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Refresher: a second-year’s experience in Freshers’ Week

“Are you a first- or second year?” were the words I heard most often during Freshers’ Week. Any other year, this may have been a strange question – wasn’t Freshers’ Week a first-year experience? It was the rite of passage for new university students. But this year, there were hundreds of second-years descending on the […]

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I hate clubbing. There, I said it

Sticky floors, everyone crammed into a tight dance floor, dancing awkwardly to barely understandable and overbearingly loud music. Your friends are leaving you to jump up and down with a couple of Welsh tourist boys they met 5 minutes ago. The unavoidable sickness afterwards from too much tequila or the spread of freshers flu. Whenever […]

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ISAAC JULIEN: Lessons of the Hour

National Gallery Scotland, Modern One. Until October 10th 2021 Fredrick Douglass asked: What is a slave to the fourth of July?  The most photographed American in the 19th century, yet frequently forgotten by history, Douglass was born into slavery, became a free famed orator, novelist, statesman, philosopher, intellectual and freedom-fighter.  International acclaimed artist Isaac Julien creates […]

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A Language Guerrilla on Art Writing

An open letter to new art writers about the revolutionary power of refusing inaccessible art language To whoever is taking their first steps into the world of arts, whether in academia or as a profession. To whoever comes next: filled with expectations and a love for the arts, well-spoken in a language which is not […]

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How to survive an English Literature degree

Emily Moffett is a third-year English Literature student. Welcome, first years, to the world of an English Literature student. My name is Emily and I’ll be your guide today. Don’t worry, only a couple of years ago, I was in your shoes. I was nervous and intimidated. But now, I’m comfortable and confident when I […]

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Top 5 Edinburgh Art Galleries to Visit This Freshers

Even as a history of art student, getting into Edinburgh’s art scene can be overwhelming, with so many galleries dispersed throughout the city. But after doing a grand tour of all the galleries, here is the final five-stop art stroll through the city that you will be able to do this freshers (art is the […]

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Edinburgh: a book lover’s tour

As covid restrictions are finally gone, it’s a wonderful time to explore our city and some of the unique resources and sites available in our UNESCO City of Literature. For those of you new to town, and to those a little bit more settled, hopefully, this quick guide offers you something to discover and a […]

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A survival kit for Pollock when you DIDN’T go to a pretentious boarding school

Uppingham, Oakham, Oundel, Wellington, Radley…. the list goes on. Coming from northwest London, never did I realise that there were so many boarding schools out there! Entering the hallowed grounds of Pollock halls, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. “I only enjoy getting drunk off prosecco.” “I think somebody stole my […]