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My Flatmate, Anna

18 September 2020

I’d like to think that, when Sally Mapstone sits down in the morning before accommodation allocations, she looks ahead at a spreadsheet full of names and Q&A answers, and personally selects exactly who should room with who. A few rowing nuts here, one or two humanities students there, a med student to spice things up […]

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Music in St Andrews

3 September 2020

As an incoming student to the prestigious University of St Andrews, you will almost definitely have been forced to watch that video of ‘St Andrews From Above’ the uni loves to plaster all over the internet. With the intense, wailing choral music filling your ears as the camera pans dramatically across the town from the […]

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TV Show Recommendations for Quarantine

31 August 2020

As I’m sure all of you have been at some point or other during this rather extended summer, I have been excruciatingly bored – so I started watching a lot of TV. Now, with the advent of returning to St Andrews and with many of our international students having to quarantine in their rooms for […]

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Quarantine Games To Keep You Sane

8 August 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over four whole months since lockdown began in Scotland. Back in mid-March I was knee-deep in graded unit work, deciding where to accept a place at university and continuing to work my job in retail. Those first few weeks before/after lockdown began were some of the most gruelling […]

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A Thriller For Every Format

7 August 2020

During lockdown I’m sure many of us have turned to television, films and books to distract ourselves. I have a fondness for thrillers and espionage, so I have recommended some entertainment that will get your hearts pulsing and always has a twist.  True Spies – Podcast This is a podcast narrated by Hayley Atwell, acting […]

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What To Bring To St Andrews

6 August 2020

Welcome incoming first years! As move-in day approaches, I’m sure that the packing process is beginning. Although it may be daunting moving away from home for the first time, you have chosen the best place to start your university career! Moving into halls, from Sally’s to DRA, opens up a whole new world to explore. […]

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Books To Read In Quarantine

19 July 2020

Another month, another period of minimal interaction with the outside world for most of us. To pass the time, many of us have taken up different hobbies – out of my friends, Ella has taken up diamond painting (trust me, I don’t know what it really is either), Robin has been baking up a storm, […]

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A Drink For Every Semester Of Your Degree

15 July 2020

As you go through your time at university, you’re probably going to need a drink or two along the way. To that end, here is my list of the signature drink for each semester at St Andrews. Standard disclaimer: please drink responsibly, and at least try to finish your essays first. First Year, First Semester: […]

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10 Summer Films To Get You Through The Heat

4 July 2020

Even though lockdown is gradually lifting, many of us are still stuck at home. Now summer plans and holidays have all been cancelled, I have compiled a list of 10 summer movies to pass the time. Some offer escapism, some are a bit too close to reality, but why are so many set in the […]

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5 Black Comedians To Watch On Netflix

29 June 2020

Ten days have passed since Juneteenth – a holiday to celebrate the emancipation of American slaves – and what better way to (belatedly) celebrate than supporting black artists. So, I have compiled a list of the top five black comedians I watched on Netflix these past few days. A quick disclaimer though, I am American, […]

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