It was not until 2 weeks before my first university exam that I discovered the IC for myself. Before that, I had been studying at home, and when I say studying I mean watching Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, and The Office. I lived alone but throughout the year I wasn’t lonely as my course was extremely busy. But as exam season loomed, I saw less of my friends and the long lonely days started to hit.
Throughout my childhood, I was sensitive to injustices happening around the world. I am Syrian so my teen years were filled with worries for my extended family. I was raised in a family where it was common to discuss injustices happening in Palestine, Libya, Sudan, and Iraq. This all created a sense of hopelessness; my young self could not see a path to stop these wrongs.
“What do you want to do for your birthday?” my sister asks knowing my options are limited. Having a birthday that coincides with the lockdown is not unique and there have been many birthdays before mine and many more to come. Throughout my 22 years of life, birthdays have become less self-centred and more focused on celebrating happiness with my family and friends. This is how my family and I celebrated together in lockdown.
Some members of our society have been called to self-isolate and this could become a reality for all of us soon. Quarantine doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Someone seems to have pushed the fast forward button in our lives so some slow time may be just what we need. Here are some ideas to ensure you get the best out of your quarantine.
Mother Nature unites us all but sadly, she is the loved one the majority of us neglect at Christmas. According to Wildlife and Countryside Link, the UK Christmas waste is the weight of 3.3 million Emperor penguins. Penguins may be cute but 3.3 million penguins made of plastic waste are not! I’m on a personal journey to improve my environmental impact and I have learnt a lot on the way. Read on and be impressed by the Greenest Christmas Tips, filled with all the advice that has been sent my way.
Autumn is definitely the best season for every food lover; it’s getting colder, comfy sweaters are in and it’s time to spend your free time in cute cafés with aesthetically pleasing meals and décor. I’ve chosen to map the ultimate guide to the best sweet food spots in the steel city. So if you’re ready to fall in love with the greatest waffles, pancakes or doughnuts Sheffield has to offer, read on…Continue reading