How does Student Connect work?

As NUI Galway continues to grow in size, your time with us should be full of opportunity, learning, fun and friends.   But the first few weeks here with us in NUI Galway can initially be daunting for those who come from small secondary schools, rural areas, or those who are first in their family to go to University. In fact, although it’s fun and exciting, coming to college poses challenges to all new students.

This is why NUI Galway was the first in Ireland to set up a peer mentoring programme - STUDENT CONNECT.   The transition from school to college life can be made easier and more fun with the help of the peer mentoring team of students, who are always at hand whenever you need them.  They arrange for you to meet a new group on the first day you are here, we encourage you to chat and swap numbers with this potential new group of friends.

What can a Student Connect Mentor help me with?

  • Advice on how to find lecture theatres, tutorial/seminar rooms/labs, Library
  • dvice on how to take out a book?
  • Explain some of the "jargon" used in University to you
  • Advice on how to sign up to Societies and Clubs in an effort to meet new people and experience new things
  • Advice on on campus support services

Your Student Connect Mentor is there to help you with any of these questions. No issue is too small. Remember, they know what it’s like to come to college so you can be assured that they will be able to help you.

Who are your Peer Mentors?

Peer Mentors are students who have already completed their first or second year of study in a similar area and understand what it is like to be a new student with us in NUI Galway.

Constant contact with your assigned mentor will occur through weekly WhatsApp message to inform you of future events.  They will always be on hand to ensure you are having the best student experience you can.

Benefits of having a mentor

  • First hand knowledge of university life from a current student who knows exactly the concerns of incoming First Years
  • An experienced confidante with whom you can rely on and go to without any hesitation
  • Mentoring is aimed to foster and encourage friendship within your mentor group and aid in the stress-free integration into university life

To keep up to date with 1st year student connect social events like our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/NUIGStudentConnect/

TIPS TO A GOOD START

1       Read the Student Guide and familiarise yourself with the campus – see the map on page 43 of the Guide at: http://tinyurl.com/map-nuig  

2        To keep up-to date with all 1styear news and events follow us on:   

To keep up to date with 1st year student connect social events like our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/NUIGStudentConnect/

TIPS TO A GOOD START

1        Download your orientation guide from http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/new-entrants/orientation-week/ to your phone. Ensure you know where you need to be on the first day!

2        Read the Student Guide and familiarise yourself with the campus – see the map on page 43 of the Guide at: http://tinyurl.com/map-nuig 

3.      Make friends & get involved – societies, sports, etc. Ask your Peer Mentor to accompany you if you don't want to go alone

4.      Attend all lectures/tutorials/labs but don't simply stop going altogether if you miss some classes

5.      Budget appropriately and realistically. Take into account that you will have some larger initial expenditure items

6.      Learn to balance college work & social life. This can take some time but you must prioritise your studies

7.      To keep up-to date with all 1st year news and events follow us on:

Twitter: @StuConNUIG #StudentConnectNUIG.
Facebook: @NUIGStudentConnect.
Instagram: @studentconnectnuig.
Snapchat: StuConNUIG

8.        NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK!!

What previous First Years had to say:

"The Student Connect Mentoring Programme gave me the opportunity to meet new people and were a friendly face if I had any problems or questions"

"My mentor provided me with much useful information which was reassuring in my transition into NUIG"

"My mentor was a vital helping hand to me in my first few weeks of First Year and it would most definitely encourage me to join the Student Connect Mentoring Programme to help the next batch of First Years!"