Monday 15 October 2018

Students to get taste of college life

Esther Hayden

Secondary school students across Co Wexford will celebrate College Awareness Week by attending Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) first 'College Awareness Day' which gives secondary school students a taste of college life.

WIT, in conjunction with the national College Awareness Week campaign will support students of all ages to become 'college ready' by raising awareness of the benefits of going to college. There will be an hourly talk/workshop on how to become college ready including presentations on college life, an expo area and a chance to explore the campus.

Claire Holden from WIT's outreach team said: 'We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.

'College Awareness Day is a good introduction to campus life as Wednesday, November 22, is a teaching day for WIT and our students will be attending classes as normal. It is also an opportunity to hear about our new 'common entry' courses, which give students time to choose what they would like to specialise in.'

Overall College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams.

Schools can book online at

WIT's traditional Schools' Open Day takes place on Friday, January 19, followed by a Saturday Open Day for all. One-hour campus tours are bookable online at year round. 'Try' events such as Try Nursing, Try Business, and Try Sport are also run to help prospective students discover if a certain discipline is for them.

'The difference between College Awareness Day and our Schools' Open Day is that College Awareness Day gives people a taste of college life, and helps overcome fears they may have, whereas the Open Day gives prospective students a chance to ask question is about courses they're interested in.'

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