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by Kimberley Harris
Tags: Subject, subject-choices

Although this blog may not directly relate to every discipline, the same pointers can be applied to choosing modules for the coming year. It is important to choose subjects/ modules that you enjoy. There is no point in taking a topic you are not interested in as it makes it harder to carry out assignments and projects. Below are several pointers from my mentors. Enjoy :)  

Keep an open mind and attend as many lectures as you can, even if you don't initially think you'd like to carry that particular module on to next year. Courses may surprise you! Talk to someone in the year above you and ask for advice. Ask people in your class if they know anyone in the year above and then contact them asking what modules they chose, why, and how they are finding them. Most people will only be more than happy to pass on their wisdom! Start... read more
by Christopher Mc Brearty
Tags: CV, Cirriculum Vitae, Jobs, work, Volunteering, Getting Involved

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an essential when you’re looking for work. It is a brief portfolio of you; an account of your education, qualifications, interests, and previous occupations. If you’re serious about getting a job after college, you need to build an impressive CV that highlights all your greatest aspects.

 

As important as your education is to a CV, it will only bring you so far. That is to say, a degree will get you the interview, your extra curricular activities will get you the job. Employers are not only looking for the brightest worker, but someone that they will be able to work with themselves for the foreseeable future. No one wants a boring co-worker. The little bits of volunteering you do can leave an employer with a great impression of you

 

To really make your CV stand out from the crowd you need to add in all the volunteering you do. Not involved in much? Well its time to start.  What you do outside of your education says... read more

by Christopher Mc Brearty
Tags: CV, Cirriculum Vitae, Jobs, work, Volunteering, Getting Involved

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an essential when you’re looking for work. It is a brief portfolio of you; an account of your education, qualifications, interests, and previous occupations. If you’re serious about getting a job after college, you need to build an impressive CV that highlights all your greatest aspects.

 

As important as your education is to a CV, it will only bring you so far. That is to say, a degree will get you the interview, your extra curricular activities will get you the job. Employers are not only looking for the brightest worker, but someone that they will be able to work with themselves for the foreseeable future. No one wants a boring co-worker. The little bits of volunteering you do can leave an employer with a great impression of you

 

To really make your CV stand out from the crowd you need to add in all the volunteering you do. Not involved in much? Well its time to start.  What you do outside of your education says... read more

by Christopher Mc Brearty
Tags: CV, Cirriculum Vitae, Jobs, work, Volunteering, Getting Involved

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an essential when you’re looking for work. It is a brief portfolio of you; an account of your education, qualifications, interests, and previous occupations. If you’re serious about getting a job after college, you need to build an impressive CV that highlights all your greatest aspects.

 

As important as your education is to a CV, it will only bring you so far. That is to say, a degree will get you the interview, your extra curricular activities will get you the job. Employers are not only looking for the brightest worker, but someone that they will be able to work with themselves for the foreseeable future. No one wants a boring co-worker. The little bits of volunteering you do can leave an employer with a great impression of you

 

To really make your CV stand out from the crowd you need to add in all the volunteering you do. Not involved in much? Well its time to start.  What you do outside of your education says... read more

by Eileen Shannon
Tags: Mental Health, new year, New Start

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. Start small, and start with what makes you comfortable.


 At the beginning of semester two, the big shock is jumping back into college work after a long month off for the Christmas holidays. The key is to keep your mental health in check, and to be mindful of what makes you feel good. Don’t try to make yourself into someone that you are not, because you’ll only bring yourself down. If you feel like you need to take a... read more

by Eileen Shannon
Tags: Student Services, support, semester 2

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, there are some great events lined up for this semester, including the first ever Student Connect Ball! So polish the shoes and get the ball gowns out! Find our event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829457200634674/

 

2. Counselling

If you’re finding... read more

by Christopher Mc Brearty
Tags: Time Management, Life, Assignments, Health

Time Management

“You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé

Are you late for assignments, generally stressing or missing activities and around the campus?

Does it sometimes feel like there's not enough hours in the day? Well, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but how come some people make more progress in a day than you can in a week? It all comes down to time management, the art of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.

University isn’t just about getting good grades in your exams, it’s also about skill development. During your time in university, you will develop many (new) skills, one of which could be time management. Essential in the workplace.

Here are some tips you can practice to become a master of this fine art. It may seem senseless to spend precious time working on time... read more

by Eileen Shannon
Tags: Essays, tips, Study

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? Asking yourself these basic questions will help you be more precise when answering the question.

2nd- The library is your best friend. Use its resources to its fullest extent! Search the key words of your essay or look for books and publishes papers that have similar research topics to your question. Don’t be afraid to ask the library staff for help in this matter,... read more

by laoiselane
Tags: subject-choices, next year, decisions

-By Niamh Leonard & Mentors

As second semester is moving on by many of you may be wondering about what the next year of your course will entail. In some courses you will also have to make subject/module choices for next year. So we asked some of the mentors to give some tips about picking subjects for second year of your course and some general pieces of information they think would be handy to know about college next year.

Science.

The first thing you should do is try have an idea in what direction you want to continue your study. I was in undenominated science so I had a large choice to pick from. I knew I wanted to either go biology of chemistry so I dropped all physics and math modules. I also looked up what the modules were worth and what the marking criteria were such as if continuous assessment was involved and that helped me make my choices.

Think carefully about the choices you make now. The subjects you choose now will... read more

by JennyB1
Tags: Assignments, Study, Stress

I normally have a fairly good idea of what's going on, what date it is, basic things like that, but when my lecturer announced yesterday that this is week 7 it took me totally by surprise. The weeks are flying past and before we know it we're going to be up on top of exams again! I had a fairly quiet start to semester 2. I didn't have many assignments and not a huge work load. However that was just the calm before the storm because suddenly I've been bombarded with essays and projects that have fast approaching deadlines. But there's no need to freak out (or so I'm telling myself) because if it has to get done, it'll get done. Just remember to plan your time carefully and try not to procrastinate too much. That was really difficult for me semester 2 of last year I remember. My friends and I drank a lot of tea and ate a lot of biscuits while essays went unfinished. It was great at the time, but staying up half the night trying to meet deadlines gets old pretty quickly. Don't let... read more

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