Category : Blogs

The value of young adult literature, and why it transcends age boundaries

3 days ago / 0 comments

It’s summer. Which for most of us, means catching up on the things we miss out on during the academic year, like reading for leisure. I was recently scanning the Young Adult (YA) section of my local Waterstones, when a worrying question was asked of me. At what age are … Read More

Leeds Pride: why the celebration is vital to equality

1 week ago / 0 comments

I had never attended Leeds Pride until last Saturday, after meaning to visit the previous year but unfortunately being away for the weekend. This time, I grasped the opportunity with both hands. I’ll admit that I did not know what to expect. Whilst I had spoken to the organisers prior … Read More

The Safari Diaries: Day 2

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

What people forget to tell you about Africa is that it gets cold there, too – colder than you would expect, especially out in the Savannah. That’s why at 6 a.m. on my second day in South Africa I set off to see the elephants looking like this: Despite nearly freezing … Read More

“Beauty Without Bunnies”: Consumer Power and the Fall of Cult Beauty Brands

1 month ago / 0 comments

It’s 2017, and the scope of influence for public opinion is increasing by the day. Think about it. In the world of industry, success relies on the public. We’re a tangible force to be reckoned with, living in an era where a series of bad Trip Advisor reviews can ruin … Read More

LGBT+ Pride: A Celebration of Expression and Love

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During high school, I never knew I was gay. It sounds ridiculous to say now, partially because I’d actually consider myself bisexual, but up until the age of 18 I had never really thought of myself as queer. I’d always had girl crushes, but never explored the idea that they … Read More

The Safari Diaries: Day 1

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Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by wildlife. When I was eight my mom bought a collection of National Geographic documentaries, each film focussed on a different animal, and I spent all summer watching and re-watching the movies. I think that was when I decided I needed … Read More

Disordered Eating Habits: Why the High School Curriculum Isn’t Helping

2 months ago / 0 comments

High school is an influential social environment – a place where children are in constant comparison and competition with each other. It is also promoted as a safe space, but what if the two claims are unable to co-exist? The content of the curriculum in subjects such as dance, physical … Read More

Why the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a disastrous decision

2 months ago / 0 comments

As a resident of planet earth, the fact that US President Donald Trump has announced imminent withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement is, quite frankly, terrifying. The agreement, reached in 2015, is the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement involving 195 countries and supported by 260 global corporations. A replacement for … Read More

Body positivity: the ‘perfect body’ does not exist

2 months ago / 0 comments

In this world social media presents us with models with very small frames, muscular frames, or whatever else is deemed fashionable – and we’re told this is the ‘perfect’ body. This leads to many young girls and boys becoming insecure about the way they look, potentially leading them to starve … Read More

The ‘Micky Mouse’ degree: media degrees deserve more credit

2 months ago / 0 comments

Amidst the plethora of essays that I’m currently working on (supposed to working on, anyway), it is difficult to take out time to pen down something. Yes, let us go back to the time when writing was romanticized by the traditions of pen and paper – a writer can dream! I … Read More