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Mairead Nolan
Studying English Literature at University of Leeds

Two Weeks Without WiFi

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On 23rd April the unthinkable happened: the Wi-Fi in our student house in Leeds broke for almost two weeks! It’s every student’s worst nightmare, but I’m happy to say that we all survived and I’m here now to tell the tale. As you can imagine, the day that we found out our Wi-Fi wasn’t going […]

A guide to living with the ‘rents over summer

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We all remember the feeling of leaving home and finally being able to live independently at university. Free from the burden of having to tell your parents where you’re going and what time you’ll be back, you quickly become accustomed to this new sense of freedom. Having to move back in with your parents over […]

Everything you need to know in order to prepare for your first year of university

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No matter how much you try and imagine your first year, you’ll never truly know what it’s like until you’ve experienced it. Here’s some tips from a second year who’s been through it all!   1). The cheapest halls are the most fun One of the most stressful parts of preparing for University is choosing […]

The real Chalet Girl: What is a ski season really like?

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Taking some time out of your busy schedule to work a ski season could possibly be one of the greatest times of your life. Thoughts of endless days of skiing, picturesque views, making new friends and plenty of drinking is probably what comes to mind when you think of a ski season. It can be […]

How to live with the ‘rents over summer

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We all remember the feeling of leaving home and finally being able to live independently at university. Free from the burden of having to tell your parents where you’re going and what time you’ll be back, you quickly become accustomed to this new sense of freedom. Having to move back in with your parents over […]

The music festivals you didn’t know about (but need to go to!)

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Glastonbury, Leeds, Bestival, Park Life… these are just some of the names of the typical UK music festivals that every man and his dog have been to at least once in their lifetime. With the focus being on these bigger music festivals, people forget about the smaller — yet just as amazing— festivals that are […]

Decide your future, or have it decided for you: Why young people need to vote

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It feels like just yesterday when Russell Brand was appealing to the masses to refrain from voting, but if even he managed to realise that this wasn’t such a genius idea, why are young people still not voting? The general election in 2015 saw less than 60% of 18-25 year olds turning out to vote, […]

A Guide To The Labour Party

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Labour recently released their election manifesto which aims to redistribute wealth so that the most marginalised and poorest in society will benefit. They recognise that Britain is the fifth richest country in the world but say ‘that means little when many people don’t share in that wealth.’ Here is a simplified version of how they […]

Why young people need to vote

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It feels like just yesterday when Russell Brand was appealing to the masses to refrain from voting, but if even he managed to realise that this wasn’t such a genius idea, why are young people still not voting? It’s estimated that the figure could be as low as 43% for 18-24 year olds voting in […]

Liberal Democrats Manifesto Summary

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The Liberal Democrats have released their manifesto which focuses on the benefits of remaining in the EU. Here is a breakdown of their election promises on key issues : Brexit The Liberal Democrats believe that Britain is stronger as a member of the European Union. They condone the Conservatives’ approach for a hard Brexit as […]