Journalist and photographer. News, opinions and politics are my forte. Futuristic dystopian is my kink.
In the U.K., becoming a student at a university can be a monumental stepping stone in your life; it's the leap away from the confines of your home, your parents, and your friends (and those people you call friends, yet grit your teeth in the company of). At the age of 18, university for U.K. students is also often a gateway to the previously illegal: alcohol, cigarettes, nightclubs, and more (yes, we can do those at that age—apologies, America).
Had you told me 3 years ago that I'd be a paid journalist, working on a local, national and even international level, I'd laugh in your face, insult you through a childish emoji-ridden Facebook comment, sip away at my Monster Energy and continue painting my canvas. You see, I used to want to become an artist, before my life changed in one weekend.
Modern life is so very often dominated by routine and ritual, the little things in life that make the cogs keep turning and make everything seem normal. Without a ritual, routine or pattern in our life, a little comfort nest of the expected, we worry. We panic, we doubt ourselves, and that doubt manifests itself upon those you meet. Your relationships, your family, your friends and the strangers you share a bubble with on the tube or sidewalk all feel it, a difference, a negative difference. A disorder, a frantic unknown that drives you crazy yet you don’t know why. It’s a blank canvas without a starting line or a starting thought.
The idea of virginity is really a strange thing - psychologically, a very daunting and/ or exciting, and scientifically, not much really. Somehow, along our weird human path of destroying everyone sacred and fun, we twisted the idea of virginity, or moreover losing your virginity, into a taboo and stigmatised subject. It's not talked about much anywhere, especially not conservative or religiously dominated countries, and those that do discuss it are often the exception. But why? As ever with sexual topics, I promote a progressive viewpoint; as humans, we can only conceivably 'move forwards' through openness, progressiveness and inclusivity.
Human ethics, or moral philosophy as academics like to call it, revolve around key debates that split the line between moral ethicality (a subjective and individualistic point of view) and scientifically based, 'advancement' arguments. One of the main points to realise about human ethics is that there really is no right answer, at all, and with that there is no wrong answer. All answers and viewpoints are worthy of consideration in such morally splitting subjects, and as such, recognising a wide range of differing opinions leads to a better, well-informed argument for your own side - whatever that may be. Scientists have long pushed for the advancement of science over morality and ethicality, however many stringent laws prevent them from doing so.
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. That introduction was my shortest ever, but it really needed to be for such a shockingly large statistic. When I first read it, i was sceptical. Surely that didn't account for all death types? Maybe it combined both genders? Maybe it wasn't limited by age after all? No, it was true, and in 2014 76% of all suicides in the UK were by men.
Politics has this ageist air about it, almost engrained and encoded into its very nature that makes it hard for young people to be even close to that ‘sacred’ inner circle. Sure, young people are given invitations to events and are preached at from every angle from prospecting and established politicians, but they can’t change much. They are voices with no decibels, yet with a growing audience eager to hear their story.
The term 'geek' is quite an ugly one on face value alone, spoiled by a harsh guttural sound that makes it seem more of a gag reflex noise than a community to be worshipped. But, the geek community has taken leaps and bounds to be a recognised force to be reckoned with in today's brutally harsh and judgemental world. Where social splits are normalised, and cliques are beyond expected in high schools, geeks have today established themselves as a lifestyle of pride, not "just a phase", mom.