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A Spring Clean in Quarantine

Last weekend, with a song in my heart, I arrived home. What I then hoped would be a relaxing midterm break has quickly mutated into the fitful interregnum between our old world and a new one. The song, suffice to say, is over. Busy street corners which once stunk of weed now emptily reek of anxiety. Stoners heeding the...

The Kaiviti Way of Life

“Yandra”. One word which had such a profound impact on me whilst I spent a month in Fiji volunteering, teaching English and Maths to Primary School children. It was a simple saying that everyone would exchange with one another in the morning, starting your day off the right way and radiating a sense of unity within the whole Fijian...

How to Survive in the Winter Months

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Bradstreet, poet. The season is changing, thank goodness. Even though it seems like the dour greyness of Fife will last forever, the days are getting slightly longer, and the walk back to your...

Walking the Straight and Narrow

As I snaked my way around the maze that was Freshers’ Fayre, I could hear my father’s voice telling me that, whatever I do, I must not sign up for too many societies. ‘Be restrained’, he said, on the eve of my starting at St. Andrews. Most of the time, I take onboard his advice: he is a fantastic resource,...

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Picture this: you check your phone as you lie in bed, cloaked in dark-ness. The blue light stings your eyes.It has been five whole minutes since the last time you checked, but every five minutes gets that much closer to 2am. You mentally calculate how many hours, minutes and seconds of sleep you will have if you fall asleep...

The FRESH Heart Project

Dr Zahrin Shaikh, a consultant cardiologist, qualified with a medical degree over 18 years ago. She has not only studied but also lived through the lifestyle change she advocates. We at Nutritank St Andrews, a group that aims 'to raise medical students’ awareness around the importance of nutrition and lifestyle medicine for all stages of healthcare from prevention to...

A Faux-Pas Français

I am currently on my year abroad in France, teaching as an English language assistant. The experience so far has provided me with an authentic insight into what life is really like starting afresh abroad with only a mediocre grasp of the language - a far cry from the anecdotes I received from the Modern Languages Preparatory Meetings. I have...

Unmasking the Fellowship of St Andrews

“I’m here to talk to you about The Fellowship of St Andrews. My first question is: what actually is that?” I’m sitting around a table in Bibi’s Café with Charlotte Jiang, Hannah Galatoire and Joel Moore, long-standing members of The Fellowship, and they smile at the question. Clearly aware that, for some such as myself, The Fellowship is shrouded behind...

One Small Step for StAndies

Sometimes, or even always, thinking about the state of our environment can inspire feelings of anxiety, unease, and even guilt. We can feel responsible for the state that our world has gotten into, for climate change, for the pollution of the oceans, air, and soil, and for the decimation of natural resources. As young people, and students, we can...

On a Mission

A week of lunchtime and evening events mark the St Andrews Christian Union’s missions week. Called “Story Week”, the programme of events will run from 10th – 14th February. I met with current CU President Annie McQuoid and Vice-President Peter Forde to find out more. Both were quick to explain the format of these events. The lunchtime 1-2 pm slots...