Chathu Jayalth: “It Makes Me Feel at Home” | Discover Your Story

In conversation with Chathu Jayalath, an international student from Sri Lanka. Chathu is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting (Course Code: AL852).

Q1: What do you love most about AIT?

I love the friendly and calm atmosphere – it makes me feel at home. Lecturers are extremely helpful and will go above and beyond to support your learning. We also have access to incredible facilities, such as the academic library.

Q2: What’s one positive experience you’ve had to date with your course?

I was very nervous about choosing accounting, as I was concerned that I wasn’t good enough at maths. I decided to talk through my fears with my lecturers, and I’m so grateful I did because they understood and did everything they could to encourage and support me. That led me to get the highest marks overall in first-year exams and earned me a spot on the Dean’s Honours List for 2019/20.

Q3: If you could go back and give your Leaving Certificate self some advice, what would you tell them?

I would tell them to study daily for 1-2 hours and not to wait until the last minute to do assignments or study for final exams. I’d also recommend using past papers to revise where possible. As per the advice of one of my first-year lecturers, I’d also say DO NOT skip classes or depend on friends and think you can just cover it later. If you keep on top of your studies, you’ll feel less stressed and will achieve more than just a pass.

Q4: What’s one thing you love about being an AIT student ambassador?

Helping out at events like AIT’s open days and meeting students who are thinking about applying to AIT. I also really enjoy giving campus tours. As a current student, parents often ask my recommendations and advice for incoming students. I enjoy helping them by sharing my experience and explaining how my lecturers have guided me. I’m so happy to help them and love representing AIT as a student ambassador.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a contemporary third level institute distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research. The institute was awarded The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019. For information relating to the institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, visit www.ait.ie. #ChooseAIT #DiscoverYourStory

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