Accounting and Finance graduate, E’zzati Ariffin, came to Aberystwyth all the way from Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei.
“My degree has provided me with a perfect platform to a career in the finance sector. The lecturers are helpful and approachable and the degree contributes towards the ACCA professional accounting qualification.”
Despite not being familiar with Wales before coming to Aberystwyth, E’zzati has made a huge effort to learn Welsh and embrace Welsh culture.
“Many of the people I have met are Welsh speakers so I decided to attend weekly Welsh lessons with UMCA. This has given me the opportunity to participate in a part of Welsh culture which is rarely experienced by international students. I’m particularly happy to have won the poetry prize for learners at the Eisteddfod Rhyng-gol and I am determined to keep on learning Welsh until I am fluent.”
Robbie Goodridge and Adrianna Kapek
Robbie Goodridge and Adrianna Kapek graduate today in International Politics and the Third World, and German and International Politics respectively.
Whilst studying for their degrees at Aberystwyth Robbie and Adrianna, met and got engaged, something they both say will be their abiding memory of their time at the University.
Robbie paid tribute to International Politics lecturer Alastair Finlan, saying he was a “Good lecturer, who he couldn’t speak any higher of and makes Interpol shine”.
Adrianna enjoyed the professionalism of her degree and the open-mindedness of her lecturers.
Both are staying in Aberystwyth following their graduation, Robbie as a University employee and Adrianna is undertaking a masters degree in International Relations.
Former President of Aberystwyth University Hiking Club, Tom Davies hailed the “fantastic International Politics department” as he graduated this morning.
Originally from Wrexham, Tom said he particularly enjoyed his involvement with the Hiking Club as well as meeting people whilst doing his degree.
Tom’s currently in the process of moving to Cardiff to continue his job-hunt, where he will look to find employment in either journalism or a political role.
Congratulations to Mikhail Dimitrov who is graduating today in International Politics and Strategic Studies.
Originally from Bulgarian capital Sofia, Mikhail enjoyed the seminars in the International Politics department, and the way that they got people discussing the subject.
His abiding memory of Aberystwyth is writing his dissertation, something he enjoyed because he enjoyed the pressure he was under.
Following his graduation, Mikhail is hoping to do a masters degree in King’s College, London.
International Politics graduate Fred Till graduates today.
Fred’s favourite memory of Aberystwyth was of the people he’s met, as well as getting to know members of the local community in the town. He said that it’s “easy to feel you’re at home in Aberystwyth”.
The part of the International Politics course he enjoyed the most was the great breadth of academic staff, and opportunities to develop skills academically outside the lecture theatres in events such as crisis games and parliamentary placements, which contributed to his wider learning.
Following his graduation, Fred is going on to study for a masters degree in International Political Theory at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Alexandra Clarke, from Manchester, is graduating today with a masters degree in Archive Administration.
She particularly enjoyed the sense of community in Aberystwyth and making lifelong friends at Aberystwyth.
She called her University experience “a memorable life step” and praised her lecturers in the Department of Information Studies who were always there to help her when needed.
Alexandra’s now planning to move to Kent to look for work.
Denitsa Dineva and Mariya Flieva
Both from Bulgaria, Mariya Fileva and Denitsa Dineva are graduating today with masters degrees in Tourism Marketing and Marketing.
Mariya’s favourite memory is making friends for life and thought her tutors in the School of Management and Business were “helpful, approachable and always friendly”.
She’s going on to work for a sports management company in Cardiff.
Dentisa enjoyed getting to know local people, and said that she thought Aberystwyth was “quite an international town”.
Following to completion of her degree, Denitsa will be working for Lloyds Banking Group as a Car Finance Advisor.
Originally from Bath, Ruth Robins graduated in International Politics this morning.
Over her three years in Aberystwyth, Ruth enjoyed living by the seaside and learning from professors in the department such as Head of the department, Jenny Mathers.
Following the completion of her degree, Ruth has been working at the University of Bath working with international students.
Graduating with a PhD in Librarianship, Louisa Lam’s thesis was on ‘A micro-macro sense-making model for knowledge creation and utilisation in healthcare organisations.’
Originally from Hong Kong, Louisa said her helpful and conscientious supervisor was an invaluable help with her degree.
Since graduating with her PhD, Louisa has been working as a Librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.