|Ciarán Lydon 2nd year Law & Accounting|
Personally I found a number of resources alleviated and sped up this “universification” process. The Information Technology department, physically situated in the library and contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org will solve literally any and all technical queries or problems. Lost passwords, MS Office installations or simple laptop issues are all easily resolvable. For any non-technical queries I found the library staff at the Info Desks available 9am-9pm Mon-Fri to answer pretty much anything library related and can at the very least send you in the right direction.
College exams are another part of university life that first year students inevitably work themselves up over. This panic can generally be entirely avoided if a measured and graded approach to study and tests is adopted, perhaps not from day 1 but do keep tabs on any upcoming projects or important tutorials. Utilise the study preparation sessions offered during the First Seven Weeks for added assurance.
On a less academic note it is equally significant to engage with the non-educational side of college. Develop friendships both within and outside of the classroom. Class nights out and clubs/societies offer ample opportunities that extend beyond the generic lecture hall scenario.
Realistically, third level is all about time management. Getting the most out of your time, whether that be in the library studying or relaxing in leisure will be the most difficult challenge you will face but don’t freak out! From the library to the SAA to your lecturers and academic advisors you have little reason to let these be of any serious concern. UL is such a friendly campus, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the above, or us Peer Advisors!
The Student Peer Advisors will be available in the Glucksman Library until Week 6 to help you with all your questions. If you prefer to ask your questions online, use the library's Ask Us Tell Us query service. Follow the library on Twitter and Facebook for other updates.