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‘I seriously thought I wasn’t going to see my 22nd birthday’

Tik Tok star Michelle Rowe is well known for putting a comedic spin on her battle with cancer. Now finally in remission, she tells Millie Steptoe her story. For the past year as the world battled a pandemic, Michelle Rowe has been fighting a completely different battle of her own. But today, that battle has come to […]

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Health

‘I needed desperate help because the voices in my head were ruining my life’

Lori Tarry, 21, is a seemingly confident, dance student at De Montfort University, Leicester. But underneath her exterior, lies a dark and turbulent struggle. She takes Claudia Montague through her journey of living with Obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was Lori’s 19th birthday, a day for celebration and  laughter. Instead, she looked frantic, tipping out the contents […]

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Real Life

‘I was living out of a backpack… at home’

Beatriz De Valejo E Silva Abreu Ferreira tells Sonia Raju her story of how the pandemic suddenly ended her experience as an international student and how she survived being back home with only backpack of belongings. Beatriz De Valejo E Silva Abreu Ferreira, 22, from Lisbon, Portugal is currently year of university and studies Journalism […]

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‘I was finally starting to feel at home… then Amsterdam shut down overnight’

Exchanging the comfortable city of Luton for Amsterdam was a big deal for Jordan Wilson. It was her first time living in a foreign country, and she wanted the inspiration to figure out who she was. Sonia Raju shares how COVID-19 cut her year abroad short. You can imagine the 21-year-old’s disappointment as coronavirus forced […]

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social media: fantasy vs reality

I do not have Instagram. Yes, you read that right. A 22-year-old woman who doesn’t have Instagram. When I reveal this fact to a new friend with a set of hopeful eyes awaiting to hear the sweet words of my @ name, their expression drops, like I’m ten-headed alien from another galaxy…

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Entertainment

The fish crisis – What we can learn from ‘Seaspiracy’

March 24, 2021, Netflix premiered an original documentary about the fishing industry and the devastating impact it is having on our planet. If you haven’t watched it yet – I urge you to do so…before it’s too late As someone who loves the ocean, I didn’t hesitate to watch Seaspiracy as soon as it was released. My […]

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XENOPHOBIA (def. WIKIPEDIA) – THE FEAR OR HATRED OF THAT WHICH IS PERCEIVED TO BE FOREIGN OR STRANGE

Maryia Lall talks about vodka, bears, Putin and stereotypes Every time I say that I’m Russian I get a look and one of the following scenarios unfolds:1.“Oh… Have you ever met Putin?”…

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Enough – It’s time to protect women

Sarah Everard. She is not the first, nor will she be the last woman murdered on our streets. Her death has shocked the nation, why? Because as she walked home from her friends’ house at 9pm, talking to her boyfriend on the phone and spotted in various different CCTV footage, she still fell victim to […]

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‘I WISH I COULD SAY TO HIM – LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO MY COUNTRY, IT’S DROWNING IN THE BLOOD OF ITS OWN PEOPLE’

Alexandra Zhykh talks to Maryia Lall about Belarusian presidential election 2020, police brutality, fear, the “new normality” and the power of people coming together after 26 years of agonising dictatorship. Alexandra Zhykh stood at a zebra crossing late at night in the middle of Minsk, capital of Belarus, on August 10th, 2020. The light changed […]

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“KILLTHEBILL” – WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

Whose freedom is compromised by the latest bill and why we should care ‘Do you realise what that new police law thing means?’ I ask my partner one evening…