How has the pandemic changed me?

 NOTE: this is based on personal experience only and in no way seeks to presume that this was a common experience, nor diminish the (likely worse) experiences of many others. Neither I, nor any of my loved ones has been put into hospital or died due to the virus, so I write from the perspective of someone impacted most intensely by the lockdowns imposed by in response to … Continue reading How has the pandemic changed me?

Interview with Matriarch founder Ria Kalsi

*content warning: death threats, low self esteem, body image* RAZZ writer Amber Hogan speaks to Ria Kalsi, founder of online platform Matriarch, defined as “the platform that strives to create change, empower and build human connection”. Ria talks about the benefits and challenges of using social media, online trends and dealing with negativity.  What made you decide to use social media as your platform for … Continue reading Interview with Matriarch founder Ria Kalsi

The September Scaries

Regardless of how many lists we’ve made or stationery items we’ve acquired, starting a new academic year, whether we’re ten or twenty, can be fairly daunting. September is most definitely a month of change, and like the start of a new calendar year can be associated as a time to start afresh. It brings an unspoken pressure to socialise more, join a whole load of societies all whilst staying ahead of your workload. If we reflect on this shortlist I think we can begin to acknowledge that it’s unrealistic. The more we understand the unmeasurable amount of pressure placed on students, the more we can see that these are more likely to lead to a breakdown as opposed to a breakthrough. Continue reading The September Scaries

Creative Corner: Developing a YouTube Channel

Lately I have been very inspired and motivated to develop my social media and my presence on the web as a writer. After feeding on multiple classes on productivity and development I understood that discipline is the only secret recipe to grow and reach your goals in every domain. This realisation boosted my intention to finally stop complaining about my lack of attention and development on social media, motivating me to start acting on that issue in a concrete way. I have been posting on YouTube for quite some time and stopped growing with my subscribers a long time ago. This lack of growth was due to my inconsistency in the platform and my constant belief that my content was not promoted by the platform. It was YouTube’s fault if I was not growing right? Continue reading Creative Corner: Developing a YouTube Channel

The Healthy Helena: Food and Mood

Whilst it’s well known that eating a healthy, balanced diet is beneficial for our physical health, people are often unaware of the impact our nutrition has on our mental health. With the current bleak and often stressful environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, comfort foods are tempting ways to lift our spirits. However, sugary treats and processed foods can often have the reverse effects, and it is important to nourish and nurture your body with the right nutrition in order to feel your finest. Continue reading The Healthy Helena: Food and Mood

Starting Invisalign: Everything you Need to Know About the Popular Treatment

Despite asking the dentist, some of us skipped the braces experience many go through at school. Ongoing lockdown seemed an ideal time to undertake an alternative process, so, after saving up furlough, I have taken the plunge and started a 15 week course of Invisalign. After finding online information conflicting and overwhelming, I decided to share my own experience to help others make an informed choice. Continue reading Starting Invisalign: Everything you Need to Know About the Popular Treatment

Acknowledging Uncertainty: How Coronavirus has Changed the Way We Plan For the Future

Our lives are mapped around referential points. We all have calendars littered with birthdays, exams, parties, graduation ceremonies, interviews, visits to friends, events, plays, holidays, gigs. None of us live purely spontaneously. For decades modern life has functioned on the presumption that imposing order onto our immediate futures will make us more productive, prompt and predictable. Life is prearranged invisibly around us, marked by the constant promises of the near future, what’s coming next, what will I be doing tomorrow? Continue reading Acknowledging Uncertainty: How Coronavirus has Changed the Way We Plan For the Future