Anonymous writes about their experience of addiction.
My Freshers Week was an emotional rollercoaster and a half. I think people imagine that this is the time (and the only time) where you meet your friends for life. But friendships don’t work like that. You need time and shared experiences and building trust before something can be a friendship.
“At the risk of offering advice that has the whiff of a platitude about it, if you’re a fresher this year, I’d really recommend being generous and patient with yourself. I wish I had.”
Anonymous writes about suspension and living with mental illness at Oxford.
In conjunction with Northern Society and beginning the ‘Mind The Gap’ series highlighting North/South disparities, anonymous explores educational inequalities in the arts.
After the announcement of the new obesity strategy, our writer explores how calorie counting is more destructive than it is helpful.
This is an open letter written by a group of Oxford students. Its petition has been signed by 2,700 students from 98 universities across the world, including UCL, Toronto, New York, Harvard, Amsterdam, Université de Paris, National University of Singapore, and Cambridge. Oxford contributed over 1,800 names.
To put it simply, what is to most other people just “being in a social environment,” in my eyes is a question of “parading my defective self in public.”
“In Year 3, I went to a bowling-themed birthday party organised by our PE coach (how those parties were ever fashionable continues to baffle me). Everyone got a certificate for “Best Aim”, “Most Strikes”, etc. What did I get? You know it. “Best Effort.” I’ve accrued an impressive amount of “sportsmanship” (read: consolation) awards.”
“One wonderful day, my first ever night out, and then a near-death experience”