Calling time on “sexy” Instagram models and the guys that consume their content

The Instagram models that make you feel like shit because you don’t look like that? They don’t even look like that. Instagram seems like a friendly place – it takes just a second to double-tap a photo and send someone some short-term endorphins, the images that go viral tend to be filled with positivity rather than hate, and cats and dogs rule the world of … Continue reading Calling time on “sexy” Instagram models and the guys that consume their content

You are allowed to change the price of what it costs to access you

Sometimes our price starts low because we haven’t realised our worth. Hi everyone, I hope you’re all still in one piece (physically, if not emotionally) and that you’re managing to keep yourselves entertained during this desperately painful time. I’m on my fourth week of being trapped indoors and am going absolutely stir crazy but thanks to the fact that my sister and I are now … Continue reading You are allowed to change the price of what it costs to access you

Don’t hate, isolate: tips for surviving social distancing

The past few days have been pretty insane – I’m miles away from my best friends, university teaching has been suspended, my dissertation project has been cancelled and most volunteers at the hospice where I work have been sent home. It’s a particularly difficult time for those with mental health problems as we’re encouraged to be as socially distant as possible. My first day of … Continue reading Don’t hate, isolate: tips for surviving social distancing

You don’t think I’m pretty, you think I’m pretty for a brown girl

Beautiful doesn’t have to mean white, skinny, wide-eyed or straight-haired Earlier this week I was discussing the concept of race and beauty standards with two of my Tamil friends, Kamsi and Saran. Saran said “I don’t mean to offend you in saying this, but someone who is Caucasian and considered a 10, will be held to a different standard to a person of colour who … Continue reading You don’t think I’m pretty, you think I’m pretty for a brown girl

An honest chat about everyday racism

My self-esteem was so heavily affected by the prospect of discrimination that I had no choice but to find other ways to boost it. I grew up in a primarily Caucasian town, where people of my ethnicity are very few and far between. Despite speaking Tamil as my first language, I quickly grew into only communicating in English, even with my parents. As I grew … Continue reading An honest chat about everyday racism

Deleting my EP, why I stopped making music for a while & a new social media stance

During the summer of 2018, I recorded a four-track EP, titled ‘A Year Ago’ with some of my best friends and released its lead single, ‘No One There At All’ in November 2018. After the whirlwind that was my first year at uni, I was having the time of my life making music and writing to my heart’s content. So, the making of the EP … Continue reading Deleting my EP, why I stopped making music for a while & a new social media stance

Whoever is watching over me, thank you

You can always tell when two people are best friends because they are having more fun than it makes sense for them to be having. It’s unbelievable that we’ve only been back at uni for a month – the past few weeks have been a whirlwind and whilst it’s consisted of social stress, library breakdowns and a few tears, I’m having the time of my … Continue reading Whoever is watching over me, thank you

A love letter to my best friends (and why communication is key)

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives” – Anthony Robbins I’ve been having a pretty rough time recently and I’m very fortunate to have wonderful friends by my side whenever I need them. A few days ago, after bursts of crying 1) after I woke up 2) while walking to uni 3) in the library and … Continue reading A love letter to my best friends (and why communication is key)

Starting the Wellbeing Society was the best decision of my life

During the height of exam stress and housemate drama last year, I would tell my friends (mid-mental breakdown in the library) that I was going to start a “crying society, where we all just sit in a room and cry together… Our slogan can be ‘you bring the tears, we bring the tissues’”. In a desperate attempt to remind ourselves that we weren’t the only … Continue reading Starting the Wellbeing Society was the best decision of my life

Benefits of joining a society or sports team at university

Hey everyone, just a quick one to touch base before the inevitable panic of going back to uni! I work as a Student Ambassador for my university, and part of my role involves writing blog posts and chatting to prospective students via the Unibuddy platform (I honestly have the best job in the world!). This week I wrote about societies and sport, and I wanted … Continue reading Benefits of joining a society or sports team at university