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Going to college as a mature student can be a bit daunting, with lots of unknowns to face. Would I be able for it? Would they be able for me? Will there be lots of grey haired professors floating around the place in big black cloaks and funny headgear?
I knew I was onto a good start when, on the first night, I at least managed to find the place and there was a friendly face in the reception area with a student card for me. (I wonder can I get student discounts with this card?). I was directed to our lecture theatre on the 3rd floor and when I walked in to the room it was half full with about 15 other nervous and very quiet people wondering what they had let themselves in for. Numbers grew to about 30 before the show started. By the way, that 15 minutes or so before “lectures” started was the only time this group has been quiet and reserved since!
That first night we had a series of 10 minute “chats” from various college bodies like the student’s union, library, IT department, student support services etc. to let us know about all of the support services that are available to make our time in college a success. Good stuff to know and very reassuring and helpful.
The info presentations were followed by an introduction from our course director, who outlined the academic side of things for us, what we would be covering, how we would be working and how our efforts would be judged during our time in college.
Following that, the piece that I think everybody dreads, “introduce yourself to the person beside you and in 10 minutes, be prepared to introduce your neighbor to the group”.
And so, I met the first of my new class colleagues. A lovely girl who was young enough to be my daughter. She was full of positivity, ambition and excitement about our new course, and we shared a fair bit of trepidation too. Once the introductions started, I was struck by the range of different people involved. We had representatives from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and of course, Ireland. We had young and slightly older, and the group was split about 50:50 between male and female. A real eclectic mix. I could see that this was going to be an interesting journey.
We are only a few weeks in and so far I have to say I’m really enjoying the experience. Stay in touch with our blog to see how things develop as we make our way through college as “oulwans at college”
By the way, I still haven’t seen any of those bat-like professors flying around the place!