July 31, 2018


Coming to university is exciting, nerve-wracking and every emotion in between – but whatever you are experiencing, there is someone else having similar feelings.

This Uni thing is new to you all, but you are not alone. Your first few weeks at Cardiff Met will be spent meeting new people, making friends and getting to know your way around campus and Cardiff. You’ll spend a lot of time in these first few weeks looking for rooms and of course finding out where the place to be seen in Cardiff. How we see our university experience going is unique to each of us, however, my one bit of advice is to make the most of every minute and every opportunity – your time here will go quicker than you can imagine.

Looking back on 2014, When I first came to Cardiff Met to study Educational Studies with Early Childhood Studies I was adamant that I was going to finish my degree, do a PGCE and become a primary school teacher. Since then, my focus in academia and future career aspirations changed – and that’s normal for a lot of people.

University is about discovering both your chosen area of study, and, just as importantly, yourself. You will discover what motivates you to get out of bed every day.

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at Cardiff Met and leave with the skills to help set you up for an exciting future is to get involved with the Students’ Union. There are many ways to get involved – you don’t have to sit in a bar drinking cheap beer (although you can do that!). You can join or even start a society, represent your fellow students, play sport competitively or recreationally, and much more! There are so many things you can do that will not only make the most of your time at uni, but also allow you to be become the ‘best version of you’ when the time comes to graduate.

Don’t know how to spend the all-important fresher’s week? Obviously you are going to spend Wednesday 19th September at Fresher’s Fayre in NIAC ay Cyncoed campus, and the place to be seen on Friday 21st September is METFEST which will be on Llandaff campus! There are lots of details on our Freshers webpages.


The Freshers’ Fayre at NIAC is a must-visit!

The easiest way to stay up to date with what’s going on at your SU is to follow our social accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Get to know where the SU facilities are on both campuses – you’ll soon be familiar with Starbucks, Zen, Centro and the shops, and hopefully you’ll join us at some of the events that we host on both campuses.

I hope to meet as many new faces that have joined the Cardiff Met family this year as humanly possible, so feel free to come and stop me at any point this year. I will be tweeting from @IeaunGardiner about what I am up to as SU President, SU related stuff and just some random goings-on.

Make the most of every opportunity that is offered to you and I’m sure you will have a great time here at Cardiff Met. Your time here will go quicker than you think and you want to leave here with plenty of memories of ‘Remember that …?’ not a ‘I wish I went to…’

Good Luck/ Pob Lwc!

Check out more of our Freshers Guides and get ready for starting at Cardiff Met this September, or check out what last year’s Freshers got up to during their first few days in the video below: