By Emilia Jansson
After a slow start to the semester deadlines are starting to make a comeback. Gone are the days of spending all your Wednesdays at the SU downing as many VKs as you possibly can, and instead you’ll be spending hours inside the library pouring over countless journals and books still trying to wrap your head around the correct way of using the Harvard referencing system. It can feel slightly overwhelming at times which is when taking a break is a good idea to clear your head. Taking a day off and doing something other than studying is guaranteed to make you go back to the library with a happier mind.
There are many opportunities in and around Cardiff and St Fagans national museum is a good balance of being close to the university, but still a bit further away. It may only be a 20 minute bus ride away from the city centre but it feels like you’re far away from Cardiff. Over 40 different buildings from different time periods have been re-erected on the land and gives you the chance to explore the history of Wales with your friends (for free!). A visit to the beautiful castle situated in the stunning garden is a good way to end the day before heading back to Cathays.
If you don’t feel like venturing that far away from the university there are many cute cafés in the city centre. A personal favourite is the Plan cafe in the Morgan Arcade which has even been featured in The Independent’s Top 50 UK Coffee shops. Another café to check out is Brod – a Danish bakery which was founded just over two years ago. Situated in Canton it offers many delicious Danish pastries and gives you the chance to finally understand what the craze about hygge actually is.
The Chapter Arts Centre is also located in Canton and has a range of different opportunities to get involved with. It describes itself as a cultural space for showcasing film, art and drama but also offers different lessons such as Flamenco, Yoga and Zumba.
A trip to Cardiff Bay on a sunny day is always a good choice. Have a look at the beautiful Wales Millennium Centre and stroll along the promenade to the Norwegian church or enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants in Mermaid quay.
University is important but taking care of yourself and your mental health is crucial. Taking some time out for studying will relax you and also make it easier when you have to return to the books and essay writing.