Author: Hannah Ashworth

Social Editor 2020-21

On Instagram, I sent out a poll asking what people would like advice about, and one response I received was diet culture and how to stay healthy in the year 2021. The first thought I had on this topic was that people need to know that your weight or size doesn’t define your health. Also, that if you want to change your exercise regime or food regime it should be a slow process and not just throwing yourself right into it, shocking your system. So, here are some tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle without developing a negative…

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The Bangor University Feminist Society has recently become active again with a whole new committee. As the society has not been active since 2017, I asked Shannon, the newly appointed president, a few questions about this newly formed society. The society has been formed recently because of so much interest in having one. When speaking to Shannon she said, “many students were interested in having one, we decided to recreate the society with the new committee, new members and new social presence.” This means that they are now becoming more active with more people becoming interested in the society. This…

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Over the past few weeks, A Snapchat post has been shared around, regarding a young woman who has been harassed on Morrison’s hill in Bangor. Due to this, this article hopes to highlight some pointers about living alone and staying safe as a university student. Whilst it may seem obvious, locking your door is one of the most important things you can do.  When it’s night time and you’re alone, or if you’re upstairs in your home during the day, there is no harm in locking your door. This will keep you safe while living alone; it might make you…

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This year has been a long year full of turmoil, so, this year, why not plan the best summer ever! So here are some ideas of how to make this summer the best. Beach walks! Make the most of the beach and the sea this year and go for a walk to the beach and enjoy the sun! Grab an ice cream and paddle in the sea! What could be better! Have a barbecue. One of the best ways to celebrate summer is a barbecue. What feels more nostalgic than that? Grab a few burgers and a few pints, sounds…

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Something that has been taken away from students this year is the beloved Spoons, a well known, well-loved place by many students. So why not create an at-home Spoons with your flatmates and relive the past, because the present is shocking.  One thing I have heard from many students is that they miss their pub night at Spoons. The cheap food, the cheap drinks and the atmosphere. If you want to create the days of pubs then keep reading. Make some cocktails or mocktails. Grab a pitcher, a ton of ice and recreate your favourite cocktail. Some options are blue…

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Stepping into the new year can cause anxiety for many, with New Year’s resolutions and uncertainty of what the new year will bring. Therefore, here is the key to self-love – something which everyone should practice this year. First of all, you need to accept yourself for who you are. You can do this by writing down everything that you think of when you think of yourself, or write down three words that describe you. This can help with getting to know yourself and also accepting yourself, even your flaws. It is important to accept yourself while on the path…

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This semester there is a lot of uncertainty with the blended learning approach to university teaching, this semester with more learning in-person than last semester but still with some lectures online. Here are some important things to remember with the return to campus.  Something to take advantage of this semester is the online library. More journals, books and other resources available. You should definitely use this facility this semester as it is easy to find and filter different sources on the library website. Most module reading lists are also on the library website which can be found here. The library…

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Photo by stu spivack (CC BY-SA 2.0) This year I have made the most out of going out for dinner and popping out for a coffee every time I could! The months of being deprived of sitting in a café were painful, so here is a list of the places I have tried this year at the beginning and end of the year. First, my favourite place to go for coffee is ‘The Coffee Hut’ in Llangefni, the perfect place for a cup of coffee! They cater for allergies, which is one of the most important things about a café to…

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Now that the festive season is upon us with some lockdown restrictions still currently in place, self-care and caring for your mental health is more important than ever. It’s becoming ever more important to look after ourselves in these unsure times. Self-care and positive thinking are simple ways to make sure that our mental health is cared for. Here are 10 ways to practice self-care: Walks – Sometimes breathing fresh air and doing a little bit of exercise can boost endorphins, which can make you feel happier. In addition to this, getting vitamin D from the sun can be very…

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Christmas is an expensive time for everyone, especially when you’re a student living off bags of the cheapest pasta. So this year, why not get creative. While some may be more time-consuming than others, they’re worth it for those special to us. Here are some ideas of gifts to make this Christmas: A photo book – You can print off some photos of yourself and a friend and stick them in a book! You can also add bits of collage which you can easily find lying around the house, for example using old things and upcycling them; old bits of…

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As we slowly approach Christmas, Costa begins to release its Christmas drinks. So I decided this year to walk to Costa and try all of them. After the third drink, I was feeling full of festivity and perhaps a bit too much coffee, so I called in some reinforcements to help me get through the experience intact. After much debate, here is my rating of the Costa Christmas drinks. After Eight – 8/10 – perfect if you love mint. First, I tried the mint After Eight hot chocolate, starting off as a very strong choice. For me, this was my favourite…

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Photo by: Nails By Aneta Feeling stressed? Treat yourself!  I recently went on an adventure to get my nails done. After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to visit ‘Nails by Aneta’ in the centre of town in Bangor.  It was easy to find in the ‘Hair Place’. On entering I was immediately attended to and took a seat in the waiting area. I was seen within minutes of arriving. I was set at ease during the appointment as Aneta ensured that I was comfortable and relaxed the whole time. I was anxious and concerned at first due to salons…

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This year we will all be celebrating Halloween differently from previous years. There will be fewer social Halloween celebrations and more at-home DIY Halloween festivities.  However, this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home. Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween this year:  Watch some Halloween films. There are many horror films to binge watch this Halloween. But if you are less into horror, some films I recommend are; Coraline, Edward Scissorhands, Labyrinth, Hocus Pocus, or Harry Potter.  If you are not a fan of watching films alone, you could hold a Netflix watch party with friends online, or make…

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This year, supporting the arts has been more difficult than usual; being unable to attend concerts, theatre productions, visiting museums, workshops, galleries and many more. Despite this, there are ways to remotely attend these venues with everything being shifted online.  Some examples of this are;  The website “Bandsintown” is currently live-streaming concerts online, including the music of popular and indie artists. This is a good way to remotely attend a concert and support artists whose concerts have been cancelled due to Covid. Some examples of these are, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Hayley Williams and many more.  Some music artists are…

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