What a week! First of all I would like to once again say a big congratulations to all that received their A-Level, AS and GCSE results over the past few weeks. I hope everyone got what they were wishing for and that the hard work has finally paid off. If not I hope that everyone found a suitable place through Clearing.
I’ve been living it up in the wee land of Scotland in the Fringe Festival this passed week and have also tried my hand at a bit of presenting by making a film on student services for you freshers to watch in the induction day during freshers week. (I apologies now for the cheesiness of the video, it wasn’t me that wrote the script!) This was great fun as it was made purely by students and had full responsibility of the production of the video. Also, I got more experience on being a presenter, which was great! I’m just dreading seeing myself on the screen and hearing my voice; but it’s something I’m going to have to man up about and get used to!!
The video is really important for your understanding of the Student Services available to you, because no matter what your problem may be, Glamorgan has a service available for you. You will especially need the Student Services at some point during Freshers as you won’t know what’s what and will need some help to get to know everything. I particularly used one of the services in the Atrium during Freshers which was the Advice Shop which is basically people that can help you with absolutely anything, and I mean anything, no matter how absurd you may think the question may be. I just asked them general questions such as directions to my lecture room and how to get hold of one of my lecturers. But you can ask them anything from queries with student loans to asking what’s the time!
There are a lot of other student services to be had such as the Mental Wellbeing Service which is there to help you if you are feeling down or stressed for a particular reason; being for academic or personal reasons they are there to help you. You also have the Learning Resource Centre where there are people there to help you with finding the right books for your assignement and can help with the structure, style and grammar of your assignement. I have used this service a lot over the past 2 years while writing my essays, as I write my assignements in Welsh and as there is a Welsh speaker available that can look over my work, I have taken full advantage of this and have gained marks because of their help and advice.
Also just to list a few more, ( I promise I won’t go through them all or we’ll be here until next year!) there is the Money Service which does exactly as it says on the title, they deal with money issues, so any problems or queries with regards to your student loan, they also have great tips on budgeting. Their leaflets should be all over the campus, so just pick one up! They also have a questionnaire to fill in sometimes. If you see one, fill one in because I ended up winning a £10 Morrison voucher last year! I was chuffed (but maybe I’m weird like that!) There is also a dyslexia service, so if you have or may think you have dyslexia it is well worth going to see them as they can help you with your assignements and offer support whenever you need it. My housemate goes to them a lot for support and recommends them highly. For more information on Student Services visit http://www.glam.ac.uk/student-services Any queries, just comment me on my Facebook page, Sian Williams Glamorgan.
There we go, enough about all the serious stuff! As I mentioned before I’ve been to Scotland and had my first EVER battered mars bar! I’m chuffed with this as I’ve always wanted one because I like all things that are unhealthily bad for you! Obviously this wasn’t the highlight of the trip but it was close! I went up there for the Fring Festival, being the keen drama student that I am and delved into the sea of drama, music and comedy. I’d heard from friends that the festival was great but until you go there you don’t actually realise how amazing it really is. There were thousands of acts there, it was literally on the same scale as Glastonbury. We went down the main street in Edinburgh, which was called the Royal Mile and there were literally a mile long of actor/performers performing on the streets for free and handing out leaflets for us to go and see their performance. It was a real festival/carnival feel and even if you aren’t into the arts or don’t study Drama I’d highly recommend it as there’s something there for everyone! On the last night we went to Princes Gradens to watch the fireworks by Edinburgh Castle. There were bagpipes playing in the background and we had a great view of the bueatiful buildings of Edinburgh; it was definitely one of those moments you wanted to keep with you forever! Just one tip, if you are planning on going there or basically on any holiday, make sure you are organised before going. This trip was a last minute thing so we didn’t have time to book tickets in advanced so we didn’t manage to see a few performances that I wanted to see because they were fully booked. This also applies for Freshers Week, be organised, do the research on what you need to bring and make sure you bring it!
Here’s a few pictures of the festival and the surrounding area, as promised. Speak soon, Sian.