Hi! I'm Jess, a 2nd Year Occupational Therapy student. I can’t wait to start writing blogs on my student experience at Cardiff University. I love Cardiff, it is such a welcoming city and has perfect spots to take visitors and friends. I really enjoy tap dancing and was so excited when I found out I could carry this interest on with the Broadway Dance Society at university. If you have any questions about my student experience, please feel free to message me through the UniBuddy service!
With some restrictions easing, I wanted to write a blog about the 10 hidden gems available in Cardiff so you have some ideas of where you can go to socialise with friends and family. Before going to any of these please check the current COVID-19 restrictions. Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery The Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery Read more
Finding study spots is important when at university and having a big workload. I find it is nice to study in different places to be able to get a change of scenery. I am going to go through a few study spots in this blog and I hope they are helpful when deciding where to Read more
Self-care is so important, especially when you are studying during a pandemic. Here are a few suggestions to help you look after yourself. Foot spa and a pedicure You could make a foot spa, by getting a rectangular bucket, putting some nice smelling shower gel or bubble bath in it and some warm water. You Read more
I have found keeping in touch with my friends at home, while I am at University to be important for my mental wellbeing, particularly during the global pandemic. It also helps me fill my time with something other than studying. Here are a few options: Messaging Whether it is text, Facebook messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp or Read more
As we have just finished the Christmas break, I thought it might be useful to write a blog about time management during this holiday period. I am in my 3rd and last year at university so there is a lot of work to complete throughout the year and I want to ensure I can manage Read more
Budgeting is a key part of student life. I believe budget skills are important to learn about as a student and you’ll then be able to take these skills forward as you graduate and get a full time job. In my first year, I definitely had the least knowledge about budgeting. I struggled to budget Read more
I was the first child in my family to go to university. I can remember feeling the pressure to get into university and do well as a ‘role model’ to my brother and sister. Being the first born also means you can’t take advice from older siblings on what to expect when studying a degree Read more
I can remember when I started university and it was like a maze, it took me a few weeks to learn where everything was. Due to COVID-19 and people having more online lectures, going into campus and working out where everything is will take a bit longer. I thought this blog would be helpful to Read more
With COVID restrictions, there is a lot of time spent at home or in your term time accommodation. Here are some ideas of things you could get up to in your spare time: Read a book Reading is such a good way to let your mind relax and forget about all the stress and worries Read more
I thought I would write about study space ideas, because especially during this time when most lectures are virtual, I find it important to have a study space I feel motivated to work in. Here are some study space ideas: Wall Planner I have a big wall planner pinned up on my pinboard next to Read more
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Our student bloggers are all current students studying a variety of subjects, sharing their real-life experiences in their own words to let current and future students know what life is like at Cardiff University.
Each student has their own section on the blog but you can also ask them any questions you might have in the comments.