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Class of 2014

A Taste of Television

17 July 2014

Louise Collings graduated today with a 2:1 in Law and French. She is now the Magistrates Courts Act Officer for Warwickshire Police. Here, she explains how becoming a member of Cardiff Union TV allowed her to experience life outside of her comfort zone.

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Going into the final year of University, the prospect of taking my last ever exams and having to function in the real world was daunting. However, I thought I’d throw myself in at the deep end, which is why I joined CUTV – Cardiff Union TV.

I had no prior experience in student media, and had never been part of a society executive team, but when the social secretary position came up, I thought “why not?” Freshers’ fortnight quickly arrived and the society took on its heaviest workload to date. During this period, CUTV broadcasted a live show every single day, which included the creation of various features.

Having only a social role and no TV production experience, I wasn’t expected to help with the output but I got involved almost every day and loved it. The executive team that the controller had assembled was unbelievably dedicated and throughout the year they continued to create regular, incredible content.

I would encourage current Cardiff University students to get involved in something new and outside of their comfort zone – get as much as you can from university before it’s too late! Balancing a part-time job, full-time final year studies and the society role was very challenging, but the rewards were more than worth it.