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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...

The State of Our News

It’s about a quarter past four on a Monday afternoon. I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop as the light fades outside. Normally I’d be working in my room, at a desk, but I’ve been tasked with babysitting my 92-year-old grandma. I say “babysitting” because she’s entering the late stages of dementia, and often can’t remember family...

The Superbowl: An American Export

Growing up in America, Superbowl Sunday was always the largest sporting event of the year, amassing over 100 million viewers every year. Everyone, from those that don’t even understand the rules of football to those who had watched every football game of the season would come together on that Sunday afternoon to watch the two best American football teams...

Filial Piety in Modern China

“The 24 paragons of filial piety” is a collection of short tales, dating back to the Yuan dynasty. The 13th tale tells the story of a poor man called Guo Ju, living with a wife, infant son, and his old mother. Food is scarce, and Guo Ju takes the difficult decision to bury his son in order to save...