The Student Loans Company has always been an enigmatic public burden - a costly but necessary evil that allows Britain to foster young talent and train the leaders of tomorrow. In turn, these government-funded loans go on to perpetuate a forward-thinking attitude that willingly takes on the risk of investing in people rather than a plethora of tangible, short-term cash cows. Well, apparently the government has decided investing in people is no longer worth the risk...
What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where could the coalition sink to next?
When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.
I work part-time during the holidays and attempt to cling on to my wages for as long as possible during term time but I am starting to miss the monthly boost to my bank account that takes a violent drop as soon as I return to university. With these pressures of spending becoming almost expected, it appears that student budgeting is far more complicated than meets the eye...
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. Now, however, I am about to start my third year at Swansea University and I am so happy to be back in my student house with permanent bottles of wine in the fridge in favour of actual food, permanent damp and occasional mice.
This autumn, for the second year in a row, the number of young people going to university will fall. Three years on from the decision to increase tuition fees, the coalition's promise that the hike in the cost of higher education would help universities and not hinder applicants has been found wanting.
The most common question people ask about depression is 'How do you know the difference between depression and just feeling sad?'. What marks me and all the others who suffer from depression out from people who are just down in the dumps, feeling the weight of the world or having a bit of a crap day? It's an interesting question, not least because it's one that doctors have to deal with on a daily basis.