Advice for First Year Students

Advice for First Yeat Students from Peer Support Leaders

Beginning life at UCC can be a huge learning curve for all first year students. Below are some words of advice from previous first year students about their initial experiences of life at UCC:

  •  "Wish I had joined a club/society and went religiously for 1st year... although it may affect your nights out, it will ultimately result in more friends!"- Emma Murphy
  •  "I also wish I knew how important it was to make a good effort at all my work and essays and that it really does pay to go to all your lectures and tutorials!"- Gerard Finn
  • "Hmmm things I wish I had known... I wish I'd known more about the SU and their services."- Caitlin O' Reilly
  • "I wish I had relaxed a little more in first year because you really do get there in the end."- Una Rooney
  • "Go out with your class and with club/societies- the best way to get to know people is when you're out socially by choice rather than when you have to go to class/training/whatever."- Olivia Flynn
  • "Talk to people when you can even if it is just a word or two and smile."- Iain O'Leary
  • "I did a writing skills course and I found it really beneficial"- Una Rooney


  •  "Club and Socs are a great way to make friends and that's the most important thing... a lot of people already know each other and you can feel like an outsider but clubs and Socs have so many people you can meet loads of new people!"- Gerard Finn
  • "Organisation- €2 Student's Union Diary this is a godsend. Again make a realistic schedule for yourself with a good amount of free time so you don't get stressed out and think about work all the time."- Iain O' Leary
  • "I wish I knew more about the Mardyke and the classes that went on etc."- Gerard Finn



Peer Assisted Student Support (PASS)

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