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Professor Layton: The Unexpected Hero of my Lockdown

This summer has been an unusual one for me, as it has been for many of us. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I suddenly found myself with very little to do. There would be no summer job this year, no socialisation with friends or family members, and I was unable to leave my home except for my daily exercise....

A Poem for St Andrews

St Andrews by Emily McEwan   Our hearts were warm, and our toes freezing cold, thanks to the ice wind that regularly blows onto the shore, from the wild North Sea- an ocean we ran into, naked, and free. We read books, discussed poetry and political affairs. We were always trying to cut one another’s hair. We wore our red gowns, like peacocks- with pride. Our initials stitched into...

Party Tricks to Develop During Quarantine

These are strange times, as I’m sure you have all realized by now. So why not take this opportunity to develop some weird, useless skills. Maybe your family is sick of banana bread, or you have found that the diligence required to learn a new language is just not in your wheelhouse. Well, I’m here to tell you that...

In Conversation with Hettie O’Brien

Hettie O’Brien graduated St Andrews in 2015 with a degree in Philosophy before gaining her Master’s in 2017 at the University of Cambridge. In the 3 years since, she has held the title of Online Editor at New Statesman, as well as been published in The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, and Prospect to name but a few. Currently,...

How Students Can Prosper This Summer

For many students, this summer is the first in memory without any serious responsibilities: the pandemic has meant finding a part-time job is difficult, if not impossible in some areas, and most internships have been cancelled. Plus, due to travel restrictions across the world, any travel plans to make the most of time off university have been rendered obsolete....

A University of Bolton Case-Study: Could St Andrews return in the fall?

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements, and restrictions on certain gatherings, universities across the UK are struggling to cope. According to a survey by the University and College Union (UCU) one in five UK students said they were considering delaying their studies if their university was not operating as normal due to the pandemic. That would mean 120,000...

Working it Out: A Podcast for Entering the Working World

University students, including those from our own St Andrews, may often feel uncertain, anxious, and confused when thinking about life after graduation. The world seems awfully big compared to our small town. For this reason University of Bristol graduate, Emily Cohen, is beginning to record Working it Out, a podcast about the early years of working, and the transition...

The Brighter Side of Lockdown

It is safe to say that 2020 has not been a great year. There has been a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns put in place across the world and political turmoil over whether or not the correct measures have been implemented in order to tackle COVID-19. However, whilst this period of lockdown has undoubtedly brought misery to many and has changed our...

Dreaming During a Pandemic: Abnormal is Normal

I wake to the sounds of my family talking and moving about the house. As I squint against the morning sunshine coming through the window my eyes sting. I wonder if I have slept in my contact lenses by accident. I close one eye to check and the floral pattern on my curtains is suitably blurry. I roll over...

In Conversation with Kim Hjelmgaard

Kim Hjelmgaard is an esteemed international journalist. Since 2017, he has been the International Correspondent for the American internationally distributed newspaper, USA Today. His reportage has taken him across the globe: from reporting in Iran, a rarity amongst Western journalists; to spending time in Ukraine; to following the path of refugees as they traveled across Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis, to name...