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Celebrating Achievements

Celebrating Achievments

Name
Hi, I’m Amit Dhalla.

Where are you from?
I come from the flat plains of Norwich, associated with greats such as Stephen Fry and Delia Smith

Why Cardiff?
My reasons for choosing Cardiff fell into three main categories: the city, the university as a whole and the School of Optometry specifically. The city of Cardiff is full of historic culture, perfectly blended with the vibrancy of a modern UK city. Cardiff University provides fantastic learning opportunities and the School of Optometry has its own building that not only offers students all the clinic equipment they could need, but has been the venue of filming for Dr Who, Sherlock and Torchwood! It’s a bit strange to turn on the TV and see David Tennant strolling around the foyer…

Would you recommend it?
Absolutely, it’s been the best 3 years of my life!

Top tip for new students?
Get involved with as much as you can over the course of Fresher’s Week. Loads of societies will be opening their doors to new members, so whatever your tastes, from bell ringing to the northern society, there will be something to suit you or give you the opportunity to try something new!

Something unusual/fun about yourself?
I consider myself a bit of a film star in the School of Optometry, but whether anyone else does is another matter! I’ve bagged feature roles in a number of activities as part of the Optometry Society, including the Innovation Challenge, which saw me trailing a new suit made out of balloons, and as part of an OPSOC presidential campaign video, where I channelled Paddy McGuinness.

UCAN – Experience?
UCAN has formed an incredibly valued part of my university life. It’s a fun opportunity that is a great way to round of the week and has given me the honour of meeting some amazingly brave young adults who I am proud to call my friends and have certainly taught me a few lessons about living life to the full!

UCAN – Would you recommend?
Definitely. There is categorically no doubt about that.

What are your plans for when you graduate?
Well I'm off to Bristol to do my pre-registration year, but after that? Well who knows? Perhaps I’ll end up supervising back in Cardiff!

 


 

Celebrating Achievments

Name:
Emma Bussey
 
Where are you from?
Birmingham
 
Why Cardiff?
I chose Cardiff because the city seemed really nice when I came as it wasn't too small but had everything I'd need. The school's facilities were the best I'd seen at all the universities I visited on open days. I was so impressed by everything the school had to offer.
 
Would you recommend it?
I would absolutely recommend Cardiff University, I've never regretted coming here for a second. All the lecturers and supervisors are so helpful and experienced.  
 
Tip for new students:
Work hard and enjoy everything university has to offer. Don't waste a moment of it.
 
Something unusual/fun about yourself?
Before wanting to be an optometrist I wanted to be an air hostess, farmer's wife or a marine biologist. 

UCAN – Experience?
UCAN has been an amazing experience. The people there are so lovely and I've had so much fun and made great new friends. Seeing the talent that these young people have has been such a privelege. I couldn't be happier that I joined and I'm going to miss it so much when I leave.


 What are your plans for when you graduate?
I'm going to do my pre-reg in Specsavers in Colwyn Bay then get some experience and decide where I want to go with my career.

Other things I've done:
I went to Ghana last year with Global Brigades where we set up a medical facility in a village there which included an optometrist station where we checked the health of people's eyes and tried to give appropriate glasses if possible. It was a really valuable experience.

 



Celebrating Achievments

Name:
Helen Peregrine

Where are you from?
Hartley Wintney, a village in Hampshire

Why cardiff?
I chose Cardiff because I felt it had the best Optometry course with the most sociable optometry society, good facilities and friendly staff.

Would you recommend it? 
“COME HERE, you won’t regret it!”

The city has everything you could want in the way of nightlife, shops, entertainment, friendly taxi drivers and of course rugby games, all within walking distance and half the price of London. The Optometry school itself has gone far past my expectations and everyone there, both students and staff are the reason my experience has been so great. 

Tip for new students
Bring lots of energy drinks and throw yourself into Freshers Week.  OPSOC organise a full week of Freshers activities for you, in the daytime as well as evening so if you want to go out with your friends at Halls as well you may need a caffeine drip.

Something unusual about you
I have 3 pet chickens.  I still haven’t managed to smuggle them into my student house in Cardiff though.

UCAN - experience, would you recommend
Joining in with UCAN has introduced me to a whole new group of friends I would have never met and is great to unwind one evening a week.  It has also taught me a lot in a professional sense because it has given me an insight into the challenges for visually impaired young people but also how their determination is stronger than their challenges- they  are inspiring.

What are your plans once you graduate
I have a Pre-registration placement at Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe.  It’s a dream come true, I cannot wait to start but will definitely miss Cardiff.

A few details on other things you've done i.e. Romania/Moldova etc
After enjoying a full year of OPSOC events in first year I decided to take on a committee role myself and was the Vice President in the second year.  It was basically an excuse to have more fun outside clinics and meet more people.

The biggest impact from Cardiff has to be the trip to Moldova which I went on in July 2011. Two of the supervisors have been organising trips to Romania (and now Moldova) for over 10 years, taking some students each time to perform eye tests and provide glasses they have fundraised for. I was lucky enough to go and it was simply fantastic- everything from the brilliant translators out there to the clinical experience made it eye opening and unforgettable.

I’m returning this July as the student team leader .  UCAN members kindly said they wanted to help fundraise for the glasses, so one of our fundraising events is involving guiding 5 of the UCAN members up Pen y Fan (highest peak in Southern Britain).  The first date had to be postponed due to snow (in April!) but I’m already looking forward to the challenge in September.