Top pieces oF advice For starting in CIT from the Good Start Ambassadors
Akhil Jacob, Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering Student - Join societies or clubs to ensure you make the most out of your time in CIT. There are a lot of things available for you here, you just need to tap into them and use them.
Danielle Kennedy, Business Student - Get involved with societies and clubs, whether you are trying something new or taking up an old hobby the members will be welcoming no matter what your skill level. I've found it to be the best way to make new friends outside of my course.
Andrea Bruton, Creative Digital Media Student - Stick with it, you are not alone and you are not the only one feeling out of your depth.
Ava Hayes, Fine Art Student - Relax. It all will work out believe it or not. Work hard, be friendly and be positive! You never know what each day will bring.
Colm McSweeney, Mechanical Engineering Student - Figure out your timetable and when best suits you to study. Draw up a study timetable and stick to is as best you can. This will help you adapt to the new system, new lecturers and give you time to experience college life to the full.
Darian O'Shea, Popular Music Student - Be yourself! You will find people with similar interests and quirks so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow so go for it!
Scott Hurley, Marketing Student - Get involved. Settling in sometimes involves leaving your comfort zone. I had to do it and I’ve never regretted getting stuck in.
Amy Twohig, Biomedical Engineering Student - If you are struggling don’t be afraid to ask for help be it with studies or personal problems there are loads of people you can talk to that can help you while in CIT.
Dillon Harris, Theatre and Drama Student - Don’t give yourself a hard time if it’s taking you a while to settle in. Everyone is different and just because other people might be getting used to college life sooner than you does not say anything bad about you. Give it time.
Emma Brennan, Software Development Student - Don’t stress about the little things. During the first few weeks it may seem like there is a new challenge every day but just remember you earned your place and deserve to be here! It’s just the beginning of your journey and remember it’s a marathon not a sprint.
Ibrahim Salaou, Business Information Systems Student - Don’t worry too much about making friends before you get here. Friends will come naturally if you be yourself.
Ioana Cretu, Visual Communications Student - It may be daunting at the start, but we are here to help you. There is lots of societies where you can meet new people. Join some of them and try to have a balance between college and social life
Isobel Kavanagh, International Business with a Language Student - Keep up to date with your notes, attend all your lectures and make friends with people in your course.
Oisin Gahan - Get a plan in place and stick to it. You won’t have teachers on your back like in school so it’s your responsibility to keep on top of work… a plan will make this easier.
Kate O'Brien, Culinary Arts Student - Attend all of your classes, ask lecturers and friends for help if you need it. Start your assignments early, it will save you a lot of stress. Talk to people!
Matthew McCarthy - I came into college worried about course work, making friends and probably 16 more things but Good Start had all the answers I needed. Keep calm!
Mandy McCarthy, Theatre and Drama Student - Don’t be afraid to ask for help, we’re all here to help and we’ve all been where you are now.
Sean O'Callaghan, Music Student - Learn how to live efficiently, learn about your degree, join as many clubs and societies as you can, buy a bicycle for getting around and hang out with the types of people you want to become.
Jayne Dooley, Fine Art Student - After college activities like Open Mic is a good place to get to know other students around the college. Making friends makes it easier to settle in and if you need anything you will have people to turn to.
Peter Rahill, Nautical Science Student - Engage in the social aspects of college. Don’t get bogged down if things don’t go your way at first, everything will all work out.
Maeve O Brien, Nutrition and Health Science Student - Get involved with a sport or society, keep on top of your course work and participate in any class social events.
Dean Oke, Community Development Student - There is always help for you in CIT, from students in your class and in the years above you to lecturers and services, you are not alone and before you know it you will settle in here.
Suzanne Casey, Creative Digital Media Student - Get outside your comfort zone. This is a new fresh start where you can fully be yourself. Get to know your year group and talk to as many people as you can. You will feel more comfortable settling into your course if you know your peers.
Iris Vos, Fine Art Student - Try as many things are you can, not only will it help you gain experience and valuable memories, it will also introduce you to new people with similar interests. Things like societies, workshops and class outings are great ways to make friends and become familiar with the campus and Cork city.