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Mental Health

on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 17:24
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Hi Guys,


So this weeks topic is on a more serious note. Your mental health. 

Looking after your mental health is paramount in university in order to perform at your best and in order to thoroughly enjoy the full college experience. Often ‘mental health’ and ‘mental ill health’ are confused. Many people perceive them to be the same things however, caring for our mental health does not need to mean that we are unwell in any way. Together with the mentors we have come up with some advice and suggestions for if things are getting too much.


  • Firstly is to talk about the things that are

Keeping up with College Work

on Fri, 10/02/2015 - 23:28
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Hey Guys!

I hope you have all settled in well to first year by now and are not getting too piled up with essays and assaignments.

Now that it is coming to the time of year when this pile up can be really stressful, never fear! I, along with a group of mentors, have heard your problems and are here to provide you with the necessary tips and pointers on how to keep up with college work!

Coping with life away from home.

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:16
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Hey there first years!

Hope you are all settling into college life without any problems and that everything is going really well for you all!

Moving away from home for the first time is an incredibly scary thought for most people. When the time to leave home comes around, some people find that they can adapt to a new place easily enough with very little problems. But there are always some who find the process of living away from home for the first time, to a place where they may not know anyone at all, very troubling.

Club, Societies and Volunteering, the other half of the college experience

on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:49
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Well Hello First Years,

How are you all keeping? Good I’m hoping!

Now that you have had time to settle into college life you may begin to wonder if going to and coming from lectures day in day out or continuously searching for books in the library is all that college life entails for you. Thankfully college life encompasses so much more than that and there is in fact another side to the coin.

And what is on the other side of that proverbial coin some of you are undoubtedly asking yourselves?

Welcome to the student connect mentoring programme

on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 12:49
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Hi Everybody,

Welcome to college life at NUIG, your new home away from home! We hope you are all settling in to life in Galway.

As you may have notcied, most of you and we say most not all (we're in the process of sorting the rest), have been assigned a mentor for the academic year ahead. Your mentor is a facilitator for you throughout the year, if you need help finding services, someone to chat to or just have general queries about college they'd only be too happy to help! 

During the year this blog, your mentor and the Help desk (which will be up and running next week) will be your forms

Interested in being a Student Connect Mentor in 2015?

on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:34
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We are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for NUIG’s Student Connect Programme. The key benefits of the programme to first years and to you are shown below:

The key benefits of this programme or 1st Years is that it provides:

Ø First-hand knowledge of university life from a current student who knows exactly the concerns of incoming First Years.

Ø A capable confidante with whom you can rely on and go to without any hesitation.

Ø The mentoring programme is aimed to foster and encourage friendship within a mentor group and aid in the successful integration into university life.

The key

Safe Talk Training Course

on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:45
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Upcoming Safe Talk Suicide Prevention Training Course on 26th March, 6:30 – 9:30pm in the Hardiman Building, Moore Institute seminar room.  FREE!   Places are limited, please contact to book your place.

Free Online Magazine

on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:41
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Check out Student Health 101, a FREE, online magazine covering a variety of college life issues including stress, sleep, nutrition, alcohol, safer sex, study tips, and more. Each monthly issue includes videos of cookery demonstrations, fitness ideas, and NUI Galway students expressing their opinions. There is also a chance to win €750 euro in every issue!

Could it possibly be week 7 already?!

on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:07
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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.

Looking after yourself

on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:20
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Hi everyone,

It's hard to believe but we're already around the half way point of semester two! Now, most of us know that this has been an eventful week in the life of a Galway student and it's not over yet, so all I will say is to look after yourself. Use your common sense, don't make a show of yourself or others and respect the residents of Galway. We're lucky to be studying in a city considered vibrant, cultured and beautiful, and it would be nice if it could keep that reputatation. So have fun, make some memories, but most of all, come home safe and sound.