Now that my time studying Sport & Exercise Science (SES) has come to a hastily end due to the pandemic, I have found myself spending lockdown looking back at my three years at Cardiff Met. If you would have asked me four years ago whether I wanted to go to university I wouldn’t have been able to give you a straight answer. I was confused about whether I was academic enough or if I would miss my friends too much. Fast forward to now and I’ve graduated (COVID-19 style) with a first-class honours degree and will be studying an MSc in Sport Psychology this coming year! I’ve honestly never looked back!
Cardiff Met has given me so many opportunities from placements and invaluable connections to hobbies and interest I never thought I’d have. SES allowed me to tailor the course to my own strengths, so I chose to start specialising in psychology as I had a real passion and interest in the subject. This year I studied sport psychology, exercise psychology and exercise physiology. Which allowed me to continue my passion surrounding the psychology of sport and also develop my knowledge as a sport scientist. And what better environment to be in than Cyncoed Campus, the sporting epicentre of Wales!
I started at university knowing one thing. I wanted to join the hockey team, and what a great decision that was, the girls within the club are one of a kind, making you feel as if you really are part of a family. Studying at Cardiff met and being part of the university hockey club allowed me to make connections with Cardiff & Met Hockey Club. Here I realised my passion for coaching within the junior academy and having that connection with the university meant that my Level 2 coaching qualification, safeguarding and DBS check were subsidised by the university. This allowed me to save money whilst doing something I loved, and I have been appointed head coach for the U9’s for the second year alongside my MSc. I’ve also managed to use my degree and applied it within my coaching which has helped me improve so many aspects of my life, including understanding people, communication and thinking outside of the box, all of which will help me get a job in the future.
My advice for future SES students would be to grasp all opportunities that come your way! Whether it is joining a club or society or taking part in physiology labs and other student’s data collection. And don’t worry I’m sure you’ll love your years at Cardiff Met as much as I have it has been the best three years I could have ever imagined.