From completing my Masters to taking on work placements and playing in the Touch Rugby World Cup, I’ve had an interesting journey through life at Cardiff Met!
I started researching universities and courses in the January of Year 12 while I was studying A levels in Biology, P.E, Product Design and Psychology at Bishop of Llandaff school in Cardiff.
I was drawn to Physiotherapy or Sport and Exercise Science so I began to research the two courses through the UCAS and university websites. I found out that the latter would give me more career options, so I applied for a Sport and Exercise Science degree at 5 different Universities.
I received 5 offers, then needed to narrow my choice down to 2 choices. To help me choose, I went to 5 Open Days and then Applicant Days at both my firm and insurance choice universities. The staff at Cardiff Met on the day were so welcoming and I really felt the community spirit of the campus. That helped me make my choice.
The calibre of Sport both studied and played at Cardiff Met was also a big part of my decision, and I knew the reputation of the University would impact on future employment prospects. I was also awarded a £3000 bursary for academic excellence to help towards my studying.
I lived at home during my time at Cardiff Met. Some may say that I might have missed out on some of the life of being a student, but I think that as long as you are willing to put yourself out there and get involved, that doesn’t happen.
I started playing with the University Fresher’s Rugby team, and then decided to set up a Cardiff Met Touch Rugby Team. This provided me with a fantastic opportunity to travel to Australia for the Touch Rugby World Cup.
Cardiff is a great place to be a student. Even though I was from the local area, I still got to experience student life in the city – there’s always a student night on in Cardiff!
And of course there is no day in Cardiff like a game day! With such a high quality of international sport on display across the city; the Champions League Final, Six Nations, to name but a few, it makes Cardiff such an exciting city to study Sport.
The lecturers on my course were absolutely brilliant too. They were so approachable, which made the progression from Sixth Form to University really smooth. They were also involved in research in the real world so I knew that what I was learning was the latest information.
I progressed on to a Master’s and found a placement working with the Sports Science team with the Cardiff City Football Clubs First Team providing me with a great experience in elements of strength and conditioning and sports science. It was really interesting to see what I had learned at undergraduate and postgraduate level being applied in professional practice. Now I’ve completed my masters I am considering a year of travel before I pursue a career in Sport.
If I could give one piece of advice to students going to University now, I’d say try as hard as you can but remember to have fun and get as much out of the experience as you can. Say yes to every opportunity as you don’t know where that might lead you!
Find out what our graduates get up to after their courses in our Life After Uni blogs.