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USI offers advice on college choices

The Union of Students is advising students filling out their CAO forms on how to make the right course and college choice.

The change of mind deadline is July 1 for the CAO choices and USI is encouraging second level students and mature students to think carefully before committing to a course. The SUSI online student grant application system for 2016/2017 is open on susi.ie

“Some students choose courses for the wrong reasons, like if their friends are doing that course, or if it’s closest to home.” Kevin Donoghue, USI president said.

“While these things will influence someone’s decision, they should not be the basis or a swaying factor for such an important decision which will have such a huge impact on their future. We would encourage students to follow their interests, strengths and passions, and study something in a field that interests or inspires them.

“We are encouraging students to pursue what they love and are good at. Education is more than just the job at the end of the degree. It’s about broadening horizons, improving critical thinking, bettering the mind and self-development,” he added.

USI is encouraging students to do their research on courses they’re interested in by contacting past students, looking up the college prospectuses, emailing course co-ordinators and going to college open days.

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