Friday 23 March 2018

THE GOING TO COLLEGE PODCAST EP 4: How to best prepare for college life?

Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the final episode of the four-part Going to College podcast series, the Irish Independent's John Walshe discusses with education experts how students can best prepare for college life.

Joining John on this week's show is guidance counsellor, Betty McLaughlin, Kevin Keane, TCD Students Union President, and Padraig Walsh, CEO of Awards and Certification with Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

"Students do feel under pressure and it takes a while to bed in and get used to college," says Keane.  "It is intimidating walking in trying to find your feet.  If you're going to college in Dublin, that in itself is challenging."

"Get involved and join clubs and societies, it’s a fantastic way of meeting up, socialising and building up support.  Also don’t ignore the orientation meetings - knowing what services are available is vitally important," advises McLaughlin.

"One in six students drop out in first year," points out Padraig Walsh.  "Not getting isolated is important and you have to also get the balance right between work and study." 

"If you find your niche and the group that you have an interest in it can be the best place in the world," says Keane.  "The community is there waiting to embrace you and you just have to embrace it back."

The four-part Going to College education podcast series is in association with QQI – promoting quality and accountability in Irish education and training.  Subscribe to the series on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via the RSS Feed.

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