Mikhaila's studying at Strathclyde Univeristy, dreaming of a career in journalism. She loves books, baking, music and fashion.

The Lowdown: Say No To World Parents Day

On the first day of June every year, we celebrate global Parents Day. Having just been made aware of this holiday and its meaning, it struck me as odd that we should have one particular day to celebrate the people who gave us life. Are we really going to lump them in with the likes […]

The Lowdown: Studying abroad

Former exchange student Mikhaila Friel reveals everything you’ll learn while studying abroad. How to Face Your Fears This time last year, I had just been accepted to study abroad in the US. This was the most exciting thing to ever happen to me – but also the scariest. I had never felt these two emotions […]

Club Spotlight: the literary magazine

When you get started at college or university, it’s a great idea to get involved with clubs and societies to broaden your horizons, expand your social circle and discover new activities that you enjoy. For budding writers, Quotidian, the literary magazine running out of Strathclyde University and accepting submissions from students Scotland-wide, is a great […]

Money saving experts

New books, new bag, new stationery… It’s that time of year again, where we just spend, spend, spend. So how do you make your cash go the distance and meet all those new term costs? Read on to find out… Think Rationally If you’re starting college or uni for the first time, it can be […]

5 Things I Learned When I Turned 18

From the title, you’re probably sighing over your computer screen right now. You’re thinking: “What does she know about turning 18? It was so long ago that she can’t even remember…” But you’re wrong. I’ve been 18 for almost a year now, and I’m still figuring things out. But one thing’s for sure: I know […]

Mind your manners!

Mikhaila Friel shares why she things manners are just as important now as they were when your gran was a girl… Whether you’re going for that big job interview, you’re meeting someone for the first time or you’re hanging out with your nan, there’s a little thing called ‘politeness’ which is never going to go […]

REVIEW: Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

When a band hasn’t released an album for three and a half years, you expect their new music to be amazing, right? After all, they’ve had long enough to work on it. Those where my exact thoughts while waiting for Florence + The Machine’s new album; but sadly, it didn’t live up to expectations. After […]

Living in Student Accommodation – The Pros and Cons

Your UCAS application has been submitted, and soon you’ll be faced with the decision of what university to attend. But the uni’s location could have a huge impact on where you go. You could either move out on your own, or stay at home with your family – either choice will surely change your life. […]

TOP 5: Autumn 2014 trends

Now that the weather’s getting colder, it’s time to ditch those shorts and shades and update our autumn wardrobes. But don’t let the new season bring you down. There are lots of reasons to be excited for autumn – most notably the new fashion trends! With these top tips from fashion fan Mikhaila Friel, you […]