First Year Matters

The First Year Matters (FYM) programme is an all-institute initiative that supports and facilitates the successful 'settling in' of all of our incoming first year students.

Meet your FYM leaders for 2019/20

My name is Roisin and I am 20 years old. Although I was born and raised in Galway, I am halfway through my Visual Communication degree here at IADT. Some of my favourite things to do in Dublin are cycling, finding hills to climb and visiting art exhibitions. I have been my class rep for the past year which has helped my leadership and people skills. I've found IADT to be a great place to be, and as a newbie FYM leader I look forward to helping you learn about it, settle in and enjoy it.

Hi my name is Danny, I'm 23 (but have been known to get ID'd buying sparklers for Halloween). I'm getting ready to head into my second year modelmaking and 3D design. I like video games, skateboarding and anime. I was part of the FYM team last year (and had the best time) and my reason for joining this year is the same as ever! I didn't come to college straight from school so having the FYM team to help settle in was great! So I want to help out, meet you guys and help you get used to IADT! I'm fairly lively and always up for a chat and I've been told I give great motivational speeches should you need one. Starting college isn't always easy, especially when you're not coming from that "educational environment" but there'll be no worries, your first weeks will see you settled in no bother. I've enjoyed my time in Modelmaking so much this year I can hardly get over that I can be doing something so fun in college! I've also learned a lot about time management in the last few years and how to deal with the dreaded stress that can come along with college. So give me a shout if you have any questions or worries, we'll sort them out for you and you'll be settled in on no time! Can't wait to meet you all, see you soon!  

Howdy, I`m Sally and I`m a 3rd year Production design student. I like to draw- I know I`m pretty unique and edgy like that. I like to think of myself as funny and out going.

I`m probably most recognizable by my mug, it`s blue and square and is almost always in my hand due to my minor addiction to tea. One of my greatest achievements is that I`m yet to spill tea on anyone in this college. So let`s hope I maintain that record.

Please feel free to stop me in the hallway or canteen and ask me any questions you have about IADT or college life in general, I`m always up for a chat.

Hi, I'm Pavel, I am going into my second year of Creative Media Technology. I really am enjoying myself in the college and it has really changed my life for the better. As for pass-times, I like to play video games and pool. I run my own YouTube channel where I play games. If you would like to know more just come up and ask me about it! I love making new friends! But seriously, I am an easy person to talk to, so if you need anything or are a bit lost (I was at the start too) just come up and ask, I'll help as much as I can!

Hello! I'm Vicky, 19 and in my 2nd year of Film and Television Production. I am a big fan of movies, musicals, podcasts and baking! I'm so excited to be one of your FYM leaders and I hope to make your transition into IADT simple and breezy. As a DARE applicant, I want to help this change in your life come with ease and ensure that you're comfortable in yourself and your course. Always feel free to approach me and I'm so pumped to work with you all!

Hey! I'm Richie, I'm starting my 2nd year studying New Media Studies. I am from Meath which is not relevant so let's quickly pretend I never said that. IADT is a unique college experience. Usually when people see me they run the other direction but here in this college expect engagement and interactions from both staff and other students. I think it is important to take your first year as an opportunity to find yourself and dive into the deep end by joining as many societies and participating in as many social events as you can. That way you will truly make your first year one of better ones. All my friends say I have the face for radio which obviously means I'm approachable so let's be friends! 

Hey There! My name is Aoife Kelly and I’m an incoming 3rd year Production Design Student -  Design for Stage and Screen. I’m 19 and a chocolate enthusiast. I love going to the theatre and I’m always looking for recommendations for books and new shows! Coming into college I had no idea how quickly IADT would become my home and my course became a second family; that’s largely down to FYM. I felt so welcome and accepted from the get-go and I want to return that favour to all ye newbies. I look forward to meeting so many of you in September, FYM is going to be a blast! 

Hi! My name is Klaudia but most people would know me as Cloudy. I'm going into my third year of DSS (Design for Stage and Screen). I’m a Character Makeup Artist. Art always had and will continue to have a special place in my heart. I enjoy hiking with my dogs, yoga and all things food. (Also, nothing beats a good cuppa tea!) So, if you see me around, I’m probably snacking, dashing by or look like an 80-year-old bald man...

I believe in the power of positivity and a happy attitude while trying to appreciate the small things in life. We should all work together, spreading positivity, love and joy through daily acts of kindness…Give an unexpected compliment, lend an ear or simply pass on a smile :)

My name is Anca Avasilichioaiei, I'm 19 and I'm in the 3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art Course! As of September 2019, I will be in second year. I was born and raised in Dublin! Some of my interests include cats, 80s music and baking. I'm excited to be part of the FYM team this year! 

My name is Abigail Murray and I am going into my 3rd year of Arts Management. My hobbies include music, art and the outdoors. I was very lucky to be a FYM Leader last year which I Absolutely loved and learned so much. I am so happy to be doing it again this year. First year can be a scary time but I want to help you all settle in and feel at home here at IADT. Looking forward to meeting you all.

The programme is run over the first four weeks of the autumn term, and is coordinated by the Students' Union and the FYM team.

Settling in to third level can be a daunting experience. At the centre of this programme are the First Year Student Leaders, a small group of amazing students whose role it is to help all new students find their feet and enjoy student life at IADT.

Welcome to FYM 2019/20

Salutations and Congratulations!  You made it and we are delighted that you are here.  We want to welcome you in a big way – with a month of events and happenings that will ease you into your new life in IADT…because First Year Matters…

Check out the schedule for all of the events over the first four weeks.  These will be up on the glass in the student canteen. The FYM Student Leaders will be in your classes during the week to remind you of all of the events.

FYM is an extended induction programme for you, our first year students. But it’s also a lot more. It’s a way of being, an ethos, a movement that resides at the start of the student experience in IADT. 

At the heart of the initiative are the 10 Student Leaders – they will help you over the first four weeks to settle and find your feet in college. They’ve been where you are now. IADT is a very friendly place and a great place to study. Enjoy yourself and work hard! We can’t wait to meet you!