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Planning your Summer’ by Solenn and mentors

on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 16:30
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When the second semester ends, many students find themselves with nothing to do. It’s during this time of year when we need to plan out the coming Summer months, so that way we’re not left sitting at home for 4 months!

Here’s some suggestions from your mentors that will hopefully spark your interests and get those plans in action!

“So for a student diving head first into Summer there are many options: You can always get a part time job, either at home, wherever that may be, or here in Galway. Sites like https://ie.indeed.com/ are great for helping find any opportunities.

Enjoying Galway - things to do outside of college (by Sinead Ruane)

on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:35
  1. Let’s Go Shopping!

 

There are so many places to go shopping in Galway. From the big shopping centers, the larger chain stores and the small boutiques there are plenty places to find just what you’re looking for.

 

  1. Let’s go Eat!

 

Galway has some of the best restaurants around. Check out some of these restaurants who do an early bird so you can eat like a king on a student’s dime.

 

  • The Eastern Tandoor in Spanish Arch (Indian)
  • Il Folletto on Quay Street (Italian)
  • Cactus Jacks on Druid Lane (Mexican)
  • McSwiggins on the WoodQuay (Irish)
  • Royal Villa in Salthill (Chinese)
  • Cava on Dominick Street

New Year, New Me – Taking Care of Your Mental Health (by Solenn and her mentors)

on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:17
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When the New Year rolls around, everyone usually takes a step back to revaluate their choices over the past year, and typically decide to make some ‘new year’s resolutions’. Now I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and admit that I failed miserably at my resolutions this year, and we’re not even a month in! However, I also think that there’s no need to place yourself into a position where you’re forcing yourself to take on too many resolutions at once. You don’t need to jump right into new activities or routines, mindsets or the new ‘Lean in 15’ diet.

Welcome to Semester 2!

on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:58
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Hi everyone!

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and welcome back to semester 2! By now, everyone will be more familiar with college life and with Galway, but always remember that it’s still ok to have questions, and there is plenty of supports and help available if you need them! Here’s a quick reminder of what’s available

 

  1. Student Connect Mentoring

Like last semester, your mentor will be on hand to support you with any queries you have, and to be a friendly face among the crowd! Never hesitate to contact them via WhatsApp and remember – there’s no such thing as a silly question!

Also,

Happy Christmas!

on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 18:04
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Hey everyone!

It’s hard to believe semester one is almost over and the exam season has already started! Hope you have all figured out your exam timetables and that exams are going well for everyone!

Exams can be a stressful time but remember that they’ll be over shortly, and you can enjoy the Christmas preparation after that! If you feel that everything is getting on top of you, don’t hesitate to talk to someone – be it your friend, mentor, student services. There is some really helpful advice on previous blogs too!

Hopefully everyone has enjoyed semester one; keep tuned in with your

Essays, and how to prepare for them (by Solenn and her mentor group)

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 19:36
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Understanding an essay and what is being asked of you can be difficult, especially your first essay in university. Lecturers will often highlight what they expect the contents of your essay to have, however it happens quite often that you have to do all of the research on a topic that you know nothing about. In any case, there are steps that you can take along the way that aid and improve your ability to write an academic essay or paper.

1st – Understand what the key components of the essay are. What are your key words? If your task a report, a study, a critique?

Summer Options for Students

on Fri, 02/26/2016 - 05:57
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As we pass the halfway mark in the semester, along comes the impending doom of approaching exams and assignment deadlines. However, as they draw closer, there is also the promise of summer holidays. Last summer, many of you sat your Leaving Certs or equivalent exams, not fully tasting freedom till the end of June. This year, many of you will finish in the month of May …. So what can you possibly do with 3 or 4 full months of freedom?

Time Management

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 18:38
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Hey everyone,

Where has the time gone to? We’ve now hit week 8 of the semester, a time where exams are looming, assignment due dates are getting closer, and it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep everything going! With no Mammy to keep after you to ensure all the deadlines are met, the mentors have come up with some helpful tips to ensure efficient use and management of your time!

Firstly, it might be helpful to make a large plan of assignments, study, events, etc.