Emyr is a BSc (Hons) Computer Science student in his 2nd year at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. 

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

Before coming to University, I was in Sixth Form at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern on Anglesey doing my AS and A Levels studying Maths, Physics and Business Studies, as well as an extra BTEC option in Games & Media. I also studied the Welsh Bacc alongside my studies whilst at Sixth Form.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

Something that was important to me when choosing a University was that I wanted to stay in Wales, and I didn’t want to travel too far away from home, but also wanted to be able to live independently. Glyndŵr was, therefore, the choice for me as it was within a reasonable distance away from home to satisfy my needs, but also allowed me to stay in Wales to study. I was looking for a Computer Science course at different universities and, after seeing Wrexham and hearing about the course, I applied for the course and was offered a place on the course to study after receiving my A-Level results in August 2017.

Did you attend an open day? What were your impressions?

I did attend a few open days at Glyndŵr before applying. My impressions of the University were that it felt quite homely. The lecturers were incredibly friendly, and all the staff were incredibly helpful as well. The open days were also incredibly helpful. I remember coming after my AS results and I wasn’t feeling as great as I didn’t do very well in my AS, but after talking to the lecturers, it certainly gave me a confidence boost given my results. It also inspired me to work harder during my A Levels to achieve the grades I wanted.

What’s the atmosphere like around campus?

The atmosphere around campus has been incredibly homely, and all the staff and students I’ve come to know during my time here have been incredibly friendly and helped me to get to know the area and to make me feel happier as a result.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I really like the variety of things we do on our course, and no day is the same as the last. I also really enjoyed getting to meet new people and make new friends. As I was the only one in my school year to come to Glyndŵr, it meant I didn’t have anyone I already knew before coming, but once I met people on my course, we became good friends and we’ve been working well together ever since. I also really enjoy my lectures. The lecturers are incredibly friendly and helpful at all times, and they always make their lectures enjoyable.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

At this moment in time, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing after graduating. However, my biggest dream is to start my own business in the technology/computing industry, although I would like to do something in this industry regardless of what I do after graduating, as it’s the industry I’ve always loved. I have also had thoughts of going into teaching Computer Science in Secondary Education, due to the push towards this subject area in schools and the lack of teachers, especially fluent Welsh speaking teachers, available to do this.

What has the support been like?

The support for me has been absolutely fantastic. During my time at Glyndŵr, I’ve had moments of ups, downs, lefts and rights, and everything in between. But the support during such times from staff and friends has been immensely helpful, and such support I would never forget. The lecturers on my course have been incredibly supportive of me, in moments when I’ve been looking for jobs and in moments when life has thrown everything it can at me.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

I feel like I have benefited greatly from studying at Glyndŵr. From being able to live independently, to making new friends, to having the sense of individualism whilst studying, coming to Glyndŵr was the best decision I made since leaving school, and it will certainly remain as one of the best decisions I’ve made in my entire life.

Being a student here has made me come out of my comfort zone of Angelsey and has made me appreciate myself more as a result. Whilst being here, I’ve been integrated into student life through the University and Student’s Union, and by sitting on the Student Council as the Welsh Language Campaigns Officer which I have been since November 2017. Getting to know people from all around the University has made me feel more at home whilst studying, which has made my overall experience here even better.

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in one word, what would it be and why?

Welcoming. Since walking through the front doors of Wrexham Glyndŵr University for the first time, I’ve always felt welcome. Whether it’s staff or other students, everyone has been very welcoming, and it’s made my experience here very enjoyable. Every day at Glyndŵr is different, and no two days have ever been the same, but each day is welcomed as a new adventure. I have had an amazing time studying at Glyndŵr so far and, although I still have some time left to go before I finish, I know I’ll miss my time here the most. Studying here has been a great experience for me personally, and it’s not one I’d like to trade with anywhere else.