Transitioning to College from Secondary School

Beginning college is an exciting time, involving lots of new and enjoyable experiences as well as some challenges. Whether you are transitioning from secondary school or entering university through another pathway, it’s very common to feel overwhelmed.

Your transition into university will almost certainly involve adventures and challenges that you have not experienced before, and it may take some time to adjust to new activities such as managing your university course timetable, living away from home for the first time, and getting used to the unfamiliar university campus.

This is a whole new experience, and it can be really useful to start thinking about it while you are still in school, so you can begin to prepare yourself for this change. Student Life (link to this page is an excellent resource that can be used in your own time to explore different aspects of university life. You’ll find lots of general information and advice about going to university, as well as Trinity-specific content, to introduce you to third level study. You also have the opportunity to engage in Live Chat with student ambassadors from every academic area who can advise you on college life and supports available at Trinity.

Making the Transition to College: What Do I Need to Think About?

Many students find it useful to spend some time thinking about what they need to do before making the move to university, from selecting the right course to study, to researching information about application and access routes. The AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access & Disability) Disability Access Map (link to is an interactive online desktop tool that will enable you to track your path to third level education step by step. It will also give you lots of great information and advice.