I adore university, and I'm so sad to be leaving. I think Cardiff was brilliant; I've learned a lot and am proud to say that I went to university here. Everything about Cardiff is lovely. The fact it's a city university is great, because you get to see more of the city, compared to being stuck on a campus. Plus, Welsh people are lovely!
Relatively well. My course is quite simple - nearly every module was 50% exam (in which you'd normally write 2 essays in 1h 30m) and 50% coursework (a 1600 word essay).
Some modules were 100% coursework, or involved an oral presentation. These are more like the real world - I don't think exams prepare you well enough.
Course and Lecturers
My lectures are really knowledgeable and a lot were very friendly.
My course was so varied - some modules for example focused on grammar, some on sociolinguistics and some on communication disorders. They covered a really wide spectrum and I learned so much.
I think our SU is fine. The club (Y Plas) is really popular, and the building itself is set out really well. It's modern and clean.
I was involved in volunteering because I wasn't that sporty and I really enjoyed my time helping out.
I think that officers often promise to do things in their elections that they don't carry out - the only major change I saw that was promised was a library staying open 24/7. Other than that, I don't see many promised changes happening.
There is loads of accommodation in Cathays, which is the student bit of Cardiff. Houses are quite basic, but it really depends on your landlord and letting agency. There are always rooms/houses spare!
I'd say they're good, but it obviously depends on your school. I was in the school of English, Communication and Philosophy and our building was really old. It was fine, just dated.
Other schools like Engineering and Optometry had much fancier buildings. They probably get more funding though so that's why.
There are lots of libraries and places to use a computer. There's always wifi and it's really reliable. The SU is good for food and nights out.
Cardiff is amazing. There's always so much going on. It's very clean, and quite small but you have everything - a stadium, an arena, huge shopping centres - and you can walk to it all. I don't ever want to leave now!
Clubs and Societies
I was involved in a few societies. I joined rowing in my second year, but I wasn't dedicated enough for the early mornings!
I did volunteering throughout my three years at university and would really recommend it. I worked with children and it was so rewarding - best of all, it looks fab on a CV and I had an opportunity to lead a club too.
Having said what you have said would you recommend your uni?