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President-ing In A Pandemic

3 August 2020

My name is Jamie, and until the 30th of June this year I was President of the Students’ Association at the University of St Andrews. While I wouldn’t say my former job ranks anywhere near the most challenging to do during a pandemic, the experience has at least been interesting enough that I think it’s […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Niamh Yates

28 July 2020

It has been over 4 months now since St Patrick’s Day celebrations in St Andrews were cancelled and our university closed its doors for the foreseeable future. At least… I think it’s been 4 months, as Jeremy Usborne (Robert Webb) of Peep Show explained in an old clip that popped up on my Facebook Watch […]

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Sports in St Andrews

23 July 2020

Congratulations – you’ve been accepted into St Andrews and will be joining the bubble in September! You’ve learned about the nightlife, applied for your accommodation, and perhaps even had a think about the societies you would like to join. There is something you’re still wondering about, however. Sports! Whether you’re an experienced and skilled competitor, someone […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Maddie Mccall

22 July 2020

“Oh wait, let me grab my mask.” A simple six-word phrase none of us thought we would have engrained in our brains, but here we are. Here we are in a world that seems so uncertain, full of dull daily routines and bright phone screens at 3am. But then again, here we are in a […]

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10 Tracks You Haven’t Heard

18 July 2020

Throughout most of my young life, I did not like popular music. Growing up, my house was filled with the melodious sounds of BBC Radio 3, and very occasionally a pop song from the 1960s. However, thanks to the flourishing hipster subculture throughout my teens, and with the help of Vevo on YouTube, I finally […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Katie McAdam

16 July 2020

My first year in St Andrews abridged, I’ve returned across the Forth to Edinburgh. Following the news of a looming global lockdown, the halls emptied as people rushed to make the last flights home. The corridors became silent. Without my friends, the old building intimidated me. I just wanted to go home. As I put […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Eli Thayer

11 July 2020

I stayed up late last night.  That’s been a recurring theme over these last few months. It’s an easy habit to slip into at the moment, seeing as there’s nowhere to go, nobody to see, and little to do each day. As contact with the outside world falls further into memory, other notions of regularity […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Madeline Pennino

5 July 2020

At the start of every new school year I worry that I am not ready for its challenges. I worry I won’t know how to accommodate a different teacher’s style, that I will be overwhelmed with work and unsure how to manage my stress. Every year I convince myself that I am ill-prepared to take […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Mira Mansfield

28 June 2020

While term was ongoing and university work was still taking up most of my time, I felt untouched by the pandemic. Though I read the news and regularly listened to the increasingly unhelpful Downing Street daily briefings, there was nothing tangible in my day-to-day life to suggest anything was different. To me, this was just […]

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UK Pride: From Protest To Pink Washing?

18 June 2020

Due to coronavirus, Pride parades across the UK which would usually take place in June or July have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. This means that while we don’t have an excuse to bathe ourselves in glitter, we can reflect on the history of Pride in the UK and use this to make next year’s […]

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