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What First Years Should Know - DCU

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    Registered Users Posts: 4 Brovile


    I will be starting college in DCU this September studying business.

    I'm wondering what are some of the best and worst aspects of DCU?

    Also what are some simple but useless tips DCU students should know? From the best place to hang out, get food, nicest restrooms, etc. Just generic things.

    Feel free to post anything else about DCU that you want to!


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  • College doesn't give a **** about your social life.
    It will put on events for you to make friends, so you stay there. But every year first years come up with a weird movie-driven idea of college being a party time, where you are supposed to get wasted constantly.

    Do that all you want. but don't expect university to help you do it. They are an educational institution, they expect you to study do assignments, and go to lectures, and pass exams. That's your responsibility to manage.
    Every year bad things happen to students(in every college) who were reckless. At best, its fined for noise on campus accommodation, or exam repeats. At worst its being carried away in ambulances due to alcohol poisoning(seen that happen) or some seriously creepy predatory sexual behaviour that can ruin the college experience for the victim, and get the perpetrator in serious trouble with the police (I know of that happening too).

    Sorry to be such a downer but its serious stuff to keep in mind.

    Join societies and be active in them. DCU has amazing Socs with great funding. Join the ones that genuinely interest you, or something crazy you want to learn, like caving , or circus skills.




  • Brovile wrote: »
    I will be starting college in DCU this September studying business.

    I'm wondering what are some of the best and worst aspects of DCU?

    Also what are some simple but useless tips DCU students should know? From the best place to hang out, get food, nicest restrooms, etc. Just generic things.

    Feel free to post anything else about DCU that you want to!

    Hi,

    DCU is a great college. Going into my second year and had a ball last year. But yeah, college is serious work and it's all independent learning. Meaning you can't go the lecturers all the time to look at your work, and you have to go to lectures, do the work and the readings and hand in the best assignment you can and hope for the best. You cant hand in drafts of assignments either. The college is really big on plagiarism. Cardinal sin of college. You'll get plenty of lectures on that too.

    I'm not doing business, but I know plenty who are, as there's some modules that will cross over into areas you wouldn't think of and its a very study intensive course. Loads of exams. Aim to pass, and don't put yourself under too much pressure to get 1:1's. Time management is really important for most of the courses as well.

    Nubar is the college bar, and there's a café in the Helix. The Slipper across the road from campus is nice too. The restaurant in the nursing building is lovely, but the main canteen has a lot more choices for cuisines, although it can be a zoo at peak hours. Free tea and coffee in the Interfaith Centre.

    Big tip: if you travel by public transport, get your student travel card early. Registration/orientation for first years happens in all one week, and the queue's for the SU office are crazy, as you get them in there. Collect a form on your first day and have it filled out and collect it any day after you get your college ID. Make sure you're on the queue by 9:00am, or else you're there for the day. Or you can wait a few months till they die down.

    Big tip: don't lose your welcome letter, as on the back you'll get your college email and password and some other essentials, as you need them for things like registering for modules, changing modules, changing course and fees.

    The restrooms in the nursing building and upstairs in the business building are alright. The ones in the Hub and the Library are kinda funky. and not in a good way.

    Loads of choices for clubs and socs. But don't join too many, as you won't have the time and most are €4 to join.

    OK, hope you have a great year and welcome to DCU.




  • Brovile wrote: »
    I will be starting college in DCU this September studying business.

    I'm wondering what are some of the best and worst aspects of DCU?

    Also what are some simple but useless tips DCU students should know? From the best place to hang out, get food, nicest restrooms, etc. Just generic things.

    Feel free to post anything else about DCU that you want to!

    The best coffee is the helix

    The best place to study is on the 3rd floor of the business building or the basement of the library

    If you prefer using mac's and want a very big screen, use the mac labs in the henry grattan building.

    You don't need to go to every lecture

    Go to every tutorial

    Forget seminars

    You don't need to buy books at all. Library & a bit of googleing for the PDF helps (pro tip, near exams when you want books, get them via the Google Play store and you can get a free refund under 2 weeks)

    Learn how to reference properly

    Learn how to format essays, reports etc properly

    Don't buy Word/Powerpoint etc, DCU students get free access to Office 2016 that you can download.

    Take notes in lectures, but don't just write down what the lecturer says, you'll have the powerpoints for that. Write down what they expand on.

    Some lectures have great slides with loads of content, others literally have a white background and 1 word points which makes studying annoying. So for the lecturers that have minimal slides, make sure to take proper notes as when you go back to revise for exams, it'l be a lot easier.

    Don't feel the need to lug your laptop to each lecture. Pen + paper does fine. Plus generally lectures dislike people using laptops.

    Love your mature students and treat them as part of the class, very very handy for asking for notes and often have lots of experience and or connections!

    For projects, pick the same group for every module if you can.

    "Learn" how each of your lectures marks and adapt.

    If you need a student travel card, forget about trying to get it in the first few weeks, the queues are stupid. Just get one in Trinity and show your DCU id.

    I suppose the best tip is don't expect anyone to chase you looking for work or telling you to study. You won't be mothered and no one will care if you never turn up & fail.

    Enjoy college life foremost, aim to do well and keep on top of the workload!




  • What part of DCU campus is The Helix at, what city centre bus takes you nearest?




  • Thank you. very useful.


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