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7 REASONS WHY REJECTION ISN’T AS BAD AS YOU THINK

As someone who’s attempting to break into the creative industry, let’s face it: rejection is inevitable. In fact, it was a recent rejection that motivated me to write this piece because quite frankly, I’m a tad cheesed off from reading the carefully constructed and ever so punitive let-you-down-gently expression, “we regret to inform you… blah…blah…unsuccessful…blah…”  These words are like being slapped in the face with a cold damp dirty dishcloth. “LIFE’S SO UNFAIR,” you whine. Of course it is. So pull yourself together. Step 1: Have a cup of tea and maybe a chocolate biscuit—wait—DEFINITELY a chocolate biscuit. Step 2: Yell the following four formidable letters aloud: N E X T! Because ultimately, it’s how we deal with rejection that determines our future. Whether it’s a relationship gone...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: LESSONS LEARNED AS A SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

I am a millennial. There is a societal belief that because of the year in which I was born it is my job to understand social media. There is also a societal belief that all I care about is social media. And while the negative connotation associated with both beliefs is unwelcomed, those statements are not exactly wrong. Technically, it is my job to understand social media. And yes, I do care a lot about social media, but not in the way some individuals might think. Instagram has over 500 million active monthly users, and those users have shared over 40 billion photos since the start of the social media giant. There is no shortage of individuals creating, sharing and “#regram-ing” content, which makes one wonder, how and when did a feed full of sunrises, cat videos and avocado toast become ...

MAKING SENSE OF TERROR

It’s about the denial of safe space, the unnerving sense they might hit any place at any time… ◇ Our idea of terrorism is composed from the perspective of victims, government, and media based on what makes sense to us: the “sane” and “normal” people. However, the painful yet much needed to be addressed issue is: How do we make sense of those who commit these horrendous acts of violence? ◇ Many will dismiss this question, because they will not wish to engage with any sort of understanding of people who bomb innocent civilians—I recognise that—it’s far easier to brand violent persons as psychopaths. Nevertheless, demonising will not wash the stain of terrorism from our public spaces or our own minds. ◇ The majority who commit acts of barbarity are not mentally ill. Often, they are lured into...

IT’S TIME FOR PORN TO CHANGE

There are an infinite number of issues to address in this day and age, and an infinite number of ways to make a difference. But, hear me out. What if we looked at the subjects of gender norms, stereotypes, relationships, social constructs, self-love etc… through the lens of the adult film industry? Porn is so easily accessible (thanks to the internet) and unfortunately it perpetuates stereotypes, unhealthy sexual habits and unrealistic expectations about sex. Furthermore, the pornography industry is dominated by “the male gaze”  (study up on that too) and men in general. How many times have you watched porn and felt empowered? I believe many young adults have subconsciously formed skewed perceptions of sex based on what they see in adult films. Where does that leave us? &...

GENDER DISPARITIES AND THE POWER OF WORDS AND LANGUAGE

Objective critical thinking should be taught as a compulsory subject from the age of 5 right through to our college years in order to enable us to step back and objectively view, and thus question, what is fed to us daily. Mass media, being a particular problem in its dehumanizing of minorities, devaluing women, and applauding the 1%, inaccurately reflects the real society we live in. If everyone thought objectively we could dismantle the mass media, and and other systematic processes of oppression, such as the patriarchy, an outdated system we have lived under to service the dinosaurs and oppress the true majority: women. I’ve been reading one particular book recently entitled Critical Applied Linguistics by Alastair Pennycook. I have found it fascinating, frustrating and important....

THE GIRL WHO IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE ADDICTION OF SELF INJURY

  Self-harm is a very taboo subject. I’m sure if you have ever come across someone who has self-harmed in the past or continues to, the first question that enters your mind is ‘why’. The answer to this question is coming from someone who used to use self-harming methods as a way of coping & dealing with my emotional pain. It seems so strange almost to so many people, why would you want to inflict deliberate pain on yourself? It’s all about the mind and the endorphins that the body produces when it gets an injury of some kind. When I was growing up, I did mild self-harm, when I was anxious or upset I’d deliberately cause carpet burns on parts of my body (face, arms, knuckles). I would also deliberately claw my cheeks with my fingernails in anger and upset. Since I’ve become an adul...

ECHO CHAMBERS

Until very recently, if you had used the term “echo chamber” I would have thought you were talking about some vast, dark space that nightmares are made of, or that constant, repetitive voice in my head that nightmares are also made of. But after the recent political events, it became very clear to me that I was living in an actual echo chamber. One that is a truly vast and dark space filled with me and all my liberal friends panicking at the same pitch. A tiny light has been lit in the middle now, so I can almost see where I am. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I have not found a way out. In all gospel truth, I may be digging myself deeper into the hole. The more I try to justify the voices it seems the further away I am from the light. And if I try to drown out the voices, I go nowh...

STAY SAFE ON SNOW DAYS

Snow Day. Two words that often mean freedom and fun in the dead of winter, with an agenda that includes building a snowman, sledding on neighborhood hills and playing outside with friends. Nine-year-old Zachary Allen went to a friend’s house to play on a snow day. Zachary and his two friends were sledding in the backyard and walked onto a retention pond near their homes in a Powell neighborhood. Despite previous conversations with his parents about not going near the pond, Zachary’s curiosity got them best of him and he followed the other children onto the ice where it appeared frozen. Tragically, he fell into the frigid water. Zachary was able tread water while he determined the best route out of the water and swim to the side of the pond. He also had the endurance and strength to swim 20...

MARCHING FOR LOVE

Why I marched? There was a lot of name calling in 2016. Deplorables, Nasty Woman, Elitists – the list goes on. No group owns hate, in the same way no group owns love. I find this hopeful. Anyone can embrace love. I embrace love over anger and hate (and it isn’t always easy). I feel better approaching people with love. I learn more approaching people with love. Instead of calling someone a name, I ask questions, “What is most important to you? What most influenced your decision to vote for this person?” For many, family and children are the most important thing. People are making what they believe to be the best decision for their family and children. Maybe I made a different decision, but doesn’t make me right and them wrong. It means we are Americans who have different points of vie...

WHAT THE KROC

X: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean” The Loud House is a Nickelodeon animated television series. One of the hallmarks of the series is it’s the first ever portrayal of a same-sex couple in a Nick show. Harold and Howard McBride have received praise for representing a same-sex couple in a casual way. There is no bold print screaming: THEY ARE GAY!! There are no asterisks denoting *depiction of same-sex couple. Breaking with tradition in this way is considered pretty monumental. The show follows primarily Lincoln Loud, the middle child of the eleven child Loud family. In my first viewing of The Loud House, Lincoln receives his very first job. It’s a job which requires janitorial work-sweeping, wiping, washing etc. The manager of the establishment catches the novice wor...

ETHICAL DESIGN?

2 months ago I was contacted by a renowned design consultancy looking to recruit designers for their new London offices. I was flattered and thrilled by the new opportunity and couldn’t wait to become a part of a company that declares that ‘We focus on three major themes that define our future: Future Citizens, Smarter Living, and Healthier Lives’. Reading this statement I was positive that the design work they were producing would be responsible and ethical. Claiming to ‘shape our future through design’, I was surprised to find out that the agency’s main clients were financial institutions and an oil company. I wondered whether the design agency actually believed that banks and energy companies should be those who shape our future and if so — what kind of future would that be?! Taking a s...

SKIPPING MY COLLEGE GOLDEN YEARS

Somehow, I didn’t receive the message that binge drinking is the only way to become an adult.  I didn’t think my preference for reading a book cozy in bed over blacking out made me boring, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Somehow, my glory days are wasted by not having wild party stories to tell, but instead being able to relate back my “fun and exciting night” of writing, doing homework, or editing my photography. I know I’m not the only one that prefers to stay in, but some nights that’s what it feels like when no one will answer my texts or spend a night in with me.  I don’t even bother asking someone to spend a night exploring Boston with me because I know what the answer will always be: a no followed by a lame excuse, and then pictures from a party they atte...

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