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by Kimberley Harris Contact
Topic: Academic life
Views: 72
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 thinking about what you might like to do after college. Ask your lecturer if what you learn in their module could be useful for that... read more
by Eileen Shannon Contact
Topic: Other
Views: 80
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. Working in Summer camps is always fun, which you can either do at home or abroad, especially if you have another language. Most camps pay a decent wage as well as supplying your food and accommodation for the summer, so you'd be sorted!” – Kate Wylie“Work doesn't always have to be paid work.  I advise first year students to look at... read more
by Eileen Shannon Contact
Views: 6
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. 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 (Spanish Tapas) Let’s go see the Culture! Galway has recently been named the European Capital of Culture for 2020. We have the museum, art galleries, the Cathedral and numerous bus tours for you to experience the Culture filled Galway. Let’s go to the Market! Every weekend the Galway City market pops up on Market Street at the bottom... read more
by Una McDermott Contact
Topic: College life
Views: 41
Hi to all our first years, mentors and mentor leadersIf you found student connect helpful when coming to NUIG last September why not give back by volunteering to be a mentor this year.  You can apply at: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg59ee6.  To be a mentor you need to attend a short training course.  You have the choice of attending on Wednesday 22nd March or Tuesday 28th March.Student Connect has been truly invigorated over the last 3 years.  Why?  Because it is the only truly student led programme in the University.  Its also the biggest club on campus so why not volunteer!  Mentor Leaders and mentors arrange social events throughout the year for 1st years, inform 1st years of whats happening on campus and make changes to the programme to truly meet the needs of first year students.I want to sincerely thank Lauren Galvin and Eileen Shannon who were responsible for injecting new life into this programme.  They couldn't have done this... read more
by bennolan1 Contact
Topic: Other
Tags: recruitment
Views: 93
Becoming a Student Connect Mentor There would be no Student Connect Mentor Programme if it were not for fantastic students stepping up to the mark and taking on the role. The programme is run through a tiered system. It begins with Una and the team who represent the connection to the academic staff. Una coordinates with the two Programme Coordinators, who in turn work with the six Mentor Leaders. The Mentor Leaders each have a group of Mentors that they work with and of course, the Mentors are the direct link to the First Year Students. So, apart from Una, the entire programme is run by students looking out for other students! Becoming a Mentor is rewarding and fulfilling. The programme aims to foster and encourage friendship within a mentor group from the beginning and lets new students know that they have a peer to whom they can go in confidence to help them with any issue they may have. It is a platform that allows you to share the knowledge you have gained about our... read more
by Christopher Mc Brearty Contact
Topic: Academic life
Views: 45
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 more about you... read more
by Christopher Mc Brearty Contact
Topic: Academic life
Views: 1
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 more about you... read more
by Christopher Mc Brearty Contact
Topic: Academic life
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 more about you... read more
by Glenn Timoney Contact
Views: 62
So it is that time of the semester again in which many people ask if this is actually a real thing, and why is it called that? Well the answer is simple yes and S.H.A.G. Week stands for Sexual Health Awareness Week. Which is exactly what goes on throughout the campus for the duration of the week. From the distribution of SHAG packs and plenty of event from comedy gigs to contests. More info can be found here http://su.nuigalway.ie/shag-sexual-health-awareness-guidance-week-2017/ .  Though there is the fun side to this week there is also the more important and serious aspect of sexual health. There will be consent workshops running throughout the week as well as plenty of information on STI’s including a clinic. So if you want to check any of this out just click on the link or if you're just after the free condoms look out for the welfare crew or just pop into the SU.So to end this quick keep your eyes open for anything that might be of interest, get involved with the... read more
by Kimberley Harris Contact
Topic: College life
Views: 61
If you didn't get a chance or just spent the whole of your first semester getting settled in with living away from home for the first time, it is not too late to sign up to a club or society you have an interest in! :)  "It’s never too late to get involved in college. If you find yourself thinking “oh God, shouldn’t I have made close friends by now?”, or, “why don’t I have something to do on Friday nights?”- don’t despair, you’re not alone! Everyone finds it hard to step into an unknown environment. Maybe you didn’t have much of an interest in sport at school, or you never had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Well, here’s your chance to start ticking those things off of your list! College is your time to test out a sport you’ve seen on television, but never had the nerve to try. Join a society because you think you might have something to add. Volunteer because you loved the... read more

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