With exam season fast approaching, it can be a exhausting and pressurising period for many students. A period of time where health ranks lower than that essay due next week, but here are some easy and manageable ways to keep your mental health in check to stay on top of your academic game this exam season...
Growing the numbers of apprenticeships in this country is an issue close to my heart. I remember when hiring staff in my own business, the most important thing I looked for on a CV was experience, not just paper qualifications. Being able to see the knowledge and expertise a young person has gained from learning on the job can really help a business find the right candidate for the role.
This is a decision of a lifetime - and the consequences will affect us FOR a lifetime. It is vital young people should use this opportunity to make their voice heard - and most importantly, to vote decisively to continue to be part of the EU. No one is saying Europe is perfect but it is better to stay in and campaign for change than shouting from the sidelines to little effect.
This referendum is personal - not just to me, but to everyone. I guarantee that, no matter who you are or where you have come from, you have in one way or another benefited from being part of the largest free trade area in the world.
I stood up in front of President Obama, and I told him about the inequalities faced by non-binary people, and held him to account over why transgender people in the US are being discriminated against. With bated breath, I waited as the world media watched me challenge Obama on why countries like the UK don't recognise the existence of non-binary people. I can't tell you how good it felt to breathe again...
Writers should always respect their readers. This can mean challenging people by writing about the most relevant and important stories, certainly, but it also means appreciating a reader's needs and struggles. When a single line can completely change someone's experience as a reader and prevent such great hurt, there is no real justification not to.
Adding 'okay' to your vocabulary is so vital in today's society when there is pressure from every angle. When you're expected to do unpaid overtime, have a 'perfect' house, a 'perfect' body and a 'perfect' social life all at the same time (which, by the way, is entirely unrealistic). You are okay. You really are okay. And most of the time, so am I.
When I first started acting, I knew it was what I wanted to do and I feel very fortunate to have made a career of it. I know how rewarding it can be to do a job you love, but I also know that for many young people starting out in this tough economic climate it can be difficult to get a foot in the door of a career they want. There are thousands of young people out there who are struggling to find their way, facing all kinds of challenges - from physical or mental health problems to a childhood spent in care. Without the right support they can feel isolated and overwhelmed by their circumstances, making it very difficult for them to get where they want to be in life.
The premise was simple: a website that encouraged people to hold their own EU referendum debate at their local pub. I could provide a template for a debate, the campaigns contact details and a list of potential questions - then sit back content in the knowledge that I'd done something.
Admitting that you've slept rough is a difficult thing to do. I've found that the stigma attached to the topic is intense. People sometimes look at you in a certain way. They judge you - whether they mean to or not. You can see it in their eyes. An assumption is made about the sort of person you are. To me, that's wrong.
I voted for Corbyn in the leadership election and I would have not done so if I believed him to be anti-semitic. However, I do believe he needs to denounce some of the platforms he has once shared to help repair a broken Labour party.