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Meet the Team: Talybont RLAs

By ResLife 01 Aug 2021

Your Talybont RLAs live on-site with you and will be running events for you throughout the year. Meet them below!


Name: Daniele
Hometown: Modena, Italy
Course: PhD Modern Languages and Music
Academic Year: Third Year

Hobbies: Music (listening and playing piano), video games, foreign and old films.
Describe yourself in three words: Positive, easy-going and helpful.
Message to the students in your Residence: Welcome to Cardiff and Uni residences! I look forward to meeting and chatting to as many of you as I can at our events and Coffee Lounges. This is my third year in Cardiff and in Res Life, I have quite a bit of experience in living in residences and in the city. I hope I can be a helpful and a positive presence for, along with the whole Res Life team, and that we can make your time here as enjoyable as possible!


Name: Ruth
Hometown: London
Course: Medicine
Academic Year: Third year
Hobbies: Spoken word poetry, roller-skating and D.I.Y
Describe yourself in three words: Bubbly, polite and friendly.

Message to the students in your Residence: We're here for you, find us in our red tops for a free cuppa and chat down at Taly Social Centre. Can't wait to see you :)


Name: Merula
Hometown: Wellington, Telford
Course: Environmental Geoscience
Academic Year: Fourth Year

Hobbies: Art and drawing, fashion, sewing, and rocks! No one gives rocks enough credit, they’re great.
Describe yourself in three words: Environmentalist rock lover
Message to the students in your Residence: Starting out in university accommodation is always a scary experience but we're here to make it as easy for you as possible. Also, time tends to fly at university, so make the most of this year because it won't last as long as you think! I look forward to a great year with you all! 


Name: Favour
Hometown: London
Course: Law and Criminology 
Academic Year: Third Year

Hobbies: Reading, travelling and exploring new hobbies.
Describe yourself in three words: 90 year-old grandma!
Message to the students in your Residence: Explore the city and enjoy the experience. Believe in yourself when things get hard! We’ve got this \(*v*)/


Name: Emilie 
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Course:  Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy 
Academic Year:  Second Year

Hobbies: I enjoy exercising, trying out new recipes and catching up with my friends and family
Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, approachable and open
Message to the students in your Residence: Don’t be afraid to seek support! It is normal to experience stress when transitioning to university. The Residence Life team and the wider Cardiff University team are committed to ensuring you feel as supported as possible-personally, financially and academically. As my Mum often reminds me ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. 


Name: Alonso
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Course: Business Management
Academic Year: Fourth Year

Hobbies: Photography, drawing, crafting, playing musical instruments and reading.
Describe yourself in three words: Determined, trustworthy and friendly.
Message to the students in your Residence: Hi everybody, I’m excited to begin the new academic year as an RLA and excited to meet you all as well!


Name: Yassir
Hometown: London, UK
Course: Civil Engineering
Academic Year: Final Year

Hobbies: Travelling, hiking, camping, learning different languages and cultures, meeting new people, football, volleyball, geography and history.
Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, calm and understanding.
Message to the students in your Residence: Welcome to your residences at Talybont I wish you a pleasant and wonderful year ahead at this life changing site. My job is to make sure that you’re provided with a joyous experience at your stay in halls. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to let us know! We’re always happy to help no matter what the situation is. Catch us at the Talybont Social Centre and we will be there to assist!


Name: Nicole (Nic)

Hometown: Luton

Course: Biomedical Science

Academic year: Third Year

Hobbies: I love cooking, listening to music, talking about dinosaurs, and going on hikes.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Funny, honest, and caring. 

Message to the students in your residence: Don't feel pressured to have the university experience you see on tv, each persons' experience is unique. Just do whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable. 


Name: Vrinda
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Course: Psychology
Academic Year: Second Year
Hobbies: I love dancing, taking time in laps of nature, trying new makeup skills and painting!
Describe yourself in three words: Unapologetic, warm and unfiltered.

Message to the students in your Residence: Enjoy your time at the university , take your sweet time to progress, don't compare your achievements to anyone and Rome wasn't built in a day so everything you do is a process and remember slow and steady always wins the race.


Name: Maysoon
Hometown: Jordan
Course: Education and Sociology
Academic Year: Second Year
Hobbies: Acting and playing any type of sport!
Describe yourself in three words: Kind, friendly and easy-going.

Message to the students in your Residence: Take a deep breath and know that this is just the start to a new journey in your life. Be yourself, meet new people and make this a memorable experience in your life! Also remember, whenever things get hard, you are not alone and we are all here to be there for you, you got this!!


Name: Anirudh
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Course: PhD Damage Detection in Composite Structures
Academic Year: First Year
Hobbies: Music, cooking, podcasts and walking.
Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, thoughtful, ambitious.

Message to the students in your Residence: Welcome to Talybont residences! Throughout your stay here try to be sociable so that you never feel alone. Be understanding and respectful to your fellow flat mates. Eat well, sleep well, cook something delicious or befriend someone who can ;). I look forward to meeting all of you. All the best!


Name: Kayleigh
Hometown: Cornwall
Course: Physical Geography
Academic Year: Second Year
Hobbies: Surfing, hiking and football.
Describe yourself in three words: Chatty, bubbly and energetic.

Message to the students in your Residence: Make your time here at Cardiff unique to you !! Although moving into halls can be daunting at times, embrace the opportunity to make new friends, explore the city and make your time here your own :)


Name: Bonnie (Lele)
Hometown:  China
Course: Journalism Studies
Academic Year: Writing Up Year

Hobbies: Travel, sports and growing plants.
Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, patient and approachable.
Message to the students in your Residence: Hello everyone, welcome to the university to start a new journey. We hope you enjoy living here and your time at uni, making new friends and trying somethings new. We are here to support and help you, and we are looking forward to seeing you!


Name: Zainab
Hometown: Newcastle upon Tyne
Course: Operating Department Practice
Academic Year: Third Year
Hobbies: Cooking
Describe yourself in three words: Fun, kind and caring.
Message to the students in your Residence: You’re not alone! We are here to assist in making your stay enjoyable and successful.


Name: Yaseen
Hometown: Cardiff
Course: Medical Pharmacology
Academic Year: Second Year
Hobbies: Baking, gymnastics and learning languages.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, attentive and inquisitive.
Message to the students in your Residence: Welcome to Residence Life! I am excited to be one of your RLAs this academic year and hope your time during this year is memorable and successful.


Name: Tala
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Course: Media, Journalism and Culture
Academic Year: Second Year

Hobbies: Cooking, blogging, art and fashion :)
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, approachable and charismatic.
Message to the students in your Residence: The fire alarm drills still scare me every single week.


Name: Armaan
Hometown: London
Course: Sociology
Academic Year: First Year
Hobbies: Badminton, baking, reading and listening to music.
Describe yourself in three words: Helpful, reliable and patient.
Message to the students in your Residence: University is a big change... just breathe and take it one step at a time and if you feel like it's getting too much, don't be afraid to reach out. We're all here to help this change be as easy and enjoyable as possible.

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