Full name: Carys Mair Jones
Originally from: Pentrebach, Lampeter
School/College for A Level: Ysgol Bro Pedr
University course: Geography
Why did you choose to study the degree subject?
I love travelling the world and meeting new people from new backgrounds, so what better course than Geography to enable me to travel the world whilst studying?! My trip to Patagonia in October 2014 affirmed how passionate I was about this field, and when I saw that Aber was offering the course in Welsh, I didn't think twice about the decision!
Why did you choose to study through the medium of Welsh?
Welsh is my mother tongue, and it's an important part of everyday life for me, therefore, being able to study my degree subject through the medium of Welsh was a must. Welsh was the language that I used in school every day, so I was confident continuing my education in Welsh.
What's the best thing about studying a course partly through the medium of Welsh?
No translating! I'm awful at translating, and that would take a lot more time. But also, there are far fewer numbers in Welsh lectures compared to the English lectures which have roughly 100 students. This means that you get to know your lecturers and if any problems arise, either with the work or with the language, they are always available to help you!
Any advice for prospective students who are worried about studying through the medium of Welsh?
You have nothing to worry about! There's a wide range of facilities and support available from the Coleg Cymraeg to support you along the way. Studying through the medium of Welsh will build your confidence in terms of using the language and will add new skills to your CV.
Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship and why?
Definitely! Why not? What have you got to lose? Getting funding to study in your first language ... go for it, definitely! The funding from the Coleg has been a big help to buy materials (and a few drinks), but that's not all. The Coleg provides so much support for first language and second language students to be able to study in Welsh. When you receive a scholarship, you'll have the opportunity to apply for the language skills certificate that will show your language skills when you apply for jobs after your short time at university comes to an end! (Time flies at University, so make the most of every opportunity that comes your way!)
Why did you apply to be an ambassador and what are you most looking forward to?
I applied to be an ambassador to show my appreciation to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Without this organisation, I would not have been able to study my course through the medium of Welsh, and the funding is a big help in terms of paying for learning materials.
I'm looking forward to being an ambassador in order to promote the work of the Coleg, to encourage others to apply for the scholarships and to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way! One thing I learnt when I was young was 'Never say no to anything, in the end, you'll be glad you did it.'
I also hope that prospective and current students will become more aware of the work of the Coleg, and make the most of the opportunities, as we have done! I trust that the Coleg will continue to develop every year, as it is a key part of higher education in Wales.
What do you enjoy most about being at university?
The sense of community is very strong here in Aberystwyth, and nothing is too much trouble for the Welsh medium lecturers (who are more like friends than lecturers!). There is more competition for jobs every year, so I feel that studying through the medium of Welsh gives me something extra.
Young Farmers Club, swimming and socialising!
Travelling, my bed and food of course!
Least favourite things?
Birds, the dark and cows!
Favourite Welsh language programme / film?
wwww, definitely Y Gwyll. Who would have thought that Aber and Ceredigion could be so scary!
Any other interesting information about you?
I can be a very clumsy person at times! My name and the word 'disaster' are used in the same sentence on a daily basis!