A story to inspire; Davids Civlis’ journey to study a degree in journalism, media and cultural studies

20 November 2017

Davids Civlis
Davids Civlis

Every year we welcome students who may have been away from formal education for a while onto our pathways courses.  Pathways offer a route to an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University and are available in a wide range of subjects. Davids studied the Our Media, Our World pathway. This is Davids’ story.

“Five years ago, when I first moved to the United Kingdom I had no idea what to do next. I came here to find something not knowing what I was looking for and soon enough I was caught in the cycle of work/home life.

When I first heard about the pathway courses I figured that it could be a fun way to spend my evenings and in the same time learn something new. For my first lecture, I arrived a  couple of minutes early and my lecturer (Susan Bisson) started chatting with me about my future plans and dreams. When the next person arrived she introduced me to him: “This is Davids. He wants to study Media and Journalism in Cardiff University and be an actor.” When she said it out loud it sounded so silly and impossible for me but in the following sessions, she kept on encouraging me and others in the course. By the end of the module I started to believe in the possibility of me studying further and she guided me towards the pathway to a degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the introduced me to Dr Jonathan Cable who leads the Our Media, Our World pathway.

In summary, this was a great experience and more than that. People working here are interested in you as an individual and are keen on your success. It never finishes when the lecture does, checking your progress and helping far passes the actual time in the lecture.  And even after I finished the pathway and was in the process of applying to Cardiff University, I received a lot of help and advice in that process. Enrolling on the pathway is one of the best things I have ever done and it is not only about your learning but about discovering and realising your potential.  All of this has been an amazing experience and I will have only the best memories of my time on the pathway”.

If you have been inspired by Davids, come along to our event on 10th January 2018. Our pathway to a humanities drop in session is from 12.00 noon to 14.00 and takes place in the Continuing and Professional Education building.

This drop-in session will focus on our pathways in the Humanities subject areas:

There is no need to book, just turn up!