Mari Makarov

Mari Makarov

Mari Makarov

Mari is nearly at the end of her first year. She has shared some of her experiences so far of studying at the Atrium and taking part in the International Welcome Programme.

Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Mari and I’m from Estonia.

What course are you studying?
I chose to study visual effects and motion graphics.

Tell us about at the University, what is it like?
I’m really enjoying myself at the university, the Atrium building (where most of media production courses are held) is really modern and since you’ve got all the creative people studying under one roof, it’s really fun to do projects with other courses.

Did you attend the International Welcome Week? If you did, would you recommend it to new students?
I did and I would definitely recommend it. Not only did it help me to get settled in but I also get to meet so many wonderful people around the world who I can now call my friends and visit their countries during our summer break and to even live with them next year. The days are filled with different activities which really help you a lot to get to know the city you’ll be living at plus at the end of the day you’ll be getting introduced to the famous nightlife Cardiff has got to offer. There’s something for everyone.

What are the facilities like at the University?
I was really pleasantly surprised to find out how great facilities we’ve got at the university. The equipment we use is always updated and our lecturers make sure we get our hands on to the latest technology.

What has been your highlights so far?
It’s hard to just pick one. But I would definitely bring out international week, thanks to that I managed to settle in so nicely with other international students who are in the same situation as you. My local flat mates even mentioned that they wish they would have attend it, since you meet so many new interesting people.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
Studying abroad is so important in my mind. You’ll be able to get out of your comfort zone and take a risk that will pay off. With that being said I would say plan ahead, make sure you do a good research about the course because it will be an investment for your future so you don’t want to end up being disappointed because it’s not what you thought it would be. I’m so glad I had a talk with the students and visited the university before I accepted my other offers and made the right choice to study in Cardiff over something else.

Tell us something that you think would be useful for prospective students to know?
I would say really think through what you’ll be studying, and draw a difference between your hobbies and career choices. Although it’s important to do a research how big is the employment percentage in that field to make sure you’ll be able to get a job you’ve been studying for. I do think what is more important is that the course would be something that you’d drive for. It makes such a difference to see a student who’s passionate about what they’re studying, because they made that choice and they want to gain that knowledge and develop their skills in that field for themselves and for their own growth. I am so grateful I chose this course, it’s only my first year now and I can’t wait to see what the second year will bring us.