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Let’s Talk about obituaries

Condensing 94 years of life into 500 words is a difficult task. But should it be impossible? My GG died two days ago. Everyone flew down to Texas and she passed away surrounded by family members. I should have been there, but I wasn’t, due to Covid-19 restrictions. While sitting in my Edinburgh flat, I […]

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I Am the Child of an Immigrant

CW: Xenophobia, racism I am the child of an immigrant, a first-generation American, in a family that dates back to three continents. A 9/11 baby, I grew up in an America much like the one today. A society fuelled by racism and xenophobia, intolerant to anyone who looks different, acts different or believes in other […]

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A letter to my pre-pandemic self

Dear past me, Stop whatever you’re doing right now and buy stocks in zoom…I know you don’t know what that it is yet, but trust me, you will be best friends with it by the end of the year.  Remember how you always said you wished to live through an important historical moment? Well, buckle […]

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What I’ve Learned as a Care Assistant

All names used in this article are fictional to protect identities When starting to write this I thought about what the easiest way to describe my job is. By title I am a Care Assistant, but, as with so many things, titles and labels don’t really cut the mustard. A day-in-the-life approach might be better […]

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Lifestyle in Lockdown

A collaborative piece from Lifestyle’s editors and writers about what motivates us to get up in the morning, what keeps us sane throughout multiple lockdowns and what we’re looking forward to in the coming months. Karishma Balasubramanian: Lifestyle Editor I like an early start so I wake up at 7am every morning with an existential […]

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Mother’s Day 2021: what to do?

After a year of missed and cancelled celebrations, Mother’s Day is fast approaching. For so many families, our mums are the backbone of emotional and practical support, brought even more into focus during lockdown, where many of us students returned to our family homes. Spending such an extended period at home meant it was easy […]

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The Isolation Series: puppy love in a tumultuous time

A few years ago, my family’s beloved dog passed away at the old age of 14, and my parents swore they wouldn’t get another dog for years. Fast forward to COVID-19 and the prospect of spending the next six months at home with absolutely nothing to do meant that my sister and I were on […]

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Defining ‘home’ as a third culture kid

Freshly labelled ‘university students’ quickly realise the three questions that can provide a gateway into conversation with their new peers: “what do you study?”, “what year are you in?”, and “where are you from?”. The final question, which at a glance should be the easiest to answer, can actually be the most difficult for many. […]