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    Unleashing the writer within: A guide to motivate yourself to write

    Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, desperately longing to unleash your thoughts and stories but struggling to find the motivation to put pen to paper? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is an all too common scenario for creatives. Every writer, no matter how experienced, encounters those moments of self-doubt and creative struggle. But fear not. There are plenty of tips and tricks to help motivate yourself and get your creative juices flowing! Find your inspiration One way to motivate yourself to write is to seek inspiration. Explore different mediums, such as books, movies, music or art, that resonate with you. Allow yourself to be…

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    Nurturing new connections: How to make new friends after graduating from university

    Graduating from university is an exciting milestone, marking the end of an academic journey and the beginning of a new chapter in life. While this transition can be filled with uncertainty, especially when it comes to making friends outside of the familiar campus environment, there are numerous opportunities to forge meaningful connections. Follow these practical tips and strategies to help navigate the post-university landscape and build a fulfilling social circle! Embrace alumni networks One of the most valuable resources available after graduation is the alumni network associated with one’s university. Reach out to your alma mater’s alumni association, or explore what they do to bring fellow graduates together. Attend alumni…

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    When I was younger, I asked my mother, “What will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?” Will I lose you?

    Feb. 19, 2008 Shiva is a ritual in the Jewish culture. It’s when the friends and family of deceased loved ones visit your home and sit with the mourning family members for seven days. Mirrors are covered, cushions are removed, and heaps and heaps of food is flown in and out of the doors (enough to feed an entire village in some countries). The mourners are usually too devastated to eat any of it, so it goes to waste, just like the wilted body buried six feet under. And what did I want to do that day? All I wanted to do was be normal. I didn’t want pity. I…

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    Dear younger me

    Earlier this year, I turned another year older. As I slowly approach three decades on planet earth, it’s inevitable to reflect on what is yet to come in my life. Especially after enduring a global pandemic and living yet another year in a semi-lockdown, my reflection and mind-wandering is at an all-time high. I have started to review my childhood and where I came from, how I got to the point I am at now and what’s next. Despite all the twists and turns this year, and all that life has presented, I am enjoying the journey more than ever. I would not be where I am now without all…

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    Swiping right

    It should come as no surprise that many couples now meet through online dating. A survey conducted by Stanford University found that the number of heterosexual people who met their partner on the internet rose from two per cent in 1995 to 39 per cent in 2017. This is a different outlook from just a few decades ago, when meeting your partner in a restaurant or bar was more common. There are now over 1,500 dating apps or websites. With over 270 million users globally, the $3 billion industry is a key player in many love lives. Online dating is the second most common way for heterosexual couples to meet…