I can't remember a time in which I wasn't obsessed with my appearance. There is a harsh, vindictive little critic who sits on my shoulder and breathes his bile into my ear incessantly... He tells me I'm grossly overweight, unattractive, and undesirable. He turns my head towards every reflective surface and excoriates every lump, bump, crease and curve, imagined or otherwise... I no longer feel I have any concept of what I actually look like.
If the young do receive praise, any good behaviour or achievement is regarded as something as rare as a blue moon. The man/woman often appears utterly astonished that someone 'so young' could do 'such a brilliant thing.' ... it is up to us, the young adult population, to 'portray [our]selves the best way [we] can' and to get our voices heard; so it no longer becomes rare but the norm.
When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.
Whether you are going to university or into the job market I hope you'll set out to 'earn and learn' throughout a career that will be all the more rewarding if you do. The retail industry is a good place to do that. It is often a first job for many school leavers and it's a fulfilling place to build a career, providing a lifetime of learning and opportunities.
School sport is exactly where we should be looking to address the discrepancy between male and female participation rates... We know that participation rates among girls are lower, but until we use data to identify and clarify the reasons behind this imbalance, it is difficult to address the problem.
I think it is fair to say I have an adventurous streak. I have hitchhiked and used local transport to cross West Africa and the Sahara Desert, via Timbuktu to Morocco; snow-boarded in the Himalayas; kayaked the White Nile; started an on-going volunteer project in Uganda and also driven a taxi around the world!
Studying to become a vet has been a varied and exciting - if challenging - experience... There are going to be tricky times during your time on the course, not to mention when you're out there working, so try to make absolutely sure this is for you.
How universities can expect Arts students, for example, to pay £9,000 for a reading-based degree with the essential ingredients not included, I don't know... Expensive reading lists are an irritating, tiresome and unnecessary addition to the financial burden already placed on students, and it makes the annual £9,000 tuition fee seem even more of a rip-off than we originally thought.
Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.
'You're young, so nobody takes you seriously. You're young so you have no start up capital available. You're young so you have no time in between studying and managing your social life. The barriers to launching a successful business seem endless. However there is hope.'
Don't be fooled into thinking unpaid internships are an essential stop on the route to graduate employment - there are alternative ways to add to your CV and land a great graduate job without spending months on end in unpaid labour!
HPV does not just give rise to cervical cancer. Types 6 and 11 of the virus gives genital warts which affects both genders. Types 16 and 18 can lead to neck and anal cancer, specifically penile cancer in men... In the UK boys can only get the vaccination, called Gardasil, privately... Is it just that girls should get it free while boys have to pay if they want to protect their health?
Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.
The world is reeling in shock that has been likened to when Michael Jackson died: we simply can't believe it... in the wake of such a sudden departure, we should stop to consider that there are millions of people out there suffering with depression, and not all of them are getting the help that they need.
It may seem a little drastic to compare the need for rest with risk of death. But, in terms of mental and emotional health, I believe it is. Tiredness murders patience and obliterates joy. Chronic tiredness can also crucify confidence, self-esteem and kindness.
'Clearing', the process that helps university applicants without places find institutions with courses that still have places available, can be one of the most stressful periods in the life of a student... Here are some tips to get you and your student successfully through the process.