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Agony aunt: homesickness at university

11 months ago / 0 comments

“I’ve been struggling with homesickness since arriving at university. What is your advice for someone who misses being at home?” Many people say you are going to miss home when you eventually leave ‘the nest’.  And it’s true. I remember struggling the first few nights at university, and thinking, ‘How … Read More

Why Hong Kong?

11 months ago / 0 comments

In Leeds, I found that whenever someone asked me where I was spending my year abroad, they expected me to say Australia, Canada, America, or sometimes even New Zealand. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their expression after I said I was going to Hong Kong. It was nice to surprise them … Read More

Mental health: emphasis on invisible

11 months ago / 0 comments

Throughout my teenage years, I have met people with varying forms of mental illness, at varying stages and degrees. There isn’t one definable factor that connects them, and there is no checklist that applies. They are all just people who have suffered, often in a very private way. I have … Read More

Black history, white writers

11 months ago / 0 comments

Every year when Black History Month comes around, as a white history student, I encounter the dilemma of how involved to be. I am, of course, a huge advocate of promoting Black History, especially as so much has been done over the years to whitewash our textbooks; but perhaps the … Read More

#GoYellow for Shine

11 months ago / 0 comments

October has become a popular month of fundraising for charities across the UK. Recognised campaigns currently running are Stoptober, Go Sober for October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is certainly a time to loosen your purse strings in the name of a good cause. However, there are charities … Read More

Agony aunt: alcohol and peer pressure at university

11 months ago / 0 comments

I don’t drink alcohol, but all my friends do, and whenever they’re drunk I feel like I’m on the outside. I don’t want to compromise on my beliefs, but I’m also tired of feeling like I’m missing out. Any advice? Nowadays, there seems to be a common misconception that all … Read More

LGBT+ Pride: A Celebration of Expression and Love

1 year ago / 0 comments

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

1 year ago / 0 comments

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

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

1 year 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

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

1 year 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