It is easy to get sucked into the student routine of clubbing, napping and occasionally attending that mythical 9am lecture, but I challenge you to step out of that prison cell sized room and complete the Buzz bucket list.
1. RUGBY AT THE MILLENIUM STADIUM
If you have parents dying to come see their little baby at university at the weekend, you may be able to blag a free ticket out of them. For those of you less loved get a shift there selling radios or stewarding and get paid for the honour. Although be warned if you get put on hot dog making duty the most action you’ll see is ketchup mishaps.
2. A BEACH DAY
Head over to the coast for a day of sun, sea and sand or if you’re lucky pebbles, rain, and fish ‘n’ chips. To indulge in an extra special seaside visit go to Barry Island, the birthplace of Gavin and Stacey, pick a character and take on their persona for the day. I always go for Nessa, “what’s occurin’?”, and for the price of a fridge magnet you can sit in her arcade booth.
3. WORK HARD PLAY HARD
Spend a night partying with all your friends, and the one thing you must avoid is sleep, and then still make your day of lectures and seminars. Better yet go to another subject’s lectures, what better way to heal a hangover than with An Introduction to Japanese.
4. AN EVENING OF WELSH TRADITIONS
Wales is not England, and if you’ve crossed that border to get here, you really need to get into the green, white and red Welsh spirit. I suggest you sit down to a traditional Welsh lamb stew, there also has to be leeks involved obviously. This should then be followed with a fresh welsh cake and a big cwtch with all your housemates. Follow dinner with a walk looking at the sheep, a quick rugby game and the smelling of daffodils, okay too far?
5. CULTURAL WALES
South Wales has a lot to offer in terms of museums and history, be a good student and head to one of them, most have free admission and you never know you may learn something new.
6. DINE WITH A DIFFERENCE
You’ve had plenty of meals in the traditional home, pub, restaurant settings, now is the time to do something a little unconventional. Head to The Clink for a meal cooked and served for you by the local inmates or scoot over to Whiff Whaff and devour your meal over a game of ping pong.
7. BE THE KING/QUEEN OF THE MANOR
Put on your finest crown and go to your local castle (Swansea, Cardiff and Newport all have their own). For a true Royal experience climb to the top, take in the gorgeous views and wave to your civilians.
8. JOIN THE CIRCUS
Wales’s home-grown circus No Fit State recently opened their doors to the public and are now offering classes to all. Learn the trapeze, high ropes or how to juggle. Just think of the new skills you can whip out at the family Christmas parties.
9. CARDIFF BAY
Put on your glad rags, catch the water taxi from Bute Park and head for a fancy meal down the Bay. There is something to please every taste bud, and you get a lovely view of the Harbour. For the adrenaline seekers amongst us why not try their white water wafting.
10. A WALK WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN
Wales is known for its beautiful landscapes, grab some friends, a picnic and some cider and head to your local park, follow this with a walk to burn off those jam sandwiches.
*Article previously published in Buzz Magazine Student Guide.