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Social media: Your life is just a construct Isobelle Mallinson, kettlemag, social media persona,
We now live in a world where everything is virtual. We rely on technology to conform, advise, to entertain; and I really hate it. I hate technology and the internet, I strongly object to how dependent our society is on a concept, the way people prefer to talk through a screen than to a real...
University: What it has really taught me! Cocktails, Student Life, Isobelle Mallinson, Kettle Mag
I am about to leave university after three glorious years and I could not have asked for a better experience. Although the essay writing and the study of English Literature has been a blast, the best things I learnt from university are not based on academia. With rising tuition fees, society frequently questions whether attending...
7 tips for a healthier relationship lovers, kettlemag, Isobelle Mallinson
With the honeymoon period over, relationships can enter the ‘comfortable’ stage where you sometimes struggle to remain happy together all the time and end up having pointless bickering arguments. Although a little tension is expected and healthy, there are ways to regain the happier aspects of your union and build upon your already healthy relationship....
Feminism is not a dirty word: Debunking 3 common myths
I am a feminist; I believe that the genders should be equal, and that is exactly what feminism is about. Contrary to popular opinion, being a feminist does not make you a man-hating bitch – it just makes you someone who wishes to unite people of different genders and offer equal rights for all. In...
Student accommodation: The rise of the shabby Student
I would imagine that the first impression that the words ‘student accommodation’ creates are decidedly negative, that university living is bound to provide images of hard mattresses and mouldy showers. But in 2015, the government is funding universities to help change this stigma, and to provide cleaner, more comfortable and more effective accommodation – meaning...
When university is over: Musings of a third year Suitcases, Student Life, Isobelle Mallinson, Kettle Mag
With the final semester of third year coming to a close, I can’t help finding myself worrying about the end – how do I leave this place that I love so much? I will miss this life, as nothing will ever be like university again. I find myself wanting to slow down time, to return to...
The problem with porn
Porn: probably one of the most discussed topics of the 21st century, as well as a subject that garners a multitude of differing opinions. As a female, I feel quite strongly about pornography and the significant effect it has on the pressure to look and act a certain way. Women in porn don’t look or act...
The three date rule: say no to social convention
In 2014, dating is not as it used to be. With apps like Tinder, an increased sexual freedom and less prejudice regarding sexual promiscuity, individuals are generally able to have sex when they wish to without feeling like they have to conform to a strict repertoire of expectations. The pressure to wait before sex Despite...
Why University is best experienced away from home
With hundreds of thousands of students heading to university every year, the big question that awaits each individual is: home or away?  The upheaval that inevitably comes with university means that many students choose a local one and travel from home to attend their lectures, leaving their original life unchanged. This decision is understandable when...
Friends, Food and Fun: A Freshers Survival Guide freshers_0.jpg
In no other situation have I found myself hungrily devouring a bread and butter sandwich with a girl I had just met 30 minutes previously.   The things open In no other situation have I found myself hungrily devouring a bread and butter sandwich with a girl I had just met 30 minutes previously.  ...
Before I Go To Sleep and the role of memory
On September the 5th an exciting thriller hit cinema screens all over Britain. Before I Go To Sleep is based on the novel by S.J. On September the 5th an exciting thriller hit cinema screens all over Britain. Before I Go To Sleep is based on the novel by S.J. Watson and tells the interesting...
If I Stay: Is this romantic drama worth seeing?
After having already read the book version of If I Stay, I must admit I wasn’t expecting anything above mediocre. After having already read the book version of If I Stay, I must admit I wasn’t expecting anything above mediocre. Despite keeping me interested in the storyline in a slightly gripping page turning way, I...
Why photography should be appreciated as art photography as art, kettle mag
For something to be considered art, it usually has to have an emotive effect on its viewer. For something to be considered art, it usually has to have an emotive effect on its viewer. For something to appear artistic, it is usually constructed to cause pleasure – to look at, feel, or understand. Often art...
Can friendships at home survive at university? Friends, kettle mag
Moving away to university means joining thousands of strangers in a new city. This couldn’t be more different from being the big fish in the little pond that you were in your home town. Moving away to university means joining thousands of strangers in a new city. This couldn’t be more different from being the...
What would life be like without mobile phones? mobilephone.jpg
Individuals today would probably struggle to imagine life without a mobile phone. Individuals today would probably struggle to imagine life without a mobile phone. The absurdity of sending a letter and not receiving a reply for a week would send many young people into a disbelieving and terrified moment of hysteria. Living in a society...
The untold fears and pressures for third year students
As the beginning of September approaches, first year students are beginning the journey that could change the course of their adult life forever. The media is full of news regarding A-Level results and Freshers’ Week with thousands of soon-to-be university students packing up their possessions and preparing for three years of freedom and a new...