Student Stories

Students and alumni share details of their life experiences and encounters with Student Support.

Speaking out about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on 2 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Psychology student and Wellbeing Champion, Nichola, discusses her experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how one honest conversation can make a world of difference. After suffering silently with PTSD at University, one honest conversation spurred a positive path towards acceptance and coping strategies. From once struggling to even express my feelings to friends,
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Advice for my fellow PhD students

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Carolyn, Postgraduate Peer Supporter, shares some key advice for postgraduate students and tells us more about the Postgraduate Peer Support group. An old piece of advice and a lifesaving strategy for me and my work has been to “kill your darlings.” In other words, get rid of my most precious and especially self-indulgent passages for
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Congratulations to our Student Mentors!

Posted on 26 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Academic Study Skills Manager, Ann, tells us all about the celebration of our Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants and how you can get involved with the scheme before 8 May 2018. CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s cohort of Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants! On Thursday 22 March we held an event to reward Cardiff University Student
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Bring your creative dream to life with Ymlaen!

Posted on 24 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jannat, founder of the creative writing magazine, Lucent Dreaming, discusses her experience of starting her own creative business and how you could do the same… Have you ever just wanted to drop everything and do your own thing? You’ve spent years in education trying to get a foothold on real life and now you’re here
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Top tips for meeting employers at careers fairs: what to do next!

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Former Cardiff Uni graduate Clare, now Senior Student Recruitment Associate at EY, advises on how you can make yourself stand out at a careers fair. With the Big Grad Fair only days away, I got to thinking back to my time as a Social Science student at Cardiff University, before I joined EY in 2016.
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My Student Innovation Experience

Posted on 12 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Idoia, Innovation Ambassador, tells us more about her involvement in the Student Innovation Festival and the event she helped organise… Volunteering in an area related to your professional aspirations is one of the best things I would recommend every single student to do. Is all about gaining valuable experience without the fear of failing or
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Why you should Chat to a Champion

Posted on 29 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah, one of our Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Online Peer Support and the new Chat to a Champion service. The Chat to a Champion online drop-in launched last term! It’s a great way for us Wellbeing Champions to offer peer support to students over the internet. What I think is so great about it
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Applying for the Cancer Research UK Graduate Scheme

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily graduated from Cardiff in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and tells us more about applying and succeeding on Cancer Research UK’s graduate scheme.   When I told people that I’d be studying English Literature, they assumed that I was planning to become a teacher or work in publishing – both great options,
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“From Computer Science student to my first graduate job”: How Careers and Employability helped me launch my career with Circle IT

Posted on 3 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Imogen, Computer Science graduate, shares her experience of using the careers service to her find her first graduate role at Circle IT   What did you study at Cardiff University?  BSc Computer Science (2014 – 2017)   What is you current role at Circle IT? How did you find out about the company?  Graduate Internal
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Four ways to get your bond back

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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Support for Students from Students – find out where you can meet the Wellbeing Champions this semester

Posted on 1 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, informs us of upcoming Wellbeing Hotspots… The second semester is here and our Wellbeing Champions have prepared lots of exciting events for you with the sole aim to promote mental and physical wellbeing amongst students. You can find them at the following dates and times: February Peer Support
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Bag it up, Bag it up…

Posted on 8 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bag it up, bag it up… Student intern Kate tells us all we need to know about bins. Are tea bags for the green bin? Are eggshells for the black bin? Don’t send the bin men (and the council) reeling over the metaphorical banana peel of your waste. Bins are the dreaded household topic, and are
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Easy Eats: 5 Vegan Varieties

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares 5 budget-friendly vegan dishes for you to try this World Vegan Day… Happy World Vegan Day to both our vegan and non-vegan students! A vegan is someone who chooses not to eat meat, fish or dairy products, although the common misconception seems to be that vegans live on little more than
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5 Halloween Costumes for under £5

Posted on 30 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Intern Sophie, shares her cheap costume ideas to get Spooky without breaking the bank this Halloween… For all those wanting to creep it real this Halloween, it doesn’t have to be costly. You can celebrate in style for less than a fiver from what you’ve probably already got hanging in your wardrobe!
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Interview with an entrepreneur: Tide Creative

Posted on 25 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Daniel Simmons tells us more about what it was like setting up his own business after studying at Cardiff University, and how he’s found start-up life after graduation… Daniel graduated from Cardiff University with a BSC in Business Management, in 2015. Since then he’s taken the plunge and hit new heights, by starting his own business. Here’s a
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The Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run 2016

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares the best bits of Cardiff University’s first ever Student Life Fun Run… On the 1st October 2016 the streets of Cardiff were invaded by hundreds of students taking part in the Student Life Fun Run, a new event exclusively for Cardiff University students. The 2.4km route looped twice around Cardiff’s Civic
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Walking to Wellbeing – My story

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, shares her experience of joining the Walking to Wellbeing group for their first walk of the year… Do you enjoy meeting new people and visiting the beautiful sights of Cardiff for free? Does the idea of fresh air and a healthier mind interest you? If you answered yes to any of the
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Different programming – how learning that different is not the same as defective helped me thrive

Posted on 3 October 2016 by Your student life, supported

Dylan, PhD student at Cardiff University and Student Intern, shares his experience of living and studying with bipolar disorder and dyslexia. There is a quote that flies around the internet mis-attributed to Albert Einstein, often accompanied by a much shared cartoon that may well have been inspired by it: Everyone is a genius. But if
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Six ways to save money on food

Posted on 3 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her expertise in every day student saving… Do you live to eat? Or do you eat to live? Either way, these six top tips will make you reconsider the way you fill your fridge. You don’t have to be a slave to the supernoodle either, the tactical
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How Experience Works

Posted on 30 August 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Internships Officer David Keane, talks about the benefits of undertaking a paid graduate internship…   For those graduates who are still unsure on what the future holds for you after life at Cardiff University, did you know that you are still eligible to apply for a paid internship for up to 3 years after graduation? Internships are
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Night of Celebrations for our Student Mentors

Posted on 9 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann Mc Manus, Our Student Mentor Programme Manager tells us more about this year’s Celebration Evening… A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants who turned out for the annual Celebration Evening. This was the university’s opportunity to thank and celebrate you and your work; THANK YOU!
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5 reasons to start Dry January now – tea anyone?

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern tells us more about her experience of dry Jan so far, and why it’s not too late to join in … Stop-tober, Dry Jan, it’s not uncommon for people to pledge they are going to give up something, usually alcohol, for a given period of time. Being a student this was a
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Moustache to baby face as we ‘shave’ goodbye to Movember

Posted on 8 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

November has flown by, December has begun and my Movember moustache has gone! Will tells us more about his effort and  Male Health Awareness… My moustache was a slight improvement from last year’s attempt and I can take some encouragement from that. A few team mates of mine from Aberystwyth Exiles F.C produced some fine efforts that
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Movember, Men’s Health and support for Cardiff Students

Posted on 9 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Marketing Intern tells us more about Movember…  Yes, it is that time of year again. Time for men from all across the land to unite as Mo Bros and collectively raise awareness and funding for men’s health.  Here’s more about the cause and what we’ll be doing in Student Support.
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A Summer Internship with Grant Thornton

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max, 3rd year Accounting and Finance student and Campus Community Manager for Grant Thornton tells us more about his Summer Internship …     As a second year student I decided I should probably start looking at getting some work experience. I’d heard of Grant Thornton through my lecturers as some of them had worked
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