Event strands: Thriving personally, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Dealing with procrastination

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm-7pm (via Zoom)

Procrastination can sabotage our efforts to do our best work and it often occurs at times when we need it least.  This interactive seminar will help you understand why you procrastinate and learn practical strategies for overcoming the tendency.  You will learn how to prioritise and motivate yourself to quell the temptation to procrastinate!

Karin Horowitz facilitates life skills, leadership and well-being workshops across many sectors including education, government and business. She regularly provides careers and life skills support and coaching to undergraduates and postgraduate students.

This session will be shared with students from Lucy Cavendish. Numbers are limited. Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760191 to guarantee your place.

Event strands: Thriving personally, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Managing stress: with a view to exams

Tuesday 15 March 2022, 5.30pm-6.30pm (via Zoom)

There is no such thing as a life without stress and, indeed, we need positive stress to motivate us to achieve.  What does it mean to be stress-hardy?  How can you make an ally of stress rather than letting stress undermine your best efforts?  Recent research on well-being gives us strategies for managing stress, drawing on ‘four pillars’ of well-being.  We will explore the four pillars and you will go away with some very practical strategies to build into your everyday life so that you feel confident about managing the stresses that occur.

Karin Horowitz facilitates life skills, leadership and well-being workshops across many sectors including education, government and business. She regularly provides careers and life skills support and coaching to undergraduates and postgraduate students.

This session will be shared with students from Lucy Cavendish. Numbers are limited. Sign up at https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=16760231 to guarantee your place,

Thrive strands: Thriving personally; recommended for anyone sitting exams

 

Recurring events

Missing a four-legged friend?

If so, come and say hello to Darwin. Dates and times TBC

Event strands: Thriving personally, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

"Ask a Librarian" — every Wednesday (from 12 January 2022), 4pm–4.30pm via Zoom

Complicated question that you don't fancy putting in an email to library@girton.cam.ac.uk

Ask it via Zoom instead!  No need to book, just find the Zoom joining instructions on the Thrive Moodle event listing.

Event strands: Thriving academically, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Enterprise Tuesday: Cambridge Judge Business School

Enterprise Tuesday from the Cambridge Judge Business School opens the door for budding entrepreneurs to the world of translating ideas into building new businesses. The aim is to inspire people into pursuing their own entrepreneurial ambitions and help plug those already underway with their new venture creation into the Cambridge ecosystem.

Enterprise Tuesday is a series of evening talks and panel discussions with tech pioneers, business leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. Talks take place on Tuesday evenings during Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms from 18:30-20:00. Tickets are FREE but you do need to sign up: https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/programmes/enterprise-tuesday/timetable/.

You can also find videos and podcasts on key topics at https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/programmes/enterprise-tuesday/resources/.

Event strands: A Thriving career, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

Girton Biodiversity

We have a continuing project where everyone can get involved in mapping the many species of plants, animals, and fungi in the grounds of Girton College. Fellows, students and staff are encouraged to enjoy the natural diversity of the site, and to record your sightings, either with photographs or otherwise.

We are using an app called iNaturalist, which is a fantastic way of getting to know different species, and recording your observations and photographs for others to browse. The college has its own iNaturalist page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/girton-college-biodiversity where you can see the observations made so far, with locations and pictures.

The app is available for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android and iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8 and has an excellent species identification feature: just take a picture and click "View suggestions" if you're not sure what you're seeing. You don't need to be an expert, or even to have had any experience.

We encourage everyone who can, to walk around the grounds, submit your observations, and browse and enjoy the pictures.

Event strands: Thriving personally, a Thriving community, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

In agreement with your DoS/Tutor

One-to-one academic skills support sessions with a Girton Fellow

Event strands: Thriving academically, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

One-to-one library skills support sessions with Jenny Blackhurst, Librarian and Fellow for Life & Study Skills

Event strands: Thriving academically, recommended for recommended for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, recommended for postgraduates

 

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