My name is Shannon Keating and I’m a second year English Literature/ Film and Television student here at Aberystwyth University. Much like most of the Aber alumni, my decision to move to the West coast was based on the universities reputation for student satisfaction, and I must say that it was the best decision I have ever made (without meaning to sound too overdramatic) This being partly due to my amazing course, tutors and friends; one of which is a fellow AberInsiders blogger, Cerys Davey. We both take pride in the fact that we hail from the Valleys. I was born and raised in a town called Merthyr Tydfil, which is around 20 miles from Cardiff. It was a great place to grow up, even if it was once awarded the title of the ‘third worst place to live in Britain’ (a fact that us Merthyr folk still laugh about/ take a strange pride in even today).

I have attended Welsh medium schools from the age of 2, which at times has been difficult as I am the first Welsh speaker in my family and so it was a heck of a lot harder for my parents to help me with my homework! Nevertheless, I am very blessed to have the ability to speak both Welsh and English. If it weren’t for my bilingualism I wouldn’t be living with six of my closest friends who’s first languages were Welsh; I would have also missed the opportunity to work in one of the most respected Welsh establishments in Aberystwyth, Siop y Pethe.

I guess there’s not much else to say really. This blog will be written in both languages, and you can expect to read about the student life that I have built here in Aber, along with some of the less important stuff that I love just as much; books, films (particularly horror films!) trips and just random situations my friends and I find ourselves in.

I hope that anyone who’s thinking of taking the leap and joining us in Aber can read my blog and my fellow AberInsiders blogs and really see what we have to offer- from the student’s point of view (a very honest point of view!)

Diolch/ Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

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