The 21-year-old student, from Bangalore, moved to Wales in 2019 and quickly fell in love with the capital city of Cardiff and all that it has to offer an international student.
With a passion for electric dance music, Anurag opted to study a BSc in in Sound and Live Event Management at the University of South Wales – an opportunity too good to miss.
Over the past two years, Anurag has built many professional connections in an up-and-coming city and has gained valuable work experience – including helping to put on the Inside Out dance festival in Cardiff in 2019, featuring Sean Paul, DJ EZ and Redlight.
Though event management had always been something Anurag had enjoyed, he thought the career was limited to organising weddings and small events. It wasn’t until he was busy installing light effects and helping with stage set-ups for the artists, that he realised just where his career could take him.
Through studying in Wales, Anurag has been given many unique opportunities to further his career. He has also enjoyed taking part in university life, often attending events and socials put on by local societies and in his role as president of the Indian Society, Anurag has been pivotal in leading a community of Indian students within the university. Speaking to Indian students in the process of moving, helping them with the logistics of travel and even playing a part in forging friendship groups.
Since moving to Cardiff, Anurag believes he has become the best version of himself and he is now looking forward to a bright future in festival management, with plans to stay in the country to find work after his degree has finished.
The welcoming culture and accepting attitudes in Wales have meant that Anurag is able to make the most of his student experience – and he would encourage any other students thinking of studying in the UK to consider Wales.
Being in Wales has helped me solidify my future and what I want to do, who I want to be and what I want to become. I’m inspired to shoot higher than I thought I could. That is part of the reason I feel so passionately about Wales