Originally from: Tonypandy, Rhondda
School/College: Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda
University: University of South Wales
University course: Business Management
Why choose to study the degree subject: I have been working part-time for a number of years, and I was keen to learn how to create a successful business and how to motivate individuals in the workplace.
Why choose to study in Welsh: Having had all my education in Welsh, it was important for me that I continued to use my language after school. When I heard there was the option of doing some Business Management modules in Welsh I didn't hesitate for a second!
What's the best thing about studying the course in Welsh: There are so many benefits of studying through the medium of Welsh! The people you meet, the opportunities and the lectures to mention just some. The Welsh language lectures are smaller in size, which I prefer to lectures with 30 or more people. The lecturers are lovely and supportive. Before I started at University I didn't know about all the opportunities that could come from studying a degree in Welsh. Trips, scholarships and the opportunity to be an ambassador. Also, if you're not completely confident using the Welsh language, you don't need to worry. You have the option of submitting your assignments bilingually, and if, like me, you're not confident with your grammar, the lecturers are kind and very supportive.
Any advice for prospective students concerned about studying in Welsh: Don't worry! There is so much support for students studying through the medium of Welsh. I had some concerns about studying in Welsh too, but when I started the lectures I knew I'd made the right decision. The lecturers are very supportive with any students who lack confidence with the language, and they're more than happy to speak 'Wenglish'. You can submit your work bilingually, which helps some students feel happier about studying modules in Welsh. It also looks great on your CV and makes you more employable not only in Wales but across the world.
Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship: Of course! I won the incentive scholarship. When you're a student, money is very tight, so any financial incentive is a bonus!
Why apply to be an ambassador: I remember when an ambassador came to interview us in the sixth form, and how she motivated a number of students in my year to study through the medium of Welsh. I knew then that I wanted to motivate the young people of Wales to use the language.
What do you enjoy most about being in university in Wales: I enjoy studying at a Welsh university because of the opportunities available, not just through the language but also the opportunities through the university, such as meeting employers and the volunteering opportunities. So many different people come to the university from different countries, you don't miss out at all by not going to a different country. I also stayed close to home because I wanted to keep my part-time job.
Hobbies: I enjoy keeping fit by going to the gym and swimming. I also enjoy socialising with my friends.
Likes: Going on holidays and relaxing.
Dislikes: Sports on TV, apart from rugby of course.