The best independent coffee shops in Exeter

Having explored my University city over the past few weeks I have come up with a list of the best places to check out if you're ever in town. With the second lockdown well underway, supporting local businesses is key to their survival, so grab yourself a takeaway coffee with a friend! Below are the…

University: A Half Term Review

Isolation, curfews, online teaching and groups of six. Although an accurate description of university so far, it doesn’t cast a very positive light on a new exciting, independent life. Instead, let me rephrase: new friendships, the enjoyment of learning, nights out & the exploration of beautiful places. Yet, reality is somewhere in the middle, always…

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9 women of ages 14-85 answer the same question: ‘What one piece of advice would you give to someone younger than you?’

As I begin to transition into another new chapter in my life, one of greater independence, study and responsibility; and with this extended period of time at home – it has given me the chance to reflect on what I’ve learnt and how much I still have to learn. But learning from others, those who…

The ultimate running playlist: why music helps us run better

Running for me is a great stress reliever and is just as important for my mental health as it is for my physical health – but the difference between a good run and a great run can be whether I listen to music or not. Humans are hardwired to respond to rhythm, and it is…

Ethical and Sustainable fashion brands to celebrate

The latest fashion trend isn’t seasonal colour or print, but rather it’s the concept of ethical and sustainable fashion. As ‘fast fashion’ is cheap and is intended for short term purposes, with the fashion industry emitting more carbon dioxide than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Whereas, ‘sustainable fashion’ is the simply the opposite, it…

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The Body Positivity movement: does it work?

There is no question that a movement has been growing over the past few years. A movement where women are waking up to the unhealthy and negative portrayal of body image that the diet and media culture has spun for decades. Now people are beginning to find peace and acceptance with their bodies, creating an…

Top ten tips for surviving online learning

Having now completed two weeks of online school, navigating the inevitable mishaps and fun moments of online learning, I have come up with my top 10 tips for surviving online learning... 1.    Make sure your teacher has a cute pet they can show you to aid your learning There is no better motivation than your…