The HEAR orientation day was my first experience of third level education and I must say it was an overwhelmingly positive one. During the orientation, we were given valuable skills for college life, from study skills to budgeting advice. It also provided me with the invaluable opportunity to meet with other first year students from a wide range of courses and backgrounds. To this day I am very close friends with many of the girls I met through HEAR. As a HEAR student, I also received all the equipment necessary for my course, which took a huge financial pressure away from my first year term in college.