Reflections on Orientation: hare or tortoise?

Picture from Orientation Week of our Academic Writing Webinar

So here we are, 3 weeks deep into the PME for Primary Education with Hibernia College. Mixed emotions still, but definitely more relaxed than I was during Orientation.

We had two weeks of getting used to the online platform, introductory webinars and welcoming emails. I found it helpful, and it’s a great resource to look back on, but was constantly left with this feeling of anticipation. Since accepting my place (and being wholly surprised I got in after a nerve-racking interview), I’ve been in ‘holiday mode’, fully knowing I’ll be working hard for the next 2 years. However, I can only do that so long, I crave the go-go-go momentum and although I put time aside and enjoy a sloth sesh in bed I’m constantly trying to do some form of work. When Orientation started I was ready for a lot of action but was met with a steady flow of ‘meeting XYZ faculty member’, ‘how to reference’, ‘why we shouldn’t plagiarise’. I was slightly unsure how to feel, I’m glad it was a soft, easy transition into the course.

Orientation Day was really enjoyable. I was quite apprehensive about a whole day of zoom calls but it was really interactive – a credit to the faculty. Seeing the staff virtually, and talking to our tutor group virtually was not as daunting as I thought it would be. Everyone was really reassuring and welcoming. I particularly loved the Digital Canteen which I joined during the lunch break talking about Blindboy Podcast and meeting people’s dogs.

Orientation, although I found it slow-paced, was exactly what I needed. I don’t think rushing into something, despite my eagerness to get going would’ve been smart. I’m grateful for it because now I feel ready to continue with the course and build on from it at a steady pace.

Who was that won the race, the hare or the tortoise?

-S Nic Aodha

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