Emily is a LLB Law graduate from The University of York. She is passionate about travelling, social justice and volunteering.
Emily has helped set up a legal clinic in Spain, managed a charity, delivered a talk at Oxford Union and published a support booklet for children whose parents separate.
During the first six months of this year, I was depressed and it felt like the world was crashing in on me. My friend had passed away at the prime of their life, one of my relatives was undergoing tests to see if they had cancer, both of my cats had died and I had significant academic pressure as I was in the last year of university as well as growing uncertainty about the future. This period of my life was a complete blur and it still is.
There will be a time when the tensions will be played out but until that time, I will keep speaking out against human rights whilst still maintaining my passion for adventures. We should raise our children to be Otto Warmbier's rather than Trumps/Kim Jong-un's.
For a long time, I have struggled with my hearing but never mentioned it because it doesn't bother me in the slightest. After returning from Hong Kong last year, I realised it was about time I did something about it.
The best thing about being young is the fact that we have so many opportunities to look forward to. When I graduate, there are so many things I can't wait to do from moving to London to hiking the Grand Canyon. My best years are still to come and I plan on embracing life in any way I can.
One thing I've learnt from my parents' divorce is that no one is perfect. We all have our flaws, grave mistakes and our positives. One of my favourite quotes is 'We accept the love we think we deserve'. When you have been raised on criticism, abuse and threats, it's only a matter of time before you start to think it's true.
The enormity of divorce scares me to the core every time. Every time I meet someone who is lonely after divorce, or speaks about the effects of divorce or even see it on a soap opera, the challenges divorce presents shocks every time.
I've been home nearly two months after living in Hong Kong for ten months. Whilst I'm glad to be home, I can't wait until I graduate so I can experience more of the world but I'm over the shock of being home.
I'm turning twenty-three soon and I don't know what I am going to do when I graduate next year. I'm not going to make any immediate plans but see how life takes its course. To me, that's the beauty of life. I intend to soak up every moment because who knows how much time we each have left?
A maintenance grant provided me with hope and confidence that I did belong at university. Without the grant, I would never have entertained the prospective of university. This government seems hell bent on severely restricting the options of minority groups and reinforcing the stereotype that only the privilege should attend university.
9th April 2012 was the day my parents decided to separate. The date of their separation will always stay with me as my life rapidly changed after. Decisions such as 'What shall we have for dinner tonight?' suddenly changed to decisions concerning whether me and my sisters will still be able to live together...
19/01/2016 09:50 GMT
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