Let me start by describing a common scenario.
You are about to go to sleep. You are in those 5–10 minutes where you aren't really awake but you’re not asleep either. In those few minutes, some incredible ideas start rushing to your mind. You want to somehow record them but you don't have the means to do so.
You convince yourself that you’ll remember them the next morning, maybe even repeat it to yourself a few times hoping that will stick until the next morning.
You eventually fall asleep and reality hits the next morning when you have completely forgotten…
I recently finished reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The book starts in late eighteenth century Ghana where 2 half-sisters are born into different villages and lives.
Both have extremely different lives, where Effia is married to an Englishman and lives in the Cape Coast Castle (image shown below). Her sister, Esi, is imprisoned in the dungeons of the same castle and sold in the slave trade. She is shipped to America.
For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a month to focus on fasting, prayer and committing good deeds.
As a student, I sometimes found it challenging to balance between my studies and my religious commitments. This is especially true because Ramadan is usually at the same time as coursework submissions and end of year exams.
The techniques below have significantly improved my focus and helped me accomplish more on both the academic and religious fronts.
I am aware that different people use different terms. …
I recently noticed people talking about a trend of ‘photo dumps’ that started on Instagram. In short, photo dumps are when people post regular photos of things they did over a period of time like hanging out with friends or walking their dog, etc. The images tend to be unfiltered and candid in style.
When I looked a bit more into it, I realised that the trend was started to make Instagram ‘normal’ again. This raised the questions: Is Instagram not normal anymore? Is everyone on Instagram an influencer?
According to InfluencerDB and as of March 2019, there were over…
I read ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ twice at 2 critical points of my life. The first time was before starting my final year at school. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my life (after school) and I came across the book because my dad had read it. The second time was a few months ago, which is approximately 6 months from my university graduation. It was a godsend both times!
‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a fiction self-help book telling the story of four characters: two mice, “Sniff” and “Scurry,” and two Littlepeople, human metaphor, “Hem”…
Dystopia, or negative utopia, has always been a popular genre. However, from January to March of 2017, one edition of “1984” saw a sales jump of 10,000%!
This got me wondering:
Why do people love dystopian novels so much?
Let’s take George Orwell’s 1984 as an example. This is as dystopian as it gets. 1984 is set in Oceania, where Big Brother and his party control everything and can read everyone’s thoughts. Media is censored and controlled.
Over the past few years, I have attended many CV workshops, conducted by companies and universities. I was able to learn a lot and get an insight into some of the creative elements that can be added to elevate a CV!
From the CVs I have been seeing, I noticed a few trends that both serve a purpose and look aesthetically pleasing. Here are 4 really cool CV trends:
This is a really cool feature that you can add to your CV and won't take much time to create. …
I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’. Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She is a woman whom I admire and look up to when it comes to career progression and persistence.
I will be entering the workplace in approximately 3 months for the first time. As a female graduate working in a competitive, male-dominated sector, I found myself thinking a lot about what my experience will be like.
Lean In opened my eyes to the many struggles Sheryl Sandberg and many women faced and still face in the workplace. The challenges that Sheryl Sandberg discussed…
Being a student is 90% time management and 10% learning new stuff. In my opinion, the challenge isn’t that the content is too difficult (although it can be), the main challenge is that there’s too much to do in a finite period of time.
However, this can be made easier if we analyse the pressure points and break them down. Below are 4 methods that I used to ensure that I complete my work while still having time to enjoy my time at university.
Time-lapsing is when you take a recording at a high speed. Time-lapsing has many purposes:
As a student, I’ve been living in rented houses for the past 3 years. This involved either going through a letting agency or a private landlord.
Renting a house as a student can be really daunting. As an international student, I felt even more lost and scared to speak up because I wasn't sure if I was in the wrong or not.
I realised that a lot of agencies and landlords exploit the fact that many students are naive and don’t know their rights. …