Dear First Year Me, a campaign by UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) to help incoming first years settle into university life, has been well received across campus.
UCDSU has been asking returning students to pass on their advice from their time in UCD by writing it out on posters in the Student Centre. Other posters have been placed along the wall outside the O’Brien Centre for Science. Advice on the posters ranged from humorous money saving tips like “Don’t buy the books, torrent them!” to more serious ones, such as “Don’t mess with LibroCop.”
The Union’s five Sabbatical Officers made videos with their own tips, in order to promote the campaign. Cian Byrne, UCDSU Campaigns & Communications Officer, had this piece of advice for first years; “Unfriend your parents on Facebook. Just trust me, unfriend them.”
The hashtag #DearFirstYearMe also proved to be popular on Twitter. The campaign is set to continue in the run up to, and during Freshers’ Week.
Words by Cian Carton, News Editor