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I knew I wanted to move away from my home city for university, but it took me a while to figure out where to go. Eventually I chose to move to Wales and study at Cardiff Met Uni – this was great because I was not only able to move to a different city, but also move to a new country!

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Natalie

When I told people that I was planning on going back to university, aged 29, some were overwhelmingly supportive, but some couldn’t understand why I would leave a promising career to go and study again. Here’s why I did it.

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Choosing your university seems like a huge decision… and it is! But it’s not something to be scared of – it’s an opportunity to actively shape your future and set yourself up for some of the most enjoyable years of your life.

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On Pen Y Fan

I was born in Ghana and lived in London until I decided to come to Cardiff Met for uni. I’ve been studying in the Welsh capital for nearly three years now, and I love it! Here’s why…

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Jason at the track

For a lot of people going to university, sport is a big part of their lives. I happen to be one of them – I’m an athlete who specialises in the 100m and 200m. One of my biggest worries coming to university was how I was going to be able to do well academically whilst trying to get better at my sport.

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University is probably one of the first times that you’ll have to cook and shop for yourself on a full time basis. Having to juggle all of your own cooking, cleaning, washing up and food shopping, as well as studying and balancing a social life can be pretty daunting. It’s so easy to forget that some ‘chores’ like cooking, can actually be fun, sociable and inexpensive!

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I looked into how much a slow cooker cost, and found one on Gumtree for just £5. I decided it was worth the investment risk, and have never looked back – it’s essentially the perfect piece of equipment for cooking cheap and easy meals whilst at University.

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I am a 21 year old textile designer and artist, about to begin the second year of my textiles course in the Cardiff School of Art & Design. I made my first textiles piece as a goodbye gift to my Mum and took it to a gallery to be framed. They asked me to make more work for their gallery and ever since then my art career has spiralled.

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The alarm goes off. It’s 8am on a Monday morning and I have a full day ahead of me. I like to do everything at a leisurely pace when I get up in the mornings (I am definitely not a morning person), so I get up slightly earlier than most and potter about making a packed lunch for the day and putting on make up. When I leave my flat at Liberty Court, I walk down the road to university, timing it so I can get a coffee with the other girls on the Textiles course before our lectures begin.

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Private halls are much like the halls provided by Cardiff Metropolitan University on campus, however the ones on campus are mainly offered to first year students. After your first year you have to search for new accommodation such as living in a shared house, or moving in to privately-managed halls (this means halls run by another company, not by the Uni). During second year I was in a shared house with my boyfriend and two friends but after this experience, I can now see the benefits and the ease of staying in halls!

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Every two years there is an International Congress of Environmental Health. Last time it was held, in 2014, it was in Las Vegas, this year it was in Lilongwe, Malawi.

To be able to attend this conference, Cardiff Met Environmental Health students had to send an abstract of our research projects that we submitted as part of our degree.

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Going to Open Days is a very important part of finding out what University is best for you. Obviously you can look through the University prospectus, but for you to really know what to expect and whether you actually like it or not, it’s best to visit!

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I was recently invited to attend the annual Cardiff Met Sports Awards, as a result of my cheerleading and powerlifting. It was such a great night where we got a chance to dress up, have a nice meal and celebrate all the sporting achievements of the year!

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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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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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Typically, there are 2 types of people that take a gap year or ‘a year out’.
Type A: has just arrived home from an amazing ‘gap yah’ (in true Matt Lacey fashion – if you’re not sure what I mean, watch this video). Type A has been busy taking selfies next to the Eiffel Tower, …

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Hello, my name is Amelia and I am a fluent Welsh speaker. I have been speaking Welsh since the age of three and was taught through the medium of Welsh in every subject in school. However, since starting in Uni I am now being taught through the medium of English which has been a big change!

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