Let The Hunt Begin

(Published on Falmouth Navigator and in my student newspaper Flex, on Page 9)

As the new year commences, it’s time for students to start looking for accommodation away from the halls that have been central to uni life for the past months. Charlie Derry discusses the highs and lows of living off campus and the important features to look for when house hunting this term.

It may only be the start of term two, but this is the time of year that you should be sat trawling the accommodation list with your potential housemates, searching for the perfect house to live in next year. But what exactly should you be looking for when you’re spending weeks on end viewing house after house? And who do you go to if you if you’re having trouble finding somewhere to live?

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The Importance of Social Networking

(Published in my student newspaper Flex, on Page 11.)

I’d like to say that we’re not all obsessed with social networking sites, but I think it’s more accurate to say that we are.

It started off on Bebo when we were 10, before switching to Myspace when we started wearing skinny jeans. Now the place to be is Facebook, and for those who feel their opinions are worthy to more than just their university friends, there’s Twitter. So why are our lives so heavily focused around these sites? And why, as university students, do we find them so useful?

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No Cuts Down In Pasty Town

(Published in my student newspaper Flex on Page 3.)

Around 52,000 students took over the streets of London in protest against education cuts and rise in tuition fees yesterday.

One hundred and fifty students from University College Falmouth joined others in the national Demolition protest on Wednesday 10th November, making it the biggest protest against the review so far.

“Today, we have taken to the streets of London in unprecedented numbers on the biggest student demonstration this century to tell politicians that enough is enough,” said the President of NUS, Aaron Porter. “This is the fight of our lives.”

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A Riot Too Far

(Published in my university student newspaper Flex, on Page 6).

The work of 50,000 demonstrators in the student fees protest is overshadowed as a violent group of protestors cause a riot at the Tory HQ.

A group of demonstrators broke into the Millibank building after yesterday’s protest, smashing the windows and setting fire to banners outside, turning what was a peaceful protest turned into a violent riot.

One protestor threw a fire extinguisher off the roof of the building. It has been reported that they may now face a charge of attempted murder.

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The Reality Of Experimenting With Drugs at University

(Published in my student newspaper Flex, on Page 9, and on The National Student.)

As September’s Hollyoaks focuses on a group of Freshers and the effects that drugs can have, what is the reality of experimenting with drugs whilst at university?

A fresh start and, for most, a new home miles away from the towns we grew up in. As a new year at university begins, we will be faced with many challenging situations related to drugs. But we must ask, is the 5-minute buzz really worth it?

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A Fresh Start

(Published in my student newspaper, Flex, for their Freshers edition on Page 45.)

GCSE’s were easy; at the time we didn’t think there could be anything harder. But, in some way, it has all helped us get to where we are now. A-Levels are over. Gap years have finished. Now we find ourselves at University College Falmouth, beginning a new journey and taking on a course we hope to build our futures upon.

A fresh start and, for most, a new home miles away from the towns we grew up in. So why Falmouth? Falmouth is a beautiful town to live and study in, and its high population of students makes the environment even more welcoming. It’s often been described as a place of escape; a tranquil atmosphere and a place of influence that most don’t want to leave behind.

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Student Parking in Constant Threat

(Published in my university student newspaper, Flex.)

Students at Maritime Studios, in Falmouth, have received complaints and damage to their cars for parking on a residential road.

Three student cars, parked in a row down Pendennis Rise, had their wing-mirrors broken off on the pedestrian side this week. Students have not reported the incident believing that it will not resolve any problems.

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