Lleu Bleddyn

Cardiff University: Welsh and Journalism

Lleu Bleddyn

Cardiff University: Welsh and Journalism

Full name: Lleu Bleddyn

Originally from: Llanbrynmair

School/College for A Level: Ysgol Bro Hyddgen

University: Cardiff University

Year: 1

University course:  Welsh and Journalism

Why did you choose to study the degree subject?

I would be the first to admit that choosing a degree subject was not an easy decision for me, and therefore I can empathise with anybody who finds the choice extremely difficult. Despite this, after visiting the Welsh department and the Journalism department in Cardiff on open days I knew for sure that this was the combination for me. This degree was a way for me to develop linguistic skills and learn more about the Welsh language, along with learning about the world of journalism - and through this, combining both subjects.

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

As I received all my education through the medium of Welsh it was a natural step for me to go on to study my higher education course in my mother tongue. Not only is Welsh recognised as a valuable skill, but it also opens doors to numerous opportunities.

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

The quality of the Welsh medium provision that is offered for my course is excellent, and the support of lecturers in the school of Journalism and the school of Welsh at Cardiff University is amazing. Sharing lectures with Welsh speakers makes me feel comfortable and prepares me for the future workplace in Wales and beyond.

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

Firstly, I would ask you what exactly do you have to worry about? With the support of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol there has never been a better time for you to take advantage of Welsh medium provision in a variety of courses across Welsh universities. Go for it, it not only facilitates your experience at university but it opens so many doors for you after your time at university.

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

Even though I have only been in Cardiff for one term the Welsh medium provision for my course has been extremely useful. For me, being an ambassador is an opportunity for me to not only give something back to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol but also to promote its value to prospective students over the coming year.

What do you enjoy most about being at university?

Not only is living in the vibrant capital of Wales a big highlight for me, but the opportunity to socialise with fellow Welsh speakers in societies such as the Welsh Society is something that is completely unique. I have had the opportunity to meet other students from all parts of Wales, socialise with them and create a community of good friends.

Leisure interests?

I play scrum half for Llanidloes Rugby Club's first team, and I'm a member of the Cardiff University GymGym rugby team.

Favourite things?

I am very interested in travel, and in the traditions of other countries, and meeting and socialising with people from all over the world.

Least favourite things?

Eggs and mushrooms – so don't offer me an omelette!

Favourite Welsh language programme / film?

C'mon Midffîld!

Any other interesting information about you?

I have jumped off the highest bungee bridge in the world.