Sophie Haggerty’s take on Open Days and Student Life
We met with Sophie Haggerty, an BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing Student Ambassador, to find out more about the benefits of attending university open days and to find out more about what student life is really like.
Why did you become a student ambassador?
I love the University, and as someone proud to study at USW, I like sharing the nooks and crannies of what it has to offer. I also love living and studying in Wales, and I’m keen to share my enthusiasm with other people. I also thought it would be a good initiative to get involved with, and a great way to build my skills and experience.
What advice would you give to someone when choosing a university?
It's definitely worth attending open days and to go to all the talks or activities on offer. I was torn between two universities before I went to any events. I found the people friendly and welcoming when I visited USW. They made me feel at home, which is the reason why I chose to study here.
Where do you spend most of your time at university?
The library is where you'll usually find me on the Treforest Campus. I also love the seating area between the students’ union (SU) and the sports centre. I appreciate the views it has of the mountain’s opposite.
Where’s the best place on campus to eat?
I would recommend the food in the Randy Dragon, at the SU. It tastes good, and it’s affordable. My favourite dish is the veggie nachos. I would highly recommend you give it a try.
What do you love most about living in halls of residence?
Being able to wake up five minutes before lectures and still get there on time is the best perk of living in halls.
Where would you go for a student night out?
Score, at the Students’ Union, is my favourite place for a night out. It’s every Wednesday, and it’s the highlight of my week! I’ve made loads of friends through these nights. The prices are brilliant, and there are also great deals to be had in the Eclipse nightclub.
What clubs or societies have you been a member of?
Last year I was involved in DAPS, the creative writing anthology, in an editor role. Also, I had my work published in it, a 500-word piece, about my grandma and her house.
What’s your number one money-saving tip to students?
Bring food and coffee with you to classes. It can get expensive, buying sandwiches every day.
What’s your top tip for new students?
Get enough sleep. It’s tempting to stay awake to get your assignment finished, but your mental health is more important.