Five weeks in…. What to expect 

We are now reaching the five week mark in your college year. How has it being going for you?

For some the time will have flown by … for others it may have felt like forever.

The first few of weeks of college life are important so if you are still finding it difficult to settle in here are a few tips and ideas that might help… 

  • Settling in:
    If you are still trying to settle in remember that is ok. It takes time and is different for everyone. Choose to do one thing every day to get to know your surroundings, your peers and your college. 
     
  • Making Friends:
    If you haven’t made friends yet – remember there is still plenty of time to do so. Not everyone make friends straight away. Others are in the same boat despite what you might think or feel. Try to say ‘Hello’ and introduce yourself to others on a daily basis. Someone else will be glad that you did and who knows it might be the start of a new friendship. Do not compare yourself to others - remember this is your journey and your experience. 
     
  • Studying:
    Get a study routine going. Organise set times to study. See where the gaps are in your day or week and set specific tasks that are achievable for such times. Decide what you want to use the time for – to read, go over class notes, check moodle, search for books in library etc.  
     
  • Academic Concerns:
    If you are struggling academically ask for help or clarification from your Academic Department. Academic staff usually have drop-in hours displayed on their doors so that students can pop in with any queries. Ask for help if confused about academic material or assignments. Refrain from falling into the habit of missing classes or lectures – even if they are at 9am.
     
  • Self-Care:
    Maintain a balance – make sure to make time to relax and socialise but remember to eat well and get a good night’s sleep. Be mindful of your alcohol consumption and its effects on your health and wellbeing. It is not too late to join a club or society. This is a good way to get to know others who are interested in similar things as you.
     
  • Support:
    Link in with the SU and participate in college activities and events. 

There is plenty of support available from the Student Support Services - ask for help. Remember - that is why we are here. 

You can contact the Counselling Service on 01 708-3554 or by requesting a Call Back here