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charley wiles

Charley is in her third year of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Multimedia course based at our Regent Street campus.

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr university?

Before I came to Glyndwr I was in sixth form doing my AS Level in three different schools. I did two years of year 12, one year in Mold Alun studying Graphic Design, Music and Drama. The second year, I was in Flint High School where they had joined both Flint and St Richard Gwyn sixth forms to make one. I studied Drama and Welsh Bacc in Flint, then Art & Design and Photography in St Richard Gwyn. It was one of the most bizarre times in my life so far. 

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr university?

I decided to look at universities that were local and it lead from there. I originally wanted to do a degree in Photography, but I felt that I could challenge myself much more, so I looked for a Graphic Design course instead, since I had only very briefly been introduced to it in the past but enjoyed its different perspective in the industry. Wrexham Glyndwr seemed to have something special. After feeling that, I applied and was offered a Mdes degree in Graphic Design. I didn't even have an interview! (bare in mind I didn't apply till May that year!) So really luck was on my side.

What's the atmosphere like around campus?

The atmosphere on the main campus is just warming. You feel like you are at home. The facilities are there when you need them, there is always someone around to help you out and overall it's just a great place to be yourself.

Meanwhile in Regent Street, (down the road from the main campus), it's just the most amazing atmosphere you could ever experience, well that's my point of view anyway. Even though it is an old building and the size doesn't compare to other universities, it's the best place to be yourself, to be me. I love that building. It's home away from home. There are so many creative people who support and guide me through my whole experience and I wouldn't be where I am today without all of them giving me that support. Even the lectures play a big part of that too. The feeling I feel, I just cannot put it in words.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The best thing about my course is meeting new people from across the country (even the globe) and collaborating with them on ideas and concepts that I would of never, ever thought of. We also get to use all the facilities in the building. We are not just all on computers in graphic design, we are photographers, screen printers, crafters, artists, you name it! We use all types of medias to create new content in a magical way. Knowing you are creating something with such talented and incredible people, that's the best feeling ever.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Art, drama and music are my strongest areas, so I always thought I would head in that area as my future career, but I never knew what specific area that would be. Overall, I have always had a very deep interest in how a theatre runs and the whole process of the behind the scenes, so maybe I could go down that route when I graduate?

What has the support been like?

The support has been absolutely immense. The staff are incredible. If you have any problems just ask them and they will help you out or even guide you through tough times. They are practically the parents you go to for help or for support when you need it the most. I love the staff at Regent Street and I wouldn't change it for anything else.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?

Being at Glyndwr, I feel I have benefited a great deal so far. I have run for Regent Street Officer and won in both second and third year of study. I have started up an art society called 'The Creatives' with two of my best friends Alexandra and Kam, who also study at Regent Street. I have also gained a 2:1 in my second year of study which was a surprise to me, attended two OFFSET events through the guidance of my amazing tutor Pauline Amphlett, also attended the amazing creative futures week where we learn from people who work in our industries and their personal stories of progression to what they have become today, expanded my love for Photography through the support of Colin and my friend Jack. And finally, I have benefited the experience, the love and the amazing memories I have made with all my friends through these past years. I wish it will never end, but I yet to get more of it in the next two years of study.

I love being at Wrexham Glyndwr University. It has been the best decision I have ever made in my entire life and it will stay that way. 

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word, what would it be and why?

Awe-inspiring. That is my one word of summing up my experience of Glyndwr University so far. It's a place where there is nothing you cannot do. Nothing you cannot be. No one will judge you for being you. Everything is just perfect for you, for me, for everyone. That is my reason behind all my experiences and emotions. I just love it and I never want to leave. 

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