Let me start by saying this: I don’t usually attend festivals. I’ve tried, I’ve been to a few and they are just not for me. The £10 drinks, for a single? I’m sorry but it ain’t on. The crowds, the food (or lack of). The hours waiting around for the one act you actually want to see, with little else to fill your time without bankrupting yourself. Maybe I was doing it wrong or maybe I was unlucky in every experience. Regardless, my point is, this article isn’t a festival lover talking about her love of one particular festival. I am someone who doesn’t usually enjoy festivals and yet I will still say that Glastonbury truly lives up to its status as one of the greatest music festivals out there.
I remember the first time the word ‘coronavirus’ popped up on my twitter feed. A deadly virus had emerged on the other side of the world in a village I had never heard of. A sad and slightly scary story, but one that felt particularly distant too. For a week or two the story seemed almost lost amongst the usual bleakness of news – Brexit, Trump and devastating climate change. At this time, I, along with many others I’m sure, would never have thought it would have such a devastating impact worldwide and within our own lives. I even recall making light of the topic when a friend messaged me expressing their fear, comparing it to the film ‘Contagion’. I naively dismissed their fears.
A healthy work/life balance, by definition, is a state of equilibrium in which the demands of both a person’s job and personal life are equal. As a Uni student this balance can sometimes feel impossible to achieve.
What comes to mind when you think of 'graduation'? The event is something that seems to end every coming-of-age movie and can certainly feature as a symbolic moment of new beginnings in practically any other genre. Perhaps when you hear the word 'graduation', you think of your own memories - walking across the stage, your parents clapping proudly in the audience, the weight of the gown and the sweat on your forehead, partly from the nerves, partly from that infamous graduation cap. Maybe you drank so much with your friends that you struggle to remember the day in its entirety. Or perhaps these are all the moments you are looking forward to. Working hard on assignments and exams, all with the image of yourself collecting your hard earned diploma on a stage, along with all your peers and friends - the prospect of graduation day is a beam of hope, a source of motivation and a milestone every student works towards throughout their academic career.