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Grief that Doesn’t End

Grief that Doesn’t End

Grieving When the Grief Isn’t Going to End   When you come from a community that often faces violence, whether that be interpersonal or institutional/state violence, your experience of grief is often quite different....

Winter Blues

Winter Blues

Beating the winter blues:   A typical winter evening - the sun sets at 5pm and people quickly disappear from the streets. You open social media and are confronted with everything wrong in this world. The winter blues...

Dear Indigenous Students

Dear Indigenous Students

Dear Indigenous Student in Higher Education: You’re doing so great. No, I don’t know your grades, I haven't read your essays and I don’t know how or even if you participate in class. But I know you’re doing great. Do...

Pole Dancing

Pole Dancing

How pole dance taught me patience   The first time I went to a pole class, I was so anxious that I was sweating through my clothes before I even walked in the door. At the time I saw myself as an uncoordinated lump -...

Netflix

Netflix

Ah Netflix! It’s so easy to use it as an escape from reality when things get too much. It’s almost comforting to engulf yourself in the lives of the characters and obsess over their reality, instead of facing your own....

Gaming

Gaming

Ever notice how gaming can be a very good escape from reality? You create your own little world and escape even if just for a little while.   For a large part of my life, I didn’t want to look at my emotions, I wanted...

Coping with Quarantine

Coping with Quarantine

Coping with Lockdown   Keeping active Despite not having access to our usual forms of exercise, movement is still a great way to boost endorphins, keep your body working and make you feel like you accomplished...

International Students

International Students

Content warning: death, illness   A lot of immigrants like myself live with a constant pit in our stomach every single day. I am grateful to be in a country where things are getting back to normal. I am healthy and...

Volunteering

Volunteering

The ups and downs of volunteering   I have mixed feelings about volunteering. Over the years I have volunteered for community groups, school fundraisers and umpteen "organising" committees. I experienced the highs and...