Full name: Gwenllian Mair Jones
Originally from: Llanelli
School/College for A Level: Ysgol Gyfun y Strade
University: Cardiff University
University course: Law
Why did you choose to study the degree subject?
Studying Law equips students with a range of skills that are very transferable to a number of other industries and sectors in the world of work; skills such as researching, critical analysis, presenting and writing. Employers also have a great respect towards Law graduates.
Why did you choose to study through the medium of Welsh?
I'm very proud of the language, and as I have received my education through the medium of Welsh up until now, it was a natural step for me to study the degree subject through the medium of Welsh. Being able to access a subject in two language makes learning easier. I would like to continue to live in Wales in the future and the ability to work in Welsh should be beneficial.
What's the best thing about studying a course partly through the medium of Welsh?
Translanguaging facilitates a more in-depth study of the modules. Usually, I strengthen my understanding of elements of the work covered in the English lectures by discussing them in the Welsh seminars and tutorials. By translating from one language to the other, I process the information more thoroughly. Understanding the subject thoroughly in two languages helps with revising too.
Any advice for prospective students who are worried about studying through the medium of Welsh?
There's no need to worry at all! Before I went to university I was worried about coping with my lectures in English before translating the work for Welsh tutorials and seminars. Since starting the course, I have found that translanguaging is an advantage to studying, rather than a barrier, as it ensures that I have a more detailed understanding of the work. The lecturers are always ready to lend a helping hand with new and complicated terms and there are plenty of resources available to help. It's also a great opportunity to improve your Welsh and gain confidence by using it on a daily basis.
Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship and why?
Without a doubt, I would encourage others to apply for a scholarship. I was lucky enough to receive the Main Scholarship, which means that I receive £1,000 a year over my three year course. This is a big help with the costs of learning resources, as well as student living and socialising. More importantly, studying through the medium of Welsh is an invaluable opportunity, as not everyone is as lucky as us to be able to study their degree subject in their first language. Also, bilingual study is a great advantage with regard to employment. So don't hesitate in applying!
Why did you apply to be an ambassador and what are you most looking forward to?
I applied to be an ambassador as I have already benefited greatly from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, so I'm keen to share my experiences with other students. The role offers many opportunities to add to my experiences and skills. The honour of representing the Coleg as an Ambassador will enable me to gain self confidence and improve my communication and presentation skills. I'm really looking forward to the Eisteddfodau and visiting different schools Sixth Form classes in order to emphasise the advantages of studying a degree through the medium of Welsh.
What do you enjoy most about being at university?
What I enjoy most about being at university is the close-knit Welsh community that exists here in Cardiff. The social events organised by the Welsh Society are so much fun. I've also joined Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal. The close-knit community here has allowed me to settle well in the city.
Acting, singing and going to the theatre/cinema
Travelling, music festivals (e.g. Maes B), fashion and Terry's Chocolate Orange!
Least favourite things?
Morning alarm clock, snoring and anything else that disturbs my sleep!
Favourite Welsh language programme / film?
Any other interesting information about you?
I have curly, out of control hair!