So we’ve successfully reached the end of the IFY induction week. Next week, we will get to meet all the new Graduate Diploma students. This is always a fantastic time of year. For us, it is exciting as we get to meet new people and start to get to know the people we will be working with for the next academic year. And I am sure for you, our students, it is a really exciting time as well. We know how different this experience can be for many of you. For many, it is a new country, a new education system and you are away from home and your friends and family. Of course, you will meet new friends here and you are at the start of a wonderful adventure. But we want you to know that we understand how difficult it can be, especially at the early stages.
That is why questions are so important.
You might feel overwhelmed. You might think you don’t understand something important. It might seem like your classmates understand everything but you don’t. If you feel like this, ask us some questions. Talk to your teacher, your tutor, your course leader. We can help.
You might feel that you’ve understood everything, that the class was easy. You might have questions that weren’t covered in the class. If you feel like this, ask us some questions. Ask for more work.
You might have a question that is not academic – maybe a question about life in Dublin. If you do, please ask us. We love questions and if we don’t know the answer, we can usually find it out.
You might think you know where your class is, but maybe you’re not 100% sure. If you feel like this, ask. It is better to double check than to miss a class because you thought the class was somewhere else.
You might not be getting emails. If it goes more than 2 days without an email, then there might be a problem with your email (we send a lot of emails). Send an email to your course leader, asking if you missed any emails. Then we will see your correct email address and we can make any changes – that way, you won’t miss a thing.
You might have a fantastic idea! Last year, one student had a great idea to do a table quiz between the teachers and students. It was great fun. Another student had a great idea to organise a football match. If you have a good idea, then ask us to help you organise it. I’m on the social media (my picture is above – don’t laugh! 🙂 )- so you can ask me via twitter, facebook – even instagram.
So basically, we like questions. I know sometimes you might be a bit afraid to ask – please don’t. Early questions now are much better than problems down the line. That’s why we like nice, early questions.
So we look forward to hearing your questions (and hopefully finding you the answers).