Over to you: Lara Henderson on this year’s exam results

Well, this year definitely didn’t go the way you originally planned. From exam fiascos, months out of school to cancelled summer holiday plans, what happened to 2020? Young Scots share their 2020 on pause.

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YOUR VIEW: Why we need a reading revival

We live in an age of instant gratification. And I’ll be the first to admit, as an Instagram addict, regular tweeter, and serial Netflix-binger, that I am a victim of this. Yet it saddens me all the same, because not only has this new lifestyle negatively affected our self-esteem and attention spans (and that’s only for starters), it’s also reduced the popularity of many beneficial pastimes that were once commonplace. It seems that one of the most gratifying hobbies of all – reading – is becoming less popular with young people. Nowadays, it’s becoming an unusual thing for young people…

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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 of World Yoga Day and World Nutella Day? I’m not denying the scrumptiousness of chocolate spread, but really – it’s a bit superficial. Are we really going to brand our parents in with food? And that got me thinking: why do we have a World…

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YOUR VIEW: The twig models shall be snapped

Jenny Bradley, a sixth year student from Cumbernauld, gets a little something off her chest that’s been bothering her lately – namely mannequins in high street fashion retailers… When I walk around town and see the shop windows with their skinny, twig-like mannequins glaring back at me not only am I thinking, ‘Oh lord, I need to hit the gym,’ I also think, ‘They are far too skinny.’ And I’m not the only one. In recent months, major retailers have faced backlack from customers over the shape and size of the mannequins they use in store to show off their clothes.…

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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 a lot more than I did last year. That’s what growing up is. Learning, changing, and doing things you never would have before. This might scare you, or excite you, or both! Whether you’re on the heels of your eighteenth birthday or you’ve got some…

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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 out of style. Too many of us have forgotten what it means to be polite. Too many of us forget what a splash of kindness can mean to someone. Are you one of these people? If you need some reminding as to why using your…

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10 things I’ve learned since finishing school

The year 2005. Tony Blair was elected for a third term as prime minister. Pope Benedict XVI took over from John Paul. DisneyLand celebrated its 50th birthday. And Cruz Beckham was born. It was also the year that I finished school and fluttered off into the big bad world of being an adult. (Or so I thought. I’ll be honest, at 28, I still haven’t got the hang of that one.) This month, it’ll be ten years since I finished high school. I know. I’m ancient. When I left school, iPhones didn’t even exist, Facebook was exclusively for students at certain universities…

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The dangers of social media games

It normally starts out as a bit of a laugh. One person comes up with a daft idea, such as soaking themselves with freezing water and ice-cubes and then posting it online. It’s simple, straightforward fun that can raise money for charity. Sometimes challenges are a bit edgier, such as swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon. More often than not, this leaves people gagging and at worst, vomming all over the place. Gross. However, there are some social media crazes that aren’t as entertaining. For all the benefits of social media, some web-based fads are receiving high levels of exposure that…

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Skills, skills, skills (for life)

“Emm… Mum, how do you turn on the washing machine?” Phone calls like these take place up and down the country every September. New university students realise after two weeks of partying and takeaways that clothes don’t wash themselves, as they stand in their last pair of clean pants, figuring out where you put washing powder and what all the flashing lights are before them. We can laugh at situations like these, having probably been in similar ones ourselves. A survey in 2012 revealed that one in every three students starting out in higher education is perplexed by the procedure…

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