The Irish Welsh – Part 1 0

John is a 2nd year student from Ireland currently studying Psychology & Counselling joint honours. Here is his account of Uni life so far

In September of last year I moved over to Swansea from Dublin as part of a direct entry programme, going straight into second year of the Counselling Studies and Psychology here at UWTSD. Although my writing skills may not be the best, I’ll do my best in sharing my experience so far with you all.

I had left Ireland by Ferry with my friend Chuck, who’s also on my course; it was our first time on a boat, we were excited! On arrival to the university, there were plenty of students who were currently studying at UWTSD there, welcoming us new arrivals and helping us move our bags to our new rooms on campus.

It took me a while to get comfortable in my room, however over time, I found myself calling it “home”. One of my favourite things about living in halls is the fact you can step outside your door and see your friends. This was something I was looking forward to, and it did not disappoint. Although there have been some ups and downs during my time over here so far, never has it been boring. During my time here I have gained plenty of valuable life experience and independence, which I really cannot put a price on.

The lecturers here at UWTSD are fantastic. I have had a lecturer asking me after seminars how I was doing, and how I was finding things over here so far. I had a genuine sense that she really cared about my well-being and was genuinely looking out for me; to her, I wasn’t merely just another name on a roll sheet. The support we have been given as direct entry students as well has been exceptional, the university has devised extra classes for us, so that we can catch up on all the things we had missed out on by not doing the first year of our course with them.

Also, all we had to do was send one email and we would have an appointment booked with a lecturer to chat about an assignment or anything of the sort. This is another reason I didn’t feel that I was just simply another name on a roll sheet. And although the workload is intense, the sense of personal achievement completing an exam or assignment you really worked for makes up for it – no doubt.

In my opinion, the best advice I could pass on to any aspiring student would be to work on their time management skills and to also be open to new experiences that may come their way while studying here at UWTSD; as long as you don’t sacrifice your work or your play, I would imagine you’ll be just fine.