Gemma Parry
Originating from the valley of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, I am a third year History Student at the beautiful institution of Swansea University, Wales. I am an aspiring journalist and am incredibly proud to be the Student News Editor of The Waterfront Student Newspaper at Swansea University. Recently, I have undertaken a month of study abroad in America in New Communications and Technologies, which has sparked off a passion for travelling, which I will pursue after I have finished my studies. I currently run a blog, (the link is here) which has been up an running for over a year. I also have my own website where my online portfolio is available. (The link is here)

The opinions posted on this blog belong to me and do not necessarily represent the views of The Huffington Post.

Entries by Gemma Parry

Let's Do Something About Mental Health at Universities

(1) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (00:00)

Recently, I wrote a post about my experience with stigma when applying for a position as a camp counsellor at Camp Canada, a branch of AmeriCamp in their neighbouring country.

I was overwhelmed with the amount of support I received when I came out about it, especially as I was...

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Mental Illness Does Not Define Who I Am

(2) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (00:00)

When I posted a blog about mental health discrimination and stigma about six months back, I'll admit that my experience with it was pretty limited. I'd experienced the odd sideways glance, some people were extra sensitive to my feelings, I was occasionally told to 'man up' or 'cheer...

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Dear Mr Gove - Don't Axe The American Classics

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2014 | (18:02)

Dear Mr Gove,
I woke up yesterday to a news feed awash with fears that you had plans to axe To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the curriculum because they aren't British Classics.

I understand your desire to expose children to books that...

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The Grey Area

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (18:17)

Tesco now has 98 varieties of coffee. It's completely true; I was there just yesterday wandering around the aisle, when it hit me how much damn coffee there is in that place. I'm kind of ashamed to admit I went home and looked up how many varieties there were. How...

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Blurred Lines of Game of Thrones

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (06:04)

Huge spoiler alert coming up - this post is about the latest episode of Game of Thrones. So if you haven't seen it, I suggest you stop reading now.

If you watched the episode that aired on Sunday (Monday for us in Britain), I'm sure you'll remember what scene...

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Thanks For Your Discrimination And Stigma

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (13:14)

Each and every one of us and each and every one of you reading this post has mental health. It's a fact that we often forget, and it is a fact that we should endeavour to remember.

There's a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer...

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You Can Have a Business at University

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (13:53)

About a year ago, my partner sat me down, looked me very seriously in the eye and said,"Gemma, I'm going to start a company."

At that point, we had just finished our second year of university and had a whole year left of higher education; I my Bachelors in History...

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Swansea Students' Union Meltdown?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (04:46)

Several things have happened in my students' union at Swansea University within the last few weeks, leading up to the Full Time Officer Elections, which are starting this week (24th March). It's been an interesting past few weeks, with student participation, awareness and involvement in the students' union at an...

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Should We Ban The Sun Because of Page 3?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (04:47)

This week at Swansea Students' Union, the union put forward a motion to ban the distribution and selling of The Sun and The Daily Star in the on campus shop. Honestly, I've always thought it would come much sooner than this to follow up the banning of lads mags on...

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I'm More Worried About How I'll Look at Graduation Rather Than What Degree I'll Achieve

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2014 | (05:46)

Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but it's true. I am a mere five months away from (hopefully) graduating from university and, rather than being hopeful and foreseeing the day as a chance to celebrate my hard work over the last three years, I am more worried about how...

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Sochi Shows Us That LGBT Issues Still Have A Long Way To Go

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (01:56)

The world will get there on LGBT issues, but as the Sochi Winter Olympics have proven, the world still has a long way to go.

If you've ever read any of my previous blogs on my own site, you will know that I am a firm believer in equality...

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Only Yes Means Yes

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (04:58)

While it is clear to many of us that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the difficulties in communication between the sexes is a subject that has never really been understood. Both men and women, in fact humans in general, often find difficulty in understanding that, sometimes,...

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Merthyr Tydfil Is Not a 'Crap Town'

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (05:06)

For Christmas, my parents gave my boyfriend a book entitled "Crap towns returns", which I'm sure most people have heard of. They gave it to him because they found it hilarious that our own home town, Merthyr Tydfil, featured in it, as it has done many times before because, according...

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Feminist Disney

(0) Comments | Posted 17 January 2014 | (05:00)

When we think of Disney Princesses, we usually conjure up the classic princesses who are delicate, pretty and obsessed with finding their prince, who usually comes in the shape of a man in the peak of physical fitness, toned up, with flowing hair and handsome features. Disney's latest venture, Frozen,...

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Coming Out of Our Closets

(3) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (17:14)

Let's sit back and imagine that you're in the shoes of a specialist, preparing yourself to meet a new patient in your office. You don't know what to expect; you don't know what this person is like and you have no idea what health problem you are going to be...

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Should Pole Fitness Be Banned?

(22) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (15:00)

For those of you who either know me or read this blog regularly you will know several things about me. Firstly, you will know that I go to a wonderful institution called Swansea University, where I am currently studying in my final year of an undergraduate degree in History. Secondly,...

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To Move or Not to Move?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (01:24)

When I first began my university experience all those years ago in 2011, I was one of those annoying people who cried endlessly for their parents and wanted nothing more than to go home. While the other girls I was living with, (and still do live with, thankfully), were making...

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Ten Reasons To Go To University

(5) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (01:00)

Depending where you want to go with your life, students across the country are currently counting the pennies before their student loans come in or rolling in the money that their new full time job has provided. Just as I write this, many students are packing up their lives and...

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Defined Lines

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (21:41)

Has anyone had the chance to watch the feminist version of Robin Thicke's song, Blurred Lines? If not, (where have you BEEN?!) please go and look it up now. Or scroll to the bottom of this blog - it'll be there in all its glory.

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