Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Union Partner Event 2019

Wong Hei Pui, a student from our Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Hospitality Management has represent Beacon International College to attend the SU Partner Event 2019 at Cardiff Metropolitan University in UK. Let us hear what she has to share with us after attending the event.

Hello, my name is Wong Hei Pui, or you can call me Alison, I am from Hong Kong and I am 19 years old. It was my first time travelling alone to UK in January 2019 and it is such an honour to represent Beacon International College to visit Cardiff Metropolitan University to attend the SU Partner Event 2019. It was a 4-day event; however, I was only able to join in the first 3 days due to my flight schedule. Although the schedule was tightly packed, the event was memorable to me since I gained additional knowledge and met new friends from all over the world as well as those who were used to be Cardiff Met students.

On the day of arrival, the Student Union representatives from Cardiff Met came to the hotel and picked us up at 6 p.m. We went to the City Centre to have a walk followed by having a welcome dinner until 10 p.m.

The next day, we had a 2-hour representative training at the Llandaff campus which was conducted by the Student Union vice president and the director of Student Engagement. During the training, other student representatives shared their experiences of being part of the student union in their own universities. As the topic of the training was how to handle different situations as a student union member, so we were trained to choose the best handling method to solve the problem. After lunch, we had another 2-hour lecture from a senior lecturer in Cardiff Met School of Management who introduced us to the topic of Intellectual Property all over the world. Then, we went back to the Student Union Office to attend the training on the Student Moodle and referencing system from both the Library and IT departments’ staffs. Lastly, the original plan was to have a tour on the Llandaff campus, but due to rain in Cardiff, we went to the City Centre to play golf and have dinner together instead.

On the last day of my trip, we started the training session by having a discussion with Ms Sally Strong, the training was mainly about presentation skills. We were divided into 3 groups and shared about the similarities and difference between the universities we represented and Cardiff in the presentation practice session. After the networking lunch, we had a deep conversation with the school reps from Cardiff Met to learn more about how they handle different situations and their experiences of being a SU member. After which, we ended the day by watching a rugby match between Cardiff Met and University of Bath. Unfortunately, Cardiff Met lost the game. At the end, I enjoyed a farewell dinner at a restaurant nearby the campus together with other representatives.

To conclude, I am grateful for the time during the trip and I was glad to be there, the only thing that felt harsh for me was the long flight journey which took about 12 hours. I hope that this activity will be as successful in following years as well.