Elen Davies

Cardiff University: Welsh and Journalism

Elen Davies

Cardiff University: Welsh and Journalism

Originally from: Pencader

School/College: Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi

University: Cardiff

Year: 1

University course: Welsh and Journalism

Why choose to study the degree subject: I love literature, creative writing and meeting new people, and when I saw that a Journalism and Welsh course was available I decided this was an ideal course for me as it includes all those things.

Why choose to study in Welsh: I live my life every day in Welsh, so what could be better than studying through the medium of Welsh at university? I have also heard there is a demand for Welsh-speaking journalists, and considering how competitive jobs are these days, I think the fact I have these skills in Welsh will benefit me.

What's the best thing about studying the course in Welsh: The best thing about it is being able to submit work in my natural language, without worrying too much about having to translate all the time. Being in a class full of Welsh speakers is also nice, and the fact that my Welsh language skills have improved during this time is another bonus considering the job market in Wales.

Any advice for prospective students concerned about studying in Welsh: Go for it! There's plenty of support, and you'll have a skill that many other students won't have. You'll also get more and more confident using the Welsh language, and will meet people who share your passion for the language!

Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship: I would definitely encourage others to apply for the scholarship. The funding is so useful, especially for buying books and learning materials, and they'll also help you to enjoy your social life at university. The application form only takes a few minutes to complete, but those few minutes can make a big difference to your university life. The funding is so useful in every way, and all you have to do is study in Welsh. Being paid to study in Welsh, how great is that?

Why apply to be an ambassador: I applied to be an ambassador in order to give something back to the Coleg Cymraeg. Without the Coleg I wouldn't be able to do my course in Welsh, and I wouldn't have received the scholarship that has helped me so much. I want to show my appreciation by encouraging others to apply and appreciate the Coleg's work. As an ambassador I'm looking forward to meeting new people across Wales and giving them information about the Coleg's work. I'm also looking forward to sharing my ideas about the Welsh language, and seeing the Coleg Cymraeg developing. And last but not least, getting the Coleg Cymraeg hoodie, which is fab!

What do you enjoy most about being in university in Wales: The close Welsh language community we have here. The Gym Gym [Welsh language student society] meets every week with a host of interesting events in Welsh, including the Welsh language choir, Côr y Waun Ddyfal. We're all like one big family, and that feeling of belonging to a close Welsh language community is great!

Hobbies: Going to young farmers' club! Although nobody else in Cardiff shares my enthusiasm, sadly!

Likes: Acting, singing, playing the piano and creative writing.

Dislikes: Lamb, ravioli, birds and washing the dishes!

Favourite Welsh language programme/film: Ooooh this is a tough one! Although I'm Pobol y Cwm's number 1 fan, I have to say Gwaith Cartref is amazing! But… where on earth is Louise?!

Any other interesting facts about you: If you're familiar with Miranda Hart, imagine a Welsh-speaking version of her, that's me! Enthusiastic, awkward and silly!