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Brexit Hits Home

As a South Korean student, Brexit really has nothing to do with me. I still had to stand in a massive queue to get my Tier 4 student visa and sort through complicated documentation to prove that yes, I actually do have an international guarantor and I won’t be scamming any landlord of their rent. […]

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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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How hybrid is your hybrid learning?

With the new academic year beginning, many students waited to hear about how hybrid the hybrid learning at Edinburgh would be. Following an email at the end of last semester, the Vice Principle assured students they would have more in-person teaching next semester compared to the previous year, which for many of us was nothing.  […]

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Five lockdown charity shop alternatives

Lockdown(s) have triggered us all to take conscious steps towards improving our lives. For many, this has taken the form of clutter clear outs and closet purges, making way for a minimalist ‘new you’. Now that the sunny weather is finally making an appearance in Edinburgh, your spring clean senses might be tingling even more. […]

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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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LGBT+ Lifestyle

No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]

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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. […]

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Feeling Stuck with Indefinite Freedom

Superstitious as I am, I was prepared for bad news when Friday the 13th rolled around last March. That particular Friday was spent with a friend in Edinburgh’s infamous Vodka Revolution; sipping on popping-candy espresso martinis, followed by a walk through the Meadows, slightly buzzed and very content. The news then broke that not only […]