Poppy Evans

Aberystwyth University: Law

Poppy Evans

Aberystwyth University: Law

Originally from: Carmarthen

School/College: Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin

University: Aberystwyth

Year: 2

University course: Law

Why choose to study the degree subject: I've always had an interest in humanities subjects like Politics and History, and I hope to pursue a career in politics or law, so I see studying law as a starting point.

Why choose to study in Welsh: I've studied in Welsh since primary school and I recognise that bilingual students have a special skill to put on their CV.

What's the best thing about studying a course in Welsh: When you're studying through the medium of Welsh you need to translate from various texts, which is a great opportunity to improve your translation skills. You also find a number of career advantages since companies are always looking for bilingual individuals.

Any advice for prospective students concerned about studying in Welsh: The Coleg and the Universities themselves provide study materials, especially online, so there's always support to hand. The Welsh language lectures tend to be a bit smaller in number too, so you have an opportunity to get more support from lecturers, which is a great advantage.

Would you encourage others to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg scholarship: Unfortunately I hadn't applied for a Coleg scholarship before starting university, and I still regret this. I know students who did receive it and can see how good it's been for their time at university. I would encourage everyone not to take your language skills for granted and to take advantage of this special opportunity to get additional support from the Coleg.

Why apply to be an ambassador: As someone who didn't appreciate the Coleg before starting my University journey, I'm taking this opportunity to stop others from making the same mistake. Since starting University and seeing the advantages of studying through the Coleg I would like to ensure that everyone receives the information so they can make the right decision. It's easy, it gives you so many advantages, and simply gives you a chance to improve a skill you already have.

What do you enjoy most about being in university in Wales: To be completely honest I enjoy having the opportunity to practise the language every day. I enjoy living in a Welsh language community and the benefits I've gained from that. I enjoy being close to home and taking my clothes home every weekend. Having said that it's a personal choice and I wouldn't encourage a student to study close to home just so your parents can wash your clothes!

Hobbies: I love watching TV and chilling. Because I study Law I need to keep up with current affairs and read the papers and so on, but fortunately I'm a boring person so I enjoy things like that! I also like doing extra-curricular courses so I've just finished a course in public speaking, and at the moment I'm studying towards a language skills certificate.

Likes: Food of course, I love cheese. Going out with friends for a few drinks, rugby and staying in bed!

Dislikes: Revising! Writing about myself like I'm doing now, and I can't deal with spiders.

Favourite Welsh language programme/film: Y Gwyll of course!

Any other interesting facts about you: I sit on the Coleg's academic board as a student representative and I'm also a NUS representative at Aberystwyth Students' Union. I'm an Ambassador for Aberystwyth University and in the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University.