Cadi Mair Williams

Bangor University: Welsh History and Music

Cadi Mair Williams

Bangor University: Welsh History and Music

Full name: Cadi Mair Williams

Originally from: Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire

School/College for A Level: Maes y Gwendraeth

University: Bangor

Year: 1

University course: Welsh History and Music

Why did you choose to study the degree subject?

I chose to study these subjects as I'm very interested in both fields and I'm lucky that the two combined well as a degree course. Music has been an integral part of my life since I was very young, especially as I was brought up as an Eisteddfod-goer played a large part, and consequently, I can't imagine not studying it.  In terms of Welsh History, I enjoy learning about my homeland and my roots, so this course was very appealing to me.

Why did you choose to study through the medium of Welsh?

I'm Welsh through and through, so it was a natural step to continue studying higher education through the medium of Welsh. The future of the Welsh language is important to me and to Wales.

What's the best thing about studying a course partly through the medium of Welsh?

The classes are often small, so I feel that the lecturers have a more pastoral approach towards us as students. Also, the fact that I am studying one or two bilingual modules prepares me for the world of work after completing my degree.

Any advice for prospective students who are worried about studying through the medium of Welsh?

There is plenty of support available from Universities to study through the medium of Welsh, and as there are fewer students in the lectures, it's an opportunity to get to know the students and the lecturers better and form a close relationship.

Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship and why?

Definitely, as I have received the Coleg Cymraeg's Main Scholarship, I would encourage all eligible students to apply. There's money available to study through the medium of Welsh and every little helps.

Why did you apply to be an ambassador and what are you most looking forward to?

I applied to be an ambassador after speaking with previous ambassadors about their work and experiences. It's an opportunity to promote the Welsh language and to gain experience of working with students from other Universities, working with the Coleg Cymraeg at the National Eisteddfod and sharing my experiences of studying through the medium of Welsh.

What do you enjoy most about being at university?

What I enjoy most about University is being part of the Welsh Society (UMCB). It's a great way to make friends and join in exciting events, such as a rugby trip to Edinburgh, the Inter-College Eisteddfod and sing with the JMJ Choir.

Leisure interests?

Playing the piano and the violin, acting, singing in choirs, socialising.

Favourite things?

Maes B, Christmas, Pj's, anything sweet (particularly chocolate!)

Least favourite things?

Spiders, washing dishes.

Favourite Welsh language programme / film?

Parch or Y Gwyll.

Any other interesting information about you?

I've taken part in a number of shows with the school and performing schools, for example Chwarae Chwaer, Nia Ben Aur and Hairspray.