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Here are 10 things you don’t realise need regular cleaning:

(Based on my experiences of living a student life abroad)

1. The sink that’s clean on most days, but suddenly on the day that you are most tired, turns into a yellow, scaly, patchy, textured mess with hair all around it. Gross.

2. The toilet. Not only with the toilet cleaning liquid, but also with a brush, and with water/tissue after lifting the seat. Gross.

3. The kitchen sink, which gets clogged when someone decides that’s a good place to empty the tiny chunks of food into. That someone is me. …

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I don’t use these two words anymore.

Word 1: ‘Try’

Why I stopped using this word: My dad told me to.

“I‘ll try to do well in my exams”
“I‘ll try to wake up early”
“I‘ll try to go to the gym 3 times a week”

By saying ‘try’, you are preparing for failure. You are conditioning yourself to be comfortable with failure.

Either you give your everything, or you don’t.
Either you put in all your effort, or you don’t.

As Yoda says, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Word 2: ‘At least’

Why I stopped using this word: Life made me do it. …

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If you’re not putting out relevant content in relevant places, you don’t exist — Gary Vaynerchuk

Every text we see around us is content. The billboards on the roads, descriptions on your shampoo, ads in newspapers and phones, memes that you screenshot, heart-wrenching video links you share, the notifications from your apps, the Netflix Original web series you watch on repeat, this article you are reading… everything is content! Especially in this digital age, content is a mandatory investment a company must make to generate leads and establish their brand.

As the need for content only becomes more and more prominent, the demand for content writers is undoubtedly increasing. Content writing doesn’t even need to be a full-time job or require a specific degree; you can do it as a side-gig, or as a freelancer. As a student and Content Writer myself, I have learnt a lot about content through the hit-and-trial method of experience. I faced a lot of hurdles, I still do. But you don’t need to face the same hurdles to learn from them! …

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“Dad, I want to study literature…”

This is what I said to my dad three months before my twelfth-grade board exams, wherein I was studying science and preparing for NEET.

I had always wanted to become a doctor. At eight, I wanted to be a veterinarian, at fourteen I wanted to be an ophthalmologist. I had a very emotional reason to choose these specific medicine courses. I would always imagine myself sitting in my own clinic, helping people, curing illnesses, saving lives. So, I told my parents, “I want to be a doctor, I want to take up science after 10th…” My parents had always been supportive of my dreams and were ready to accept any course I wanted to pursue. …


Shreya Pattar

Content Writer. Student of English Literature and Philosophy. LinkedIn Campus Editor. Huge Taylor Swift fan.

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