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The Truth Behind the Year Abroad: Planning & Preparation

If you know someone spending a year abroad in Australia, you may have noticed that the dribble of year abroad posts on social media has already begun. Prepare yourself: it will only get worse. In fact, in less than a month, I will be flying halfway across the world to start my own year abroad in the US, and so, I’ll soon be adding my … Continue reading The Truth Behind the Year Abroad: Planning & Preparation

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FCK GVT, FCK BORIS

Sat in Russell Square yesterday, too hot to think, a young girl handed me a card containing information entitled “ADVICE ON ARREST.” She reeled off her well-rehearsed speech that highlighted the essentials (which solicitor’s number to call, what to say to the police etc.) and moved on to the next group. I slipped the card into my back pocket, feeling slightly confronted. At a time in which my capacity for rage appears limitless, I, and the swarm of angry people beginning to gather around me on this sweltering day in July, were organising. Continue reading FCK GVT, FCK BORIS

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Review: Toy Story 4

After hearing that Pixar had decided to release a fourth movie in the Toy Story saga, I was filled with multiple emotions – sure enough there was a lot of excitement but there was also a creeping sense of dread. After the emotional rollercoaster ride that was Toy Story 3, it seemed we had said our goodbyes to the toys, just as Andy does, in … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

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ZERO: Exeter’s Progress Towards Zero-Waste

Although we as a planet have always been aware of our waste output, in recent years the crippling truth and responsibility have become a reality for individuals. Consumers are becoming more educated about what products are made from and their impacts. In the media we are quick to highlight the high quantity of plastic items used at home, single-use plastic packaging in stores and the waste produced by fast fashion. Yet, because these things are such a regular part of our lives, it seems almost alien to consider a life without them. Continue reading ZERO: Exeter’s Progress Towards Zero-Waste

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Media Coverage of Migrant Crises: The Politicisation of Suffering?

The bodies of Salvadoran Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria were found washed up on the banks of the Rio Grande, after an attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. A viral image of Valeria’s arm around her father’s neck as they lie face down has since captivated the media’s attention, giving rise to heated debates on the ethics of hard-hitting images. Despite the photograph being used to advance certain political agendas, what it is depicting cannot be ignored: human suffering.   Continue reading Media Coverage of Migrant Crises: The Politicisation of Suffering?

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So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård

Short trousers, redcurrants, summer rain, campsites, tears, electric hand mixers, intelligence, ice cubes, skin and plums. These are some of the objects and phenomena that Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgård describes in his book, Summer. Continue reading So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård

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Being Ready: Confessions of a 20-year-old Virgin

I’ve found that being a virgin at 20 seems to warrant three types of general reactions:

The nurse with wide eyes in the Sidwell Sexual Health Clinic congratulating me wildly, whilst I sat awkwardly waiting for her to give me my first pack of contraceptive pills.
The immediate labelling of me as “frigid” or a “prude”, words to this day that I really fucking hate.
Slight embarrassment/awkwardness, like the way people looked at me during my first game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ in Freshers’ Week, when I was the only one that didn’t drink to ‘never have I ever had sex.’ Continue reading Being Ready: Confessions of a 20-year-old Virgin