Settle into College Life with Tips from Griffith College

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Griffith College offers advice for new college students and their parents. For students, Griffith encourages their students to stay active. Go to lectures, socialise, and enjoy it. Take some time to settle in; and don't be afraid to ask for help. Avail of the services that are available, whether it's visiting the Student's Liaison Officer, the Student Union, or joining Griffith's Facebook group. You can also find Griffith on YouTube and Twitter.

Experiencing college life for the first time is very exciting but students and parents may also feel slightly apprehensive. Students have left behind the 'safe' environment of school and are embarking on a new adventure which will mean new friends, new lecturers, a new lifestyle and, for some, new living arrangements.

It is important for students to make the most of their time at college as they can be some of the best years of their lives. The best way to do this is through balancing all activities in college life from studying to socialising to sport to college societies and any other extra curricular activities that they may participate in.

Commenting on this, Mairead Murphy, Deputy Marketing Manager at Griffith College, said, 'This is a very exciting time for both students and parents. There will be some trial and error for students as they try and strike a balance for their new lifestyle but by Christmas they should be well and truly settled.'

'Parents will also have to try and find a happy medium between keeping an eye on their new college student to make sure they are adapting ok but they also have to let go and allow their children to take more responsibility for their actions,' she continued.

For students, Griffith encourages their students to stay active. Go to lectures, socialise, and enjoy it. Take some time to settle in; and don't be afraid to ask for help. Avail of the services that are available, whether it's visiting the Student's Liaison Officer, the Student Union, or joining Griffith's Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2223175254&ref=search&sid=19600266.812350801..1). You can also find Griffith on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/gcdweb) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/griffithcollege).

For parents, here are Griffith's top tips:

  •     Encourage your teenager to set three goals they would like to achieve in their first month at college. These need to be specific goals such as joining a sports team or writing an article for the college newspaper.
  •     Encourage your teenager to try new things, such as learning to cook themselves dinner instead of always eating in the college canteen, learning new things will build up their confidence.
  •     You should keep in regular contact with your teenager either through e-mail, phone or by text. It is good for new students to keep up with what is going on at home as well as for parents to keep up to date with their children's life.

One of the main adjustments to College Life is the moving away from home and into student accommodation. Griffith College Halls of Residence is an ideal choice for student accommodation as the facilities are geared towards all that students need when moving away from home, whether it is for the first time or not. Consider the reasons why Griffith College Halls of Residence are ideal for third level students:

  •     Location matters. Only 15 minutes walk from St. Stephen's Green and 8 minutes from the Luas!
  •     The accommodation. Built in two blocks comprising 183 apartments, each combining style and craftsmanship with exceptional levels of comfort and design.
  •     All mod cons. Satellite TV, internet access, secure bike storage and free underground car parking are all included.
  •     Peace of mind for parents. CCTV monitors each apartment, and the on-site Manager ensures there is always an emergency contact available.
  •     Value for money. Cash-strapped students can avail of great value accommodation with rooms per person sharing starting at €89 per week.

Ensure to visit Griffith College online, and take a virtual tour of the accommodation. (http://www.gcd-accomodation.ie)

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