Carmela is a journalist from the Philippines and is studying MA Political Communication in Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Student name: Carmela Fonbuena
Course title: MA Political Communication
Year of graduation: 2016
She plans to return to the Philippines after her master's degree and be equipped to navigate the complexities of contemporary politics.
Why did you choose Cardiff University?
I chose Cardiff University for two reasons: its journalism department is very prestigious and it is part of 24 research-intensive UK universities that make up the Russell Group.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
MA Political Communication gives you an understanding of how politics works internationally and how governments are increasingly becoming intertwined with, if not dependent on, the media to keep their legitimacy.
There are 14 people in my class coming from different countries. Discussions are always great because we bring in our country experiences.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
The readers are great and the mix of international students gives a broad perspective of the world. There’s always something to learn in every conversation.
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
Cardiff is very beautiful. It has beaches and mountains. It’s a great place for international students because the city is not too big, and the people are warm. London is also just two hours away by train which you can visit on weekends if you want to see the action there.
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
I’m planning to join a club next term, but I’m currently active in the network of Chevening scholars in Cardiff. I highly recommend joining a society because the people you meet makes living away from home easier and more fun.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
The University has made it easy for me to study here. The residence hall, the department and the readers have been very helpful. We were even assigned personal tutors to make sure we have someone to contact in case we have problems.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
If your area is communications, Cardiff University is the place for you. Don’t worry that it’s not in London. It’s so near that I’ve been going there too often to catch events and meet friends.
What are your plans for the future?
I will return to the Philippines after my master’s degree. I am confident that I will become a more discerning journalist who will be able to navigate the complexities of contemporary politics.