When I finished my A-levels, I had no idea what I wanted to do next in my life, let alone knowing where. While spending a year away from studying, I decided to apply to Cardiff Met and do a Psychology degree.
The reason I chose Cardiff Met was because I was hugely impressed by the sports facilities, and felt the Psychology course offered me much more practical knowledge than other courses from other universities, and the BPS accreditation was also an important factor!
When I started at university, I enjoyed playing hockey and felt that I was alright at it. However, the performance hockey programme at Cardiff Met has given me an enormous boost to develop into a player who is now in the Wales senior international squad, and with an offer to play semi-professionally in the top division in Chile this summer!
I would never have believed that in 3 short years, I would have been able to go from the recreational player I was to where I am now, and I have the performance programme here at Cardiff Met to thank for a large chunk of my progress.
Performance sport takes up a lot of time in your life, from early morning team strength and conditioning, evening pitch sessions throughout the week and club commitments on top. It can be a struggle at times to fit everything in, especially alongside a full-time degree. Throughout my three years at Cardiff Met, one of the most valuable skills I have had to develop is time management. Making sure you’re organized and able to attend lectures and training sessions, whilst also having enough time for your own independent learning, is not a small task. I’ve found that making sure I’ve checked bus timetables the night before and allowing at least 5 minutes waiting time helps me make sure I’m always on time. The Metrider buses are great for taking me to campus, and a student bus pass for a year is definitely value for money.
Being a part of the hockey society at Cardiff Met has been a hugely important part of my life, and has allowed me to develop into the person I am today. From the performance environment that allows athletes to thrive, to the social aspects where I’ve made so many friends for life.
Cardiff Met gives students the opportunity to balance both a student and sporting lifestyle, without having to compromise either. If you’re looking for a balanced and rounded education, where students are allowed to develop their interests and passions alongside furthering their education, then I would suggest Cardiff Met is the university for you.