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The support services available from colleges nowadays are immense, the aim being to make the students experience fulfilling & rewarding on both a personal and academic level.
At my college of choice, The National College of Ireland(NCI) there is a Full-Time Student Support Officer. The services and supports available are
The Student Union is the representative body for students. On our induction evening in college, the President & Vice president of the S.U in NCI came down and welcomed us part-time and mature students to all college events. They seem to run a lot of events and nights out. It’s more difficult as a mature part time student with a lot of commitments to involve yourself in student life but the option is there!
Don’t every be afraid to ask your lecturer for Help, that’s their job and they want to see you do well, if you don’t it reflects badly on them too ;)
I’ve found my lecturers to be approachable, helpful, and generally good at their jobs.
This has made the whole experience so much easier for me.
When picking your college make sure you find out what supports and services are there to help you!
The other Oulwan’s and I made a pact that would part take in a few social beverages occasionally sure it would be rude not too. Apparently, the best brainstorming is done over a few drinks, well that’s what the Grumpy Oulwan tells us.