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How to get the most out of your college years...

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Model Sarah McGovern
Model Sarah McGovern

While studying German, Italian and business at DIT, Kevin Street, model Sarah McGovern (pictured) held the posts of welfare officer, president of Kevin Street, and overall president of DIT Students Union. Here are her tips for getting the most out of college.

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1 GET INVOLVED: Freshers week is designed for new students to become involved in clubs and societies. Have a look at what's on offer, and sign up to at least one of them. It's a brilliant way to meet new people with the same interests, and can add a great social aspect to college. If there isn't one there that suits you and you have an idea, look at setting it up yourself.

2 GO TO LECTURES: This may sound ridiculously obvious, but you can get too involved with the social side of college, or else get a bit cocky and think you'll be fine leaving studying to the end of the year. The latter happened to me with my German classes, and I had a lot to catch up on. I was lucky in the end but learnt my lesson. Your new-found freedom could lead to failing your first year, so get the balance right.

3 USE YOUR STUDENTS' UNION: They've been elected to help with a wide range of issues to do with college and student welfare. While they're not necessarily qualified in all areas, they'll know where you should go to get help and will give you all your options. They should be your first port of call if you have issues with lecturers, classes, exam results, money or grants, etc. Remember, they have been elected to work on your behalf.

4 MAKE FRIENDS: Sounds obvious, but some people just go to class, keep to themselves and go home. College life in general will be so much more enjoyable if you make friends, and they might end up your friends for life. Plus if you end up missing a lecture, a good friend will share their notes, and you can also help each other with studying at exam time.

5 LECTURERS: Don't be afraid to talk to your lecturers. They may seem like scary people who stand in front of hundreds of students and spout off information all day, but they're actually human and will welcome questions during and after class.

If you have to make an appointment to see them, then do so, as they're there to teach you. If you knew it all, you'd be standing there but you don't, yet! So don't be scared of them and ask away.

6 LASTLY, ENJOY: You may have heard from your elders that school and college days are the best years of your life, and they should be. If you get the balance right between studying and socialising, you could have an amazing time and enjoy some of the best years of your life so make the most of it.

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