After high school, I was keen on joining a university and exploring in depth the field of management. I was seeking to study abroad and the UK was a dream come true. Post my research of universities, Cardiff Met stood as my top priority because of its ranking among the top new universities in Wales and for its first rank in overall international student support for five years in a row. This was very reassuring and indeed when I reached Cardiff, the International Office was very supportive from the beginning and they made me feel very comfortable even in a new country.
Being an international student, living away from family for the first time, I was anxious in the beginning but I looked forward to the university life. There were lots of questions that initially arose regarding my academics, experiences, accommodation, culture etc. But all of these issues were addressed really well through the induction, organised for international students, by the university. We were given a tour of the entire city and a chance to interact with fellow international students too, which was a very nice experience. Everyone was warm and friendly.
In my first year, I lived in Cyncoed Halls of Residence and that is where my journey began. The campus was huge and the accommodations were lush. There were many sports facilities available to us. The canteen K2 catered with really good food options and all the necessities were available from the SU shop on campus. The wardens welcomed me very warmly and my flatmates were very friendly. There was a family feeling when all the flatmates had breakfast and supper together and talked about the day and discussed everything. Everyone is respectful and you get a chance to discover yourself better at university. It made me feel at home away from home.
At the WOW event (Freshers welcome week) for the first time I saw 3000 fresh undergraduate students who were all keen on life as a university student. I met a lot of people and got a chance to socialise with them.
I was a student on Llandaff campus. The bus routes were very well connected across the campuses and the city centre, which made it easy for me to commute. The academic content of my course was very well structured, practical and challenging. The modules were designed in a progressive manner, step by step, spread across the three years. It was very interesting and an integrated method of learning. The grading system was very practical. It was based on assignments and exams which tested our knowledge from the very basic level. The course prepared me well for the future.
The teaching staff were very helpful and understanding. They made the modules interesting and interactive. They were thorough with the knowledge in their respective fields and very attentive. They helped us deal with our strengths and weaknesses accordingly and assisted us with assignments, internships, projects, seminar activities and lots more. The university is technologically advanced and provides all modern amenities.
I’d recommend studying at Cardiff Met and living in Cardiff to any future student who wants to make the best of their time at University.