Category: Campus Life

10 books to read while in university

Literature allows you to expand your horizons, build critical thinking skills, and address human nature and the human condition. It is because of this that literature plays such a big role in our development. Here are ten books to read while you are still in university, as recommended by members of UP’s English department, that will expand your horizons, challenge the way you think and allow you to explore the intricacies of humanity.

Toxic productivity and student culture

Toxic productivity, as Huffpost defines it, is the “unhealthy desire to be productive at all times, at all costs”. It is not hard to understand why this phenomenon is so prevalent among university students. Students are expected to push
themselves to their limits to succeed, even if that means sacrificing their mental and physical health in the process.

Mental care is also self-care

Life is known for throwing curveballs into the mix at our most settled and unsuspecting moments. Each person has their own unique method for tackling these unexpected scenarios. Finding what works for you is important.

Getting involved in university life as a day student

When it comes to getting involved in university life, the University of Pretoria has something to offer for every student, from day houses to faculty houses, to all the societies in between. Being part of a structure not only gives students the opportunity to make friends and take part in events, it also provides students with various opportunities to learn and improve certain skills.

Let’s talk about ‘not all men’

So you’ve made a statement about gender-based violence, rape or sexism, and the response you received was ‘not all men’ do xyz. Why is this problematic? Is it problematic at all? I’d argue yes, and if you read this and think that it’s exceptionally obvious why it’s problematic, then I’d think we read similar things, follow similar people and subscribe to similar discourses and what I say here won’t be anything new or extraordinary to you.

A brief architectural history of UP

The University of Pretoria has a diverse range of architectural styles and a variety of eye-catching building designs. Buildings serve as tangible evidence of growth and change in a particular space. The accompanying modifications that they undergo reflect changes in UP’s history and its life over time.

The second pandemic: gender based violence

South Africa suffers from a serious pandemic. The violence against women and children in this country is at its highest ever. Women are becoming or are already endangered at the hand of men. After 16 days of activism against women and children abuse, the government reported that in the months leading to and during December, South Africa recorded more than twelve thousand cases of gender-based violence (GBV). South African universities and colleges are not immune to this pandemic.


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