My first month in a graduate job

“What are you doing once you finish uni?”The sentence every undrgrad dreads. The kind of sentence that makes you want to reply “I don’t fucking know what I’m doing, Carol, what are you planning to do about your barely-concealed functional alcoholism?” Maybe it’s easier if you do a subject that has a clear job attached…

The 5 Things That Helped Me Survive My Degree

So, yesterday I graduated. It has been a tough few years for me, but I am pleased to be able to look back with pride over my journey, difficult as it may have been. University is not easy for anyone, and although sometimes I felt disappointed in my experience, I am glad I’ve gotten through…

Date night through the seasons

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I am in the mood for romance! But I love my boyfriend all year round, so this year I am granting him 20 dates for the whole year that he can cash in anytime. It’s a great way of reminding each other that we matter, and that there is no…

HDL TIPS FOR WRITING ESSAYS

I always feel a bit anxious about writing things like this, because it assumes that I a) know what I’m doing and b) feel that my expertise is necessary enough to be shared. The truth is, I have written probably around 30 essays at university so far, and every time I write a new one…

HDL Does Christmas

Despite my role amongst my friends being a year-round scrooge, I actually quite like Christmas in all its glittering, materialistic glory. I am not even slightly Christian, and while the key message of the Christmas season is not lost on me, I don’t feel particularly bad about celebrating a holiday that doesn’t quite belong to…

Review: Loreal Lumi Magique foundation in Rose Pearl

I am always looking for the best affordable foundation I can find. As a student, only a portion of my income gets spent on beauty products, and I tend to cheap out when it comes to things like nail polish, lip colour and brow pencils. But foundation is such an important factor to creating a…

Don’t Waste Your Vote!

The 2015 general election will be my first chance to vote (aside from local and European elections) and therefore my first chance to participate in the simplest form of democracy our system of government allows. But there seems to be a greater interest in abstaining from voting amongst the public this term, perhaps off the…

HDL COOKS: Strawberry Avocado Babyleaf Salad

Something not many people know about me is how much I love a good salad. They range from refreshing to hearty and can combine almost any ingredients to make a healthy lunch or side dish. Something I’ve found, though, is that eating substantial salads on a student budget can prove to be pretty lacklustre –…

Christmas 2014 – Disneyland Paris and more!

So now Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to talk about what the festive season has been like for me this year. It seems that Christmas really did creep up on me this year, and despite buying and making present lists far in advance, I still found myself rushing around to get everything done.The…

10 books that changed my life

1. Brave New World – Aldous HuxleyDystopian fiction is something I will always come back to as an academic, a student and a writer. It reflects and reacts to so many of the general areas of life that I am interested in: politics, philosophy and human nature. This was by no means the first dystopian…