7 Realisations of Orientation Week

1. Realising this is it, it’s finally happening, you’re a UL student

It’s okay to be excited, college isn’t like secondary school, you don’t have to pretend to be uninterested to be cool.

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2. Realising how big UL is

It should be an exciting time but it’s okay to feel overwhelmed too. UL campus is stunning in many ways but it can be daunting, the sheer size of it, in the first few weeks.untitled

Thankfully you have a tour guide to show you around in orientation week and next week there will be guides in orange T-shirts all over campus all week to help you find you way to your classes and where ever you need to get to.

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3. Realising how small Ireland is

UL might be a big campus but Ireland is a small country, so even if you are from north Donegal pretty soon you will probably bump into someone who knows you, knows your immediate family, your neighbours or your cousins… or IS your cousin.

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You might even end up bumping into someone you didn’t want to see, like your ex, or that person that didn’t reply to you on Tinder. You won’t think UL is too big then.

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4. The realisation you forgot to pack something (or everything).

It might be something insignificant like toilet roll, shampoo or food.. or something vital like your favorite pair or shoes.

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You live and learn, there is a shop on campus for essentials and lots to choose from off campus too. Orientation week is a short stay for a lot of students so you can make sure you don’t forget to pack from carefully coming to UL for week 1.

 

5. The realisation of how friendly everyone is

Some people come to UL knowing lots of people, some only knowing a few and lots of people don’t know anyone at all. But by the end of your tour with your orientation guide you should have already made a few friends. If they haven’t invited you for tea, then take the lead and invite them over and get the kettle on.

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6. The realisation that there is lots of support for you in UL

Starting with us in the First Seven Weeks programme. Orientation week is a lot to take in so feel free to call in to us in the HUB in the students Union Courtyard 08.30 to 17.30, Monday to Friday with any questions you have or get us on Twitter or Facebook. 

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7. The realisation that you need to sleep.

By the time Orientation week is over you will have definitely realised that you need to recharge the batteries before coming back for week 1 (FRESHERS WEEK).

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