Category : Features

Volunteering Abroad: Do You Only Get What You Give?

12 months ago / 0 comments

This summer, I undertook a volunteering placement in Senegal, West Africa, doing a care placement to help street children, called ‘Talibés’, in a volunteer centre. Talibés are young boys aged from as young as three to twenty-one years old, who have been sent into urban areas to go to school … Read More

Life as a ‘Third Culture Kid’

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Does your accent change depending on who you’re talking to? Do you randomly slip foreign slang into your sentences? Have you spent absurd amounts of time on airplanes? If the answer to those questions is mostly a yes, you belong to the puzzling yet intriguing category of the Third Culture … Read More

Is Teetotal the Future for Nights out?

12 months ago / 0 comments

The Gryphon explores the growing trend of teetotalism amongst today’s students. When you think of Freshers Week, it’s impossible to avoid images of Jagerbombs, vomit, and the sticky VK stained steps of Fruity. But this might not always be the case.  The Office for National Statistics found that 16-24 year … Read More

Group Chats on Social Media: Friend or Foe?

1 year ago / 0 comments

The Gryphon explores the pros and cons of group chats on social media forums, their effects upon friendships, mental health, and our collective social interaction. Group chats with people you know well are wholly unlike the chats you have for, say, the group presentation for that module you don’t care too … Read More

MIND THE GAP

1 year ago / 0 comments

As clichéd as it sounds, my ‘gap yah’ really was up there as one of the best years of my life. I had the compulsory ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences and met people from all over the world, which meant I returned home feeling confident with a readiness to tackle … Read More

Lost At Sea: my adventures down under

1 year ago / 0 comments

A combination of reasons led to my wanting to take a year out from university. The prospect of graduating was looming like a great dust cloud, billowing on the horizon ready to engulf me when least expecting to then spit me up on an employer’s doorstep, inexperienced and clueless. I’d … Read More

How to become a Travel Writer with Megan Eaves from Lonely Planet

1 year ago / 0 comments

Getting paid to travel the world and write about your experiences is a job many of us can only dream of. Yet for Megan Eaves, North Asia Destination Editor for Lonely Planet, being a travel writer is her nine to five… Before her talk at the The Business Confucius Institute’s … Read More

Backing singers: 20 feet from stardom

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Meenakshi Parmar describes how we must remember to credit the people that have kept rockstars in the spotlight: the backing singers. Darlene Love. Merry Clayton. Claudia Lennear. Luther Vandross. It’s unlikely that you would have heard of any of these names before. Yet these singers have brought iconic backing vocals … Read More

Portrait of an artist as a young activist

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The Gryphon Features look at the prominence of fake news and the art world’s capacity to question it. Recently one of the most prominent buzzwords in current affairs, bandied around by everybody from readers of the Guardian to angry politics students, is ‘fake news’. This is the notion that what … Read More

Productivity Cheat-Sheet

1 year ago / 0 comments

Kiera Greenwood gives us the complete guide to productivity and acing those uni deadlines. Whether it be your dissertation or just another deadline, we are all feeling the pressure these final few months of the semester. So, how do we make this final term count? One of the primary lessons … Read More