Friday, June 26, 2020

WIT Registrar Dr Derek O’Byrne.

CAO applicants have been urged to think beyond First Year when making their CAO preferences by WIT Registrar Dr Derek O’Byrne.

Ahead of the July 1 deadline (5:15pm), Dr O’Byrne said the challenge facing freshers have been magnified by the “uncertainty of how work, life and study will be organised next September as the country unwinds from the coronavirus lockdown”.

“Your college experience will not be just your first semester but will be throughout the four years of your college life and it is critical to ensure the sustainability of choices you make over the full duration of your course,” he said.

“That includes commitments to accommodation, your support networks and the mix of academic and social activities that fits your interests and will shape you as a person for your future career.”

Dr O’Byrne said WIT is keen to ensure that new students “get to experience all aspects of college life from getting to know classmates to experiencing the campus environment. This autumn WIT will offer a mix of online lectures and on campus classes for students (within Government guidelines).”

Prospective students can avoid disappointment once CAO offers are made by acting before July 1 in logging on to the CAO and checking through their choices.

Said Dr O’Byrne: “The most important step a CAO applicant can take is to make sure that the courses they add to their CAO list are ones they would genuinely like to study, pandemic aside. Given the economic impact of the pandemic, a key advantage for prospective students living in the South East is having the choice to commute, to avail of student accommodation, or to do a mix of both. Many students may decide accommodation within walking or cycling distance of campus is preferable to commuting in enclosed spaces, and convenient for a timetable that will feature a mix of online lectures and on-campus activity.”

For further information, visit www.wit.ie/cao 

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