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Why I Think I'm Even Better Than Samantha Brick

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2013 | (15:22)

Britain's favourite whipping girl has once again leaped with suicidal abandon into the lion's den of the Mail Online. Samantha 'I'm So Beautiful' Brick's latest article on her unending attempts to police her appearance included a rather worrying account of a phase she went through in her youth...

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'When Are You Getting Married?' and Other Terrifying Questions

(1) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (16:26)

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I see that yet another classmate has got engaged. An Instagrammed image of the thrilled bride-to-be's engagement ring is bound to pop up on my screen soon, the thought of which makes me sigh. I don't exhale with the stereotypical wistful envy, in fact I...

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Facebook: The Politics of Defriending

(4) Comments | Posted 19 February 2013 | (23:00)

"I'm going to have a massive friend purge on Facebook once I have graduated," said my friend, trying her best to hide the cathartic rage flickering in her eyes, previously only seen in Tarantino films before someone fires a couple of hundred rounds into their sworn enemy.

As I near...

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Can We Afford to Dream?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (13:44)

There are some dreams that I hope never come true. The one where I was put in charge of a temperamental talking rabbit with body dysmorphia, for instance. However, like every other graduate-to-be, I have dreams about my future that I really hope become a reality. Despite my enthusiasm for...

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How Beyoncé Helped Me Get Over Intern Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2013 | (14:20)

The last time I had felt so awkward was when I was convinced that I was the most conspicuous virgin at the school disco. Anxiety had pounced. How was I going to pretend to be normal for two whole weeks of an internship?

Don't get me wrong, I was very...

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Champagning: Don't Tar Us All With the Same Brush

(5) Comments | Posted 13 December 2012 | (13:32)

The latest St Andrews PR fail taking the internet by storm is 'champagning'. Modelled on the 'milking' craze, which sees the young and lactose tolerant pour dairy products over their heads, the Youtube video in question saw St Andrews students cavort under streams of bubbly.

Soon the student magazines...

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A Scottish Student on Scottish Independence

(13) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (15:02)

What are Scots known for? Irn Bru, deep frying, consequent obesity figures on the news, and now wanting independence from the rest of the UK. The outside world basically perceives us as lardy William Wallaces with sugar dependencies.

However, most people I know in Scotland seem very ambivalent about the...

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Why I Rejected a Grad Scheme

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2012 | (15:09)

One of the scariest things about graduating from university is the lack of structure and financial security awaiting the ex-student. You can't just sign up for a few modules to fill up your time, and the student loans company no longer just plops a monthly sum in your account for...

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The Student and the Skype Interview

(1) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (14:26)

My previous experiences with video chat were limited to Skype sessions with my mum, in which we have competitions to see who can do the best impression of my toy sheep, and the scantily clad ladies 'near you', who pop up in internet ads, brandishing a frightening-looking sex toy. So,...

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Where is My Life?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (21:07)

It was 'Raisin Sunday' in St Andrews not long ago. It is the town's annual apocalyptic drinking binge which sees Freshers wander the streets (often tied together) like inebriated zombies. Their Third Year 'parents' are responsible for this carnage, and are usually not much more sober than their dear children....

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