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Loreto Community School, Milford, Donegal past pupil Martina Gallagher is studying Exercise Sciences at WIT, having started in 2018.
I took part in the peer mentoring programme this year helping new students that came in showing them around the college, giving the important information and being there for them if they had any questions. I loved it so much I'm planning to do senior mentoring in 3rd year. I helped out with WIT's fittest first this year seeing as loved it so much last year after winning it with my group. I was able to get CPR training through WIT also. WIT and exercise science gave me so many opportunities as I was also able to go to America to work in a camp and also was able to volunteer in the local Waterford operation transformation through them.
What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?
My course was brand you but it looked really interesting to me as it had great modules I liked and ones that was new to me to me and I was excited to learn more about. WIT's sport campus, the WIT Arena, was also very new when I was looking at courses which was a bonus as its equipment was new, modern and had things other sports campuses did not have.
What words of advice do you have for new students?
My advice would be to be open to new opportunities that the college provides, get involved as it makes college experience more fun and don't be afraid to ask lectures or peer mentors any questions as they are extremely helpful and will do anything they can to help you.
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
My number one highlight would have to be WIT's ‘fittest first year’ as I was able to meet new people in my year and it was super fun, it also was fun training hard with friends for it pushing each other to work harder. Sports Ball is definitely another highlight as we get to celebrate students’ achievements from health and sport courses, you also meet people from other years and sport courses and it’s a super fun night. Also I loved all my practical class as I learned a lot as I'm a hands on learner and got to exercise and improve my fitness and skills.
What did you like about Waterford as a city to live in/to study in?
Waterford is a great place to live in for college there is so much to do such as go shopping, go to the beach in Tramore or many other activities. Also transport is really handy and cheap you can get into town in a short amount of time, it is also easy to walk into town as the roads are very flat. Student accommodation is great all within walking distance of college. WIT is a great place with great atmosphere for students to go to lectures are incredibly helpful, everyone is so friendly and it has loads of amazing courses. There are loads of opportunities in WIT as well as clubs and societies to join. There is loads of people in student life and learning that are always on hand to help, who also set up the peer2peer mentoring programme which is a huge help to new students.
How did Peer2Peer mentoring add to your college experience?
Peer2Peer mentoring helped me so much as a new student as I travelled the whole way across the country to go to college, it help me meet new people and make new friends when I was nervous and knew no one. My mentor was so helpful and it was great experience that it made me want to help other new students coming in that felt the same as I did coming in. I loved helping the new students this year that I'm going to to it again next year. It's a fantastic programme that is a huge help to new students.