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How NOT to be a good friend

The term ‘friend’ is loosely thrown around nowadays and the basic criteria have been lost. A ‘friend’ is typically described as someone that you like and someone that you know well. However, the building of a friendship at its core is a mark of trust, mutual respect, and genuine care for someone. However, some people […]

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Ground control: Liberty Phelan’s guide to being a good flatmate

“They’re away from their families. They’re away from their friends. They (can’t feel) the sun or the breeze,” – is this quote about first years at Edinburgh uni? No, it’s from a member of NASA’s astronaut selection panel. In looking for advice about flat-sharing, who better to turn to than astronauts; the experts in getting […]

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The lonely pursuit of self-confidence

My relationship with social media is rocky to say the least, and my relationship with my own self-confidence…let’s just say that will always be ‘under construction’. It’s not difficult to see how these two go hand-in-hand in the most anxiety-inducing pairing that, although can connect you to your best friend 5000 miles away, can sometimes […]

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Getting Diagnosed With ADHD At University: What I’ve Learned

The average age of diagnosis for a child with ADHD is between 6 and 12 years old. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 18 and a first year at university, and now that I’m nearing the end of my time at university, I’m reflecting on the experience.  It was at some point during my first […]

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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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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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Status: mentally Love Island, physically lockdown

The third lockdown has not brought much new to my life except a revived obsession with Love Island. Having made my way previously through all the UK seasons, Love Island Australia and briefly flirting with Love Island USA (bad move), I have returned to my former love: Love Island UK Season 3. For those less […]

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A sensitive depiction of trauma and healing: a review of Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Silver Flames

Note: this review contains plot spoilers. In February 2021, Sarah J Maas released the newest instalment of her A Court of Thorns and Roses series, entitled A Court of Silver Flames. Previous books followed the character of Feyre, a human girl brought to Faerie lands who was then turned into a High Fae. Readers watched her escape an […]