Since more than half of the first semester at Cardiff University is already over, I thought I’d tell you some more about my life as postgraduate student at Cardiff University. It is defnitely hard work but it’s more than awesome at the same time. The university is simply beautiful, our courses and all the teachers are inspiring and my coursemates are just a big bunch of 64 international students from all over the world!
In this picture you can see the whole course with our course director Elliot Pill. The picture was taken during our Research Away Day at Cardiff Castle. The day was meant to be an opportunity for us to get away from our usual lecture halls and experience workshops about creativity, storytelling and engage ourselves in brainstorming ideas for our master’s-thesis. We also took our time to get to know each other better and explore the beauty of being surrounded by people from different cultures.
As soon as the official part of the day was over, our course leaders had arranged a free castle tour for us, which was simply breathtaking. Cardiff Castle was built in the 11th century and went through the hands of different Welsh royals before it became the home of the Bute family in the 18th century. The name of the Bute family appears in different contexts in Cardiff, a bunch of locations are named after them – for example Bute building and Bute park just to name a few.
My usual week consists of three days of formal lectures (Tuesday to Thursday) and several group meetings or days in the library. All our lectures take place in Bute building, which is right in the centre of Cardiff University’s main campus. Although Bute building is one of the oldest buildings on campus (the university was established in 1889), the library inside the building follows the newest technological standards and offers the perfect atmosphere for spending all the dark rainy winter days there (oh boy…), working on group projects, individual assignments or our thesis proposal.
Although all of us take our courses very seriously, we still enjoy the sweet life of a student: sleeping in on Mondays or Fridays or the occasional going-out on Sunday evenings. Every night out ends at “Chippy Lane” – a small alley in Cardiff city centre where everyone buys a massive portion of fish & chips to end the night in a proper British fashion.