A day after my 20th birthday I 'ghosted' my best friend Gemma*. Feeling particularly hungover after a night clubbing we had our very first fight, where eight years of toxic resentment surfaced. I then deleted her off all social media sites, blocked her number and never spoke to her again. I never told her the real reason why either.
A student's health is already compromised at the beginning of the university year, with the infamous 'Freshers Flu' and countless self-induced hangovers. An old mattress is likely to trigger additional health problems, as well as leading to poor sleep.
Whenever freedoms come in to opposition like this, it is a challenge for liberals like I to pick a side, but in this case, I am steadfast in my belief that the freedom to be, is greater than the freedom to discriminate - and that's what this bakery has done.
From the outside the a mental health condition is invisible to the eye, hidden deep inside a person's brain. Nobody can see the internal battle that an individual has to face every single day. It is not a choice. It becomes the individuals normality a life with routines, patterns, rituals that have to be done to keep the anxiety at bay.
As a rule, I tend to the nitty-gritty of my daily life separate from my writing. But, a recent experience reminded me of an issue that doesn't really make it into the mainstream media nowadays - Brexit, Trump and Putin in Syria leave very little space for anything else. The issue is LGBT rights in immigrant and ethnic minority communities.
And when the exchange of lessons and findings from all the participating institutions are combined during the SEC2U week, support networks can be strengthened across Europe, enhancing the recognition of how universities, startups and local communities can work more closely together for the benefit of all.
As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.
The term 'digital influencer' could be applied to a variety of individuals and brands. From celebrities who market themselves through their digital presence, to long established press whose engaging commentaries thrive online.
Of course, polls can be wildly incorrect. Elections are wildly unpredictable. It not completely impossible that Corbyn could convert the masses to an extent that would give him a mandate to fully implement his socialist policies without bending on a single principal. But, just like Venezuela, Britain would go bust.
Now, I love books as much as the next English graduate with a Waterstones club card, but even I know that people cannot always be comprehensively understood from a piece of paper or reductive application form. People are people, with complex lives and stories to tell. Maybe they weren't brought into the world wanting to be an (insert job title here), but they may just have it in them to make a bloody good go of it anyway.
The news had been announced just forty-eight hours before, in a televised address to the nation which stated that a one-year mourning period would take place across Thailand. What would it be like to be a tourist in a country mourning their greatest national treasure?
The world is a little darker without you in it. A little duller. Your laugh no longer bounces off the walls of the house. Your arms no longer gather me into a hug when I walk through the door. Your smile doesn't greet me as I come up the drive.
Today you may see someone with a learning disability on posters, TV adverts on in newspapers and magazines. I hope this is our chance for the public to really understand what a learning disability is, that we're not defined by our disability and for us to have a real voice in society.
The one piece of advice I can give to anyone who has been adopted, is to be proud. Proud to be where you are today, to have been saved from that horrible beginning of your life, proud of how brave the people who took you in were, and ignore all the ridiculous comments of people who are too closed-minded to understand all of this.