Full name: Dione Leigh Rose
Originally from: Rhondda Valley
School/College for A Level: Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda
University: Cardiff Metropolitan University
University course: Sport and Physical Education Studies (bilingual)
Why did you chose to study the degree subject?
My goal is to be a physical education teacher of the highest calibre, so this course is perfect for me.
Why did you choose to study through the medium of Welsh?
I had previously received my education through the medium of Welsh so I didn't see a valid reason for stopping now. In the future, I would like to teach through the medium of Welsh, so it puts me in a good position to do that. Lastly, my family don't speak Welsh at home and I didn't want my ability to speak Welsh to suffer because I wasn't using the language as often from day to day.
What's the best thing about studying a course partly through the medium of Welsh?
That there's not much difference between university and secondary school. Even though the lessons are different (there are lectures and seminars now instead of normal school lessons), the numbers in the classes are very small, so you don't need to be so shy when asking and answering questions. Another advantage is because of the small numbers in the classes, lecturers tend to get to know us as individuals. This doesn't happen among the English-medium lecturers and students.
Any advice for prospective students who are worried about studying through the medium of Welsh?
Don't worry! Studying through the medium of Welsh at university is going to be very beneficial when it comes to looking for a job in Wales in the future. It also gives you the opportunity to get a scholarship like I did.
Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship and why?
Definitely! I was lucky enough to receive the main scholarship, £1,000 a year for 3 years, and it's a great help with budgeting. This will also make a great impression on employers in the future.
Why did you apply to be an ambassador and what are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with other young people who could benefit from studying through the medium of Welsh, like me. I have also heard that the Eisteddfod is a lot of fun, so I'm really looking forward to going for the first time!
What do you enjoy most about being at university?
The best thing is the opportunity to study through the medium of Welsh! I have also decided to live at home in the first year, as I live close enough, and don't need to spend as much money on accommodation. No, that's just a cover up, the truth is that I'm too comfortable at home and not ready to leave the nest just yet!
Playing netball, coaching sports clubs and socialising with friends and family (preferably over a nice meal) ha!
Going on holidays abroad and having a healthy bank account!
Least favourite things?
Seafood .. urgh!!
Favourite Welsh language programme/film?
Any other interesting information about you?
I succeeded in reaching the final round of 'Miss Wales 2016', and I have also competed for Wales in America as part of the national cheerleading team.