Conás atá sibh? I just want to take this opportunity to firstly congratulate you all on making it this far and secondly to welcome you to the most memorable, exciting and what can be the most enjoyable four years of your life. For those of you who have read the first page, ye will know my name is Ciara Jo and I am your Student Life president. My role as president is to be your voice… the voice of students on both a national and international level. I am here to help and support you in whatever way I can.
Knowing what I know now, I would only love to be starting all over again. Four years ago I was exactly like you, I packed my bags left my small village of Kilchreest in Co Galway and moved down to Limerick city to study PE agus Gaeilge. I didn’t know where to go, who to talk to or what to think… but I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that I have had the most incredible, challenging and wonderful four years of my life here in UL. I put that down to both the amazing people, friendships and the amazing support on offer for students. It has been a roller coaster with so many highs and I hope you will be lucky enough to have the same experience.
My first piece of advice is quite simple, Be yourself!!! I know it sounds cliché but why would you want to be anyone else? You are starting a fresh chapter with a clean slate here in UL, be who you want to be, be who you are!!! Here in UL we have a fantastic diverse population of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Get out and explore, make friends, say hello to that person sitting next to you. Don’t be shy – chances are they are just as nervous as you are. The friends you make in UL will be the friends you keep for life.
My second piece of advice to you is to get out and make the most of our amazing campus and the world-class facilities that are on offer to you. Join a club or society! Head to the stables for a pint! Walk along the beautiful river Shannon and see the winding paths around campus! Grab your hurl and head for a puc or a kick about at one of our many pitches or even call into a neighbour for a cuppa and a chat.
Thirdly and most importantly, NEVER be afraid to ask for help. These next four years won’t always be easy and there will be some tough days that may try and outweigh the great ones. Myself, Lorcan, Matthew and everyone here in Student Life are here to help. Our primary role is to support you and that is what we aim to do. There is no problem, query or question too big or too small so please don’t hesitate to pop into my office.
I thoroughly look forward to meeting you,