I still remember my first day as a medical student, excited that I was finally embarking on the journey that I had worked so hard for (with the help of my supportive friends and family). As I entered a hall full of unfamiliar faces, I began to feel dread and excitement in equal measure. After years of being with the same friends in a small state school, I realised I was completely out of my comfort zone. Anxiously waiting to find some friendly faces, I tried to blend in with a small group of students. …
I remember when I was at school, summer and spring was my favourite time of the year. My teachers used to take us outside during these seasons to learn outdoors and enjoy the weather at the same time. For certain subjects like Geography, Maths and Science, it was very beneficial to put things into realistic context and help us grasp difficult concepts in the outdoor settings.
Researchers have found that over the past few years the use of outdoor learning in schools has increased. Some of the ways that schools have introduced outdoor learning is for example through geography field…
I have learnt to embrace my inner-child…
I have had the privilege to be the oldest child in my family and be a role model for my young siblings. Being the oldest comes with its own perks, as I had to take on quite a lot of responsibilities and ample of expectations were placed on me, compelling me to “mature” from an early age.
When I get to play with my youngest brother, I look at him and realise that as I have grown, I have lost some very important characteristics that I use to possess as a child and…
“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” — Unknown
You provided for me a safe place to live and be myself,
loving me unconditionally and advising me to “believe in yourself”
You stayed awake endless nights when I used to fall ill,
cuddling me in your comfortable arms for hours on standing still.
You have been my anchor and a guiding light,
protecting and supporting me like powerful knight.
I remember my first day at school when you held my little hands,
you picked me up everyday even if you had to cancel all your plans.
I had struggles and went through many ups and downs…
Like a snow capped mountains, crowned with fog from the sea,
peaceful and benevolent, you stand tall with the confidence of a tree,
Amid the thunderous clouds, powerful and adorned with love;
Armour of hope, you are like a gleaming star from above
I hear the whispers of the winds calling your name;
Unleash your majestic potential, the lofty mountains exclaim. …
For me transitioning from secondary school to college was a huge step as I had to learn to become an independent learner. Furthermore, the volume and intensity of the course material increased; therefore learning new study skills became crucial. Consequently, I experimented with different study skills and tried to find ways that help me learn efficiently and effectively. Below I have listed some of them:
1- Use Variety of Techniques to Learn:
Before going to college, I used to rely on reading, highlighting and making notes. …
When my world gets turned upside down, I love to go on a nature walk — Sara Moss-Wolfe
During the past year, I have looked at different ways to maintain my physical and mental health. With very little social interaction and the fitness centers closed, I looked into spending more time in nature, including beaches, parks, and green spaces.
Outdoor activities have scientifically proven to reap many physical and mental health benefits. From increasing vitamin D levels, reducing stress to boosting the immune system, and improving sleep, activities in nature can enhance our health in numerous ways. These activities do…
Eid marks the end of a month of fasting, spiritual reflection, and prayers for Muslims around the world, and this year it was quite different. It is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate, decorate and enjoy this beautiful day in the company of their friends and family. This poem is a reflection on that although Eid was different this year because of social distancing and Lockdown, people came up with creative ideas to make this a memorable day for themselves and for others.
Here comes the day of celebration and festivity,
the day when the young and…
It’s ok not to be ok sometimes…this too shall pass.
There lives a bear in the Forest of Mind,
Caring, nurturing and kind,
When life gets rough and wrecked,
She resorts to her cave to contemplate and reflect.
It’s ok to feel
sadness, anger, happiness, stress and grief
She knows that at the end of the dark tunnel there will be relief
All her emotional experiences are valid and accepted
It’s ok to feel uncomfortable and disconnected
She has learnt that life is full of highs and lows
As they say what you choose to focus on grows.
On the 4th of January 2021, England entered the third lockdown in an attempt to suppress the spread of the new Covid-19 variant. Wales is already in lockdown since the 20th of December 2020. For these restrictions to be gradually lifted, there needs to be a successful rollout of vaccines.
According to the latest research by RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) and ONS (Office for National Statistics), vaccine uptake in England and Wales has been lower amongst the BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) communities compared to non-BAME individuals.
According to the Royal College of General Practitioners, BAME communities…