I can’t believe how quick these past three years have gone and that I will actually be graduating in July! Soon, a new chapter of my life will begin, but I have a few things I need to do before I finish – completing my research project, assignments and exams means a lot of preparation needs to be done!

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UCAS applications can be complicated, and the personal statement can really feel like the cherry on the cake. To help you – and stop you making some of the mistakes I did, I have shared some useful tips on how to pull-off your personal statement – because it is possible to strike a balance between personal and pretentious, while avoiding the downright pointless!

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On a drizzly Cardiff afternoon the middle of winter, we caught up with 4th year Strength and Conditioning student Emily Allen. The 23 year-old is captain of the Cardiff Met Ladies women’s football team, who have an impressive track record of success on behalf of the University in the BUCS Southern Premier, as well as at elite level in the Welsh Women’s Premier League.

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My goals when I started University were; to have fun, make friends and get good grades – so far it’s going great! I am pretty sure that everyone’s goals will be very similar, so I thought I would write something a bit different to the usual ‘student advice’ posts, and instead talk about what not to do when starting University!

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One of the biggest regrets I’ve had whilst being at University, is not becoming a Student Ambassador earlier on. I started working as a Student Ambassador in September of this year, and unfortunately, because I’m in my final year at University this is the only year I will be able to do this role.

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