Tips for Assignment Writing

By Beth Clark – It’s reached that time of the semester when assignment deadlines are creeping up on us from out of nowhere. The lack of sleep is starting to hit…

By Beth Clark

It’s reached that time of the semester when assignment deadlines are creeping up on us from out of nowhere. The lack of sleep is starting to hit, work is just piling up and you’re trying to figure out what can be left till the last minute. You’re at the stage where you’re questioning why you decided to go to university, to begin with, so here are 10 things I recommend you try not to do when writing your assignments.

  1. Procrastination and leaving them to the last minute, ultimately means you end up pulling an all-nighter, something that I can assure you isn’t a fun experience. Looking back on papers that I have written the night before they are due in and seeing all the mistakes they have in them, makes me ashamed to have handed them in in the first place. By leaving everything to the last minute you won’t be doing the best piece of work that you can and your grade will suffer because of it.
  2. Don’t submit the first draft as a final draft. Always proofread your work, reading it out loud is a great way of spotting where sentences don’t flow or if you need to add punctuation. The chances are the only reason you would be submitting the first draft anyway would be if you have left it to the last minute.
  3. Don’t check for plagiarism after you submit the essay. My friend made this mistake at the end of our first semester at uni. After not having slept for 3 days she submitted the first draft of her essay 15 minutes before the deadline, she then proceeded the submit her essay on to the turn it in plagiarism checker where it comes back as 100% plagiarised. Naturally, she completely freaked out and a week later plucked up the courage to email her lecturer explaining the situation. It was only after a week of thinking that she would be kicked out of uni, that she realised her mistake of checking the plagiarism checker after she had already submitted the essay. Effectively she had plagiarised herself.
  4. Before you start writing the essay make sure you have a good plan and enough research. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through an assignment and realising you don’t have enough research, especially if have decided to pull an all-nighter. Research and planning take a surprising amount of time, don’t underestimate how long this can take.
  5. We all know how hard it can be to make up the last 500 words, but when doing this try to make sure that you don’t end up putting random waffle in your essay that will cause you to not gain any marks. Try to make everything you say relevant to the question if you are struggling to look at the assignment criteria might help.
  6. Remember to always save your work. Write a sentence or paragraph and save. Save even after a word. After losing an essay last year when my laptop broke, I can’t stress enough about how important it is to save and back up work in multiple places.
  7. Make sure you do sleep. Do not live off of energy drinks or coffee for assignment season. Lack of sleep means you make stupid mistakes and means you will crash faster than if you sleep normally. Try to establish some kind of sleeping pattern.
  8. Think of the word count. Just because something doesn’t make sense at that moment doesn’t mean you can’t reword it at a later point so that it then makes sense. Even if you think that something is rubbish don’t get rid of it until you meet the word count. Remember to check if quotes are included and if there are any limits on how long they can be. Don’t forget you may be able to go 10% under or over the word limit as well.
  1. Do the reading for the course (or at least what the assignment is on) and have some idea of what the reference you include say. Obviously for assignments you need to have some idea of what you’re talking about and use relevant information for that assignment.
  2. And finally, if you are going to pull an all-nighter: make sure you’ve got snacks and water – as sustenance is important for the long night you will have ahead of you. Take blankets and a couple of pillows, it doesn’t hurt to get comfortable.

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How to Manage the Impending Overload of Christmas

By Laura Vogel – Once again, Christmas has come upon us almost like magic, and many of us feel unprepared already despite knowing of its return every 12 months…

By Laura Vogel

Once again, Christmas has come upon us almost like magic, and many of us feel unprepared already despite knowing of its return every 12 months. Christmas jingle, Christmas smells, Christmas lights – Christmas overload! To a lot of people this season of joy, spells stress better than anything else. Buying presents last minute, having assignments being due, being not ready to see the entire family again – trust me we all have been there!

What we need is a strategic, some kind of “master plan” to face the holiday of holidays. For once, it might help to step up our game. Let’s try to start with the shopping already- make a list, check it twice and of you go. Just a note on the side, don’t go into the city on the weekend if you are not a fan of busy shopping centres and the final present rush. If going shopping under the week still sounds like too much stress, just start ordering on various websites that have everything anyway. No need of getting out of bed and you are still able to buy all the presents you need.

Something that screams stress even louder then presents that are not been bought yet, are assignments that are about to be due. If you turn it in date is either before Christmas Day or in the New Year, it was still a high tendency of ruining your Christmas spirit as you panic about meeting deadlines. What are our lecturers thinking? Did they ever hear of the word timing? The only chance that you have in battling this, is that you are stopping your Netflix 6 season TV show which you are currently watching, physically getting out of the bed and moving your tired body to the library or your desk. Getting caught up in the leisure of Christmas is great but don’t slip behind on your work.

And finally the big issue – family. It might worry you to see all these people again. Having to laugh at the cheesy jokes from this far related uncle of yours, making small talk with relatives you haven’t seen since last Christmas and pretending to be happy about the ugliest pair of socks you ever seen may increase your stress barometer. But hey, didn’t we all learn to compensate?! Grab the box of Christmas cookies and the red wine, find some inner courage and then maybe the small talk won’t be as stiff anymore and rather funny family anecdotes will bring a smile to everyone’s face. The corny jokes might end up being so bad that they actually become funny and well socks are just socks. Your shoes will very well hide them.

Don’t pressure yourself to have the perfect, blissful Christmas – it doesn’t exist. But a level of comfort will come eventually without you pushing it. Another way to stress out a little less is actually giving in to the Christmas cheer. Embrace it! Go look at the lights, fetch some hot chocolate, enjoy a night watching “Love Actually“, listen to Mariah Carey on full volume. Just do whatever brings cheer to you!

When all the gifts got opened, the roast has been burnt but devoured and all the candles burned down; that it is already over and so is the stress. And all that is left is a memory of another Christmas and hopefully some cookies in the jar! It’s all about finding a balance of productivity, inner calm and making the most of a small break from work.

My Experience as an ARU Ambassador

By Beth Clark – Have you ever seen people in brightly coloured t-shirts around uni? If you have, then you will know that they are part of the student ambassador scheme…

By Beth Clark

Have you ever seen people in brightly coloured t-shirts around uni? If you have, then you will know that they are part of the student ambassador scheme. This is where you can represent the university at open days and events, including reassuring possible students about life at university, as well as helping them gain more insight into the course they are considering taking. I became an ambassador just over a year ago and it has been a wonderful experience and opportunity.

I will admit that it initially was a daunting experience. I worked my first open day when I had been at uni roughly 3 weeks and was told I would be giving directions. This, as you can imagine, proved quite a challenge considering I was still trying to find my own way around ARU. I was terrified; the thought of having to speak to loads of people you don’t know is a scary thing. However, once you get into the flow of things it becomes easier – just like any job. The most enjoyable thing about working an open day or other events, is seeing the students who you spoke to around uni when the new year starts. You know then that you may have made a difference to that specific person when it came to picking which university they wanted to go to.

Being an ambassador has helped me to develop a person, I’ve been able to pick up new skills and develop those I already possessed. Most of these are transferable skills which I can use in everyday life as well. This especially includes situations such as when it comes to doing presentations. I get less nervous due to the ambassador scheme, as   I have become more familiar with talking to large groups of people. I can definitely say that it is a challenge, most of the students and parents that you speak to will make a decision because of the open day they went to. Just like any job you have problems you need to solve. Giving a campus tour would be a classic example, it is extremely difficult to keep the whole group interested when there are many different age groups to cater to. But challenging yourself is the perfect way to overcome these issues and familiarise yourself with on the spot problem-solving.

It is a job that works around your life at uni, you can pick when you work and how often, and believe it or not we do in fact get paid. It is an invaluable experience that I would recommend to anyone.

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Settling Into Student Life

By Laura Vogel – As an international student or a fresher, November is all about getting settled. Not in the sense of buying new furniture or home goods, no that is what you already…

By Laura Vogel

As an international student or a fresher, November is all about getting settled. Not in the sense of buying new furniture or home goods, no that is what you already should have done in September. The autumn is about settling into the city, finding your feet as a student and making Cambridge your new home.

You are finally not getting lost when it starts to get dark outside because every house looks like. No – now you know the quickest routes and like a real Cambridge person, you race your bike through them. You also know where to get the best beer in your surroundings and to be honest, that is a skill you are voluntarily trying to improve by trying out new bars and pubs every now and then. Blue Moon, The White Swan. The Tram or 196 on Mill Road are definitely worth checking out.

I imagine you have also started exploring more of the town and surrounding areas; less like a tourist, more like a native. Checking out cute little shops, going on tours around the city and trying canoeing instead of punting should be on your to-do list of being a new resident. Also, the days of awkward small talk are counted. You have probably started to bond more with your colleagues and flatmates, either getting to know them over a late-night chat about “god and the world” or a sneaky round of “never have I ever”.

You see, you have already done the baby steps. But why talking small when you can go big? London probably already called and you enjoyed visiting the City of City’s and its tons of attractions. But it is not just London. Also places like Ely, Grantchester and maybe even Oxford seem to be worth the visit. Remember to travel in groups though.  It is safer, way more fun and also cheaper because of group discount programs from railway companies and as students, we always appreciate discounts. You can get these discounts with your NUS card, which you can purchase with your Books Plus card!

But where am I going with that? The essence of this article is to courage you as a student and new resident of Cambridge to make the most of your stay here. It might seem like a contradiction but actually, exploring can help one feel more settled. If my ongoing rhetoric did not sound familiar to you, be brave and start checking these things of your list. Time is passing by quickly. And the winter waits for no one. So get out there now, before it is too cold and you are glued to the couch!

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Meditative Media

By Ben Jones – As Week 4 of the Semester dawns on many of us at University: some of you reading this may already be feeling stressed. Stress will be a familiar emotion to many…

By Ben Jones

As Week 4 of the Semester dawns on many of us at University: some of you reading this may already be feeling stressed. Stress will be a familiar emotion to many in higher education. There are a lucky few who experience it very rarely, and of course, some who experience diagnosed daily anxiety. But all of us, to some degree, have felt stressed. So what do we all do to feel better?

One thing that can be helpful is the media we consume. As much as the media is made up of large corporations seeking our money, it is also the stories, music and characters that we love. These can all be a comfort when the real world gets a bit too tough.

I put out a survey on Facebook, asking people for their preferred forms of media, which help them calm down when they’re stressed or anxious. Here’s what they told me, with a few of my own ideas thrown in – if you have your own suggestions of films/TV shows/music/etc. that help you calm down, leave them in the comments!

TV

One of the most popular methods of relaxation in the survey was to escape into an episode (or a binge-watch) of our favourite television shows. A lot of people specifically chose cartoons. This makes sense, as these are child-friendly, limitless worlds that are unlikely to drag us back to our Earthly responsibilities. Examples include the surreal Adventure Time (suggested by Jac Williams), or the classic anime Pokémon, which contributor Rosie Waite especially loves for the opening credits: “Nothing eases stress like singing along to an awesome theme song”. Very true, Rosie. Very true.

However, one surprising show given a shout-out was the Batman prequel Gotham (suggested by Rosy Hunt). The show seems to be a dark, gritty exploration of Batman villains when they were younger, tracing their falls from grace. It might be surprising to learn that relaxes somebody! But so long as it distracts your mind from what was causing distress, it doesn’t matter what you watch.

Music

This was the most popular answer, chosen by over 60% of people taking the survey. Sometimes, music is all you need to transport you away from your troubles. If it’s from a film soundtrack, then you already associate it with being transported to another world. One anonymous comment said they favoured “Historical movie soundtracks”, which presumably means films such as Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000). These films tend to have rousing-yet-peaceful orchestral soundtracks, and whether you like the film or not, the soundtrack may still be your relaxation weapon-of-choice.

Other than film soundtracks, people suggested a wide variety of artists, all of whom produce quite soft, sincere music. One contributor named Nina chose the indie stylings of Bon Iver. Other suggestions included the soulful R&B of Frank Ocean, the hip-hop rapper Logic, and the legendarily smooth Stevie Wonder. But another contributor named Helena posted that it didn’t matter what the song was; so long as she listens to it on repeat, it “focusses [her] thoughts again” and calms her down that way.

Film

Films are similar to TV shows, whereas an episode of a show is just one chapter of a story, a film is a whole, often-epic tale in one go. For some, a lighthearted superhero blockbuster, from the likes of Marvel or DC, is their go-to for relaxing escapism. Nothing too heavy (although they have their moments), provide you with plenty of mindless destruction and funny quips.

For others though, the more emotional the movie, the better. Helena writes that having a cry at a film is “therapeutic” as it “releases the stress and anxiety”. It could be a happy cry, at the end of an empowering ‘true-story’ film like Pride (Matthew Warchus, 2014), or a full-on ‘ugly-cry’, at something like The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004) or most any film by Disney and/or Pixar.

Video Games

This one may not have occurred to as many of you, but since it requires your interaction, a video game can be the best distraction from stress or anxiety. One suggestion was the adorable and non-threatening Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012, 3DS). We also had some more surprising suggestions from Rosy Hunt, including the post-apocalyptic Fallout 4 (2015, PC/PS4/XBOne), (in fairness, a wasteland can be very peaceful), and any game from the infamously tense horror-zombie franchise, Resident Evil. Again, whatever works for you!

Final Thoughts

In spite of all this, it is important to mention that nobody who helped write this article is a medical or psychiatric professional. Just a few students who understand the importance of healthily dealing with stress and pressure. Sometimes, a serious panic attack may take hold of you, in which case a movie soundtrack might not be enough. Otherwise, I hope some of you can take something away from this article and sample some of the suggestions left by other students. Please do leave a comment if you have your own suggestions of media that relax you!

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Disclaimer: The information in this article is from surveys and personal opinions, and does not constitute professional, medical or psychological advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions, or if any of the issues in this article affect you. Anglia Ruskin University has its own counselling and wellbeing service, you can find out more information here: https://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/health-and-wellbeing. 

The research undertaken in this article was conducted on a Facebook Survey where participants would be given the option to remain anonymous, and those mentioned in the article gave consent to have their names published. If there are any issues, please contact the editor: elle.haywood@student.anglia.ac.uk 

The Dark Reality of Technology

By Beth Clark – We live in a world where technology is quite literally taking over our lives. On average we spend 2 hours a day on social media, which over our lifetime equates…

By Beth Clark

We live in a world where technology is quite literally taking over our lives. On average we spend 2 hours a day on social media, which over our lifetime equates to 5 years 4 months. From here it gets worse, in our lifetime we spend 7 years 8 months watching TV, to put this into perspective that’s more time than we spend eating and drinking. When you think about it, we can’t do much without it. Technology is relied heavily upon to make our lives run as smoothly as possible.  Due to this, there are so many things that are becoming obsolete; books, DVDs, and CDs to name a few. When you look back at all the things we used to have, there really aren’t that many that are still needed today. Over a period, all things are developed and improved upon: the record for example. This simple idea has transformed over the years, developing into the cassette and CD. While all these are still available to buy many people now use apps to listen to music.

Long gone are the days of reeling the tape back into the cassette and having to flip it over if it was really long. If you talk to children now most won’t have a clue what a tape even is. They have become so accustomed to everything being on their phone or tablet, so reliant on technology, that if for some reason technology disappeared or stopped working, would children of today even be able to entertain themselves? If we gave a group of children a tape and cassette player, I presume that most of them wouldn’t be able to figure out how to play it. Taking this into consideration if you were to give the same group of children and brand-new phone or tablet, most of them would be able to set it up by themselves and then continue to be able to download apps.

Thinking into the future, paper copies of books will also soon become an item of the past. With eBooks being more popular than ever, books will soon end up in the same place as all our old tapes and CDs, buried in a box somewhere and shoved in some dark forgotten corner. The development of eBooks is a positive thing, they are helping the environment due to no trees having to be cut down to produce them, unlike with a paper copy. As they are generally cheaper to buy, it won’t be long before the book disappears altogether.

With the internet; humans have become very lazy. There is no need to leave the comfort of your sofa, everything you could possibly need can now be ordered online. 87% of the UK has brought at least one product online in the last 12 months, with companies such as ASOS having more than a quarter increase.  Many items are becoming available online, almost every store and popular websites such as Amazon and eBay use online shopping. It will not be long before we never have to leave home again. We are now able to do everything online from food shopping to organising events. Even to do exercise we don’t need to leave our homes, games have been made to encourage exercise, and gym equipment, although expensive can be placed in a house. Leading on from this most people can now work from home, with of course the exception of some professions. With advancing computer software, we can easily contact anyone we need to. Should you need to have a conference call then programs such as Skype can be used. For education, online courses are available meaning schools and university’s will not be required.

There is a downside to everything being done on the internet and the advancement of developing technology, including potential job losses.  Once technology reaches the stage where robots can take over almost every job, we will have nothing to do. Without our jobs, we ultimately would not be able to support ourselves, which could lead to the downfall of society. Following this, assuming that paper is a thing of the past, if the internet went down nothing would be able to be done. It would be the same if phones, tablets, and computers all crashed. Without them working it would be extremely difficult to do work in society today. In fact, it would be difficult to do anything without any form of technology, so I ask you this: is it worth relying on technology so much?

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Moving in to Student Housing – What to do and Knowing Your Rights!

By Hollie Luck – It’s that time of year again where you have to fork out a load of money on a deposit and haul all of your things into your new place. Now going into my final year of university…

By Hollie Luck

It’s that time of year again where you have to fork out a load of money on a deposit and haul all of your things into your new place. Now going into my final year of university, I’ve just moved out of one student property and into a new one, and so I thought it would be useful to give a guide on what to do once you’ve moved in, and your rights as tenants.

First off once you get the keys to the property you will need to complete the inventory form. This should list what furniture and white goods belong in the property and in what condition they are in. You should look through this carefully and make sure anything that is in poor condition or broken when you first moved in is written down on the inventory so the landlord can’t blame it on you when you move out! Anything that is broken should also be reported so that the landlord can fix this for you.

Next up is organising bills, it can be a little tedious at times but it needs to be done! If your bills aren’t included in your monthly rent then it is up to you to organise your water, electric, gas and wifi. Using comparison sites are the best way to find the cheapest supplier for each of these, saving you some money for Mid-Week Mashup!

One bill you shouldn’t be paying for whilst you are a student is council tax. Providing the council with a Student Status certificate (which you can ask for from the iCentre) will ensure you are exempt from paying the bill.

Once you’re all settled in, it’s important to know your rights as tenants. Put simply, if you break something then you pay for it. However, general wear and tear on the property is not up to you to pay for. If white goods randomly stop working or a pipe burst (and you didn’t block the drain) then you are not liable to pay to replace it. Things, like losing your keys or leaving a big stain on the carpet, is your responsibility though so be careful!

Furthermore, although you do not own the property, the landlord or letting agency isn’t allowed to enter the property without your knowledge and giving you 24-hour notice that they will be paying a visit, this is a legal requirement that they must uphold.

At the beginning of your tenancy, you should be informed that your deposit has been placed into a tenancy deposit scheme, again this is legally required by the government. You should ask for confirmation of this if it hasn’t been mentioned already. At the end of your tenancy, your deposit should be given back to you in full unless there is something wrong with the property that you are liable for. A written explanation of what is wrong with the property and how much will be taken from your deposit should be provided to you so you can dispute this with the landlord or letting agents if you feel money has been taken from you unfairly.

For more information about your right as tenants visit this website for more information.

For impartial advice, you can also send in your questions to the SU Advice Team here.

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She’s Finally Snapped: What the Upcoming Election Could Mean For the Country and For You

By Ben Smyth – As many of you will be aware, be it from news outlets or Facebook memes, PM Theresa May has announced there will be a snap election held on June 8th…

By Ben Smyth

As many of you will be aware, be it from news outlets or Facebook memes, PM Theresa May has announced there will be a snap election held on June 8th. What you might not be aware of are the potential implications of this election, and where we could all be headed depending on its outcome.

Whatever way the election goes, there are likely going to be big changes in many aspects of our daily life and in the long term future of the country and its people, so let’s take some time to look over what these changes might be and how they will affect us so that when the time comes we all have a better idea of who, and more importantly what we are voting for.

​It makes sense to start with the party who have decided the election must take place, so let’s have a look at what a victory for the Conservatives could look like. The Conservatives have been in power since 2010, initially as part of a coalition government with the liberal democrats, and have been in complete control since their majority win in 2015. In those 7 years, they have put forward many considerable changes to the way this country works, and many people have not been satisfied with them, especially in the fields of austerity and the funding of public services, particularly the NHS.

With fewer taxpayers money being put into such services and instead of being used to help equalise the national debt acquired after the global financial crisis of 2008, many people have voiced concerns about the Conservatives being more concerned with the economic stability of the UK rather than the wellbeing and quality of life of its citizens.

Other issues raised by the public have been the Conservatives stance towards immigration, especially the acceptance of middle eastern refugees escaping persecution and murder from their corrupt governments, and most recently of all, the debacle of Brexit. So why has Theresa May chosen to call a snap election in six weeks time, especially after explicitly stating in several TV interviews that she would not do this?

Many people are saying that this is a power grab by the conservatives, trying to secure their political leadership before the ramifications of Brexit become a reality. In her most recent public appearance, May declared that Brexit is happening, and “there can be no turning back”. This has since been refuted by Antonio Tajani, leader of the European Parliament, who has stated that if there were to be another referendum and the public voted to remain in the EU, this would be totally possible and things would continue as if nothing had happened. This then may be an indicator of the Conservatives motivation for the snap election, as it would allow them to secure their political leadership for the next 5 years and carry through their plans for a hard Brexit without allowing an opportunity for the public to reconsider if Brexit is the best thing for us.

A victory for the conservatives in this election would also allow them to continue their plans of cuts to public funding, including disability benefits, public housing, and public education. A point of contention that many members of the public have with the current Conservative government is their apparent unwillingness to find different areas from which to take the money they need to repay the debt, by for instance introducing higher tax rates on the very wealthy, or taking a percentage of the country’s military budget, instead opting to take money from the sections of society who need it the most, notably their highly controversial “dementia tax” which would see elderly people suffering from severe illnesses having to pay for their own health and social care through selling their home to the government. In short, a Conservative win in the upcoming snap election will likely lead towards a hard Brexit, and further cuts to public funding that will make life more and more difficult for the average citizen of the UK, and especially so for those already at a disadvantage, such as people with severe disabilities, medical conditions, or financial issues.

​So then, if not the Conservatives, who? This is where the issue of the snap election becomes a bit more tricky because while you may feel very strongly that the Conservatives are not the party for you, because of the current state of the other parties and the very short notice at which this election has been called, the alternatives are far from perfect as well. Let’s take a look at the Conservatives’ historic rival, the Labour party.

After the highly questionable nature of Tony Blair’s leadership, culminating in now provenly unnecessary war in Iraq, leading to the deaths of many many UK servicemen and women, as well as countless Iraqi civilians, followed by the less disastrous but notably forgettable leadership of Gordon Brown, the Labour party has fallen out of favour in recent years, helping contribute to the Conservatives’ rise to power. Since then, the party has been the centre of a lot of media attention on the account of Jeremy Corbyn, the successor of Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour party after his resignation following the 2015 general election.

Corbyn has been the centre of much controversy on account of his very socialist views, leaning farther to the left than previous Labour leaders. This has, on one hand, won the hearts of many young voters, especially students like ourselves as he has pledged to immediately scrap university tuition fees for new students and write off the outstanding debt or current students or graduates. Many young people in the UK see him as the leader the country needs, but this has also made him very unattractive to the majority of older and more centralist voters, who see him as a dangerous figure who would sacrifice the economic power of the UK. This division exists not only within the voting public but also within the Labour party itself, which has essentially collapsed in on itself since Corbyn took the lead.

As a result of this, many people now see Labour as an unelectable party, as they have shown themselves to be divided, unguided, and unable to see the bigger picture of the political climate through their own infighting and creative differences. While many of the policies Corbyn has vowed to enact seem like they would benefit many people, such as increased funding to the NHS, nationalisation of the railways, and increasing minimum wage, and the deconstruction of the Trident nuclear programme, it is not unreasonable that many people do not want to be led by a party who appears to not even be able to lead themselves.

​So with the two main UK political giants, particularly the conservatives, showing a host of reasons to not vote for them, to whom do we turn? In an election such as this, rather than asking yourself who you want to win, perhaps ask yourself who you want to lose.

This is the decision we all have to make for ourselves, and this article has only shown you a small section of all the aspects we must consider. We are currently living through a period of great political uncertainty, both globally and locally, and all we can do is make sure that we don’t close ourselves off and become uninterested, because if we do that then we will have no grounds to complain if things do not go the way we want.

This snap election will determine the future of this country for at least five years, and if you plan to live here through those five years, why would you not take this opportunity to do what you can to make sure they are the best five years for you? We the 18-24-year-olds of this country are the smallest voting demographic yet we are the ones who will be most affected by the results, so we cannot let this opportunity evade us.

The ability to vote is a gift not given to all people, and we must make sure to use this gift to at least try to ensure a future that is worth staying for, so when you wake up on the 8th of June, don’t let your say on your future slip through your fingers, get down to the polling station, make your voice heard, and once you have enacted your fundamental right to contribute to your country’s leadership, go have a pint and wait for this to all blow over.

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