Columns

Putting yourself out there. It can be terrifying, but would you rather try and see how it goes, or live with regret?

I’ve been writing this column for a year now and I can safely say, I have loved every minute of it. So much so that I am continuing it in […]

The Silver Lining: Good News

It is common knowledge that life can be pretty bleak sometimes, so why not distract yourself from exam revision, essay deadlines and personal drama by cheering up and reading some […]

Windrush, Laozi, and Race Conflicts in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea.

The ancient Daoist philosopher Laozi once told us that: ‘Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.’ With this phrase he wants us to imagine a lake, whose balance has been disrupted, […]

Is your concealer problematic? Why hide dark eyes?

Christina Aguilera made headlines with her au naturel look on the cover of Paper magazine. Scrolling through endless thumbnails and misleading headings I was excited at the prospect of an A-lister […]

For George Orwell to get published now he would have to flash his nipples on Love Island and Vera Wang would start promoting Pretty Little Thing on Instagram

Last summer, I found myself discussing the differences between fame and infamy (https://www.shoutoutuk.org/2017/09/11/shakespeare-wouldnt-make-now-hed-cbb-clothing-line-rep-fittea/). Essentially, I concluded that in the last decade there has been a rise and media takeover of […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – This Year’s Theme and Why the Issue Shouldn’t Only Be on Our Lips for Seven Days

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week and in its 17th year the charity and organiser, the Mental Health Foundation, has focused on stress and how we’re coping. They surveyed […]

Does Queen Mary’s History Department Stifle Dissertation Creativity?

For many of us, the culmination of our time at university is the writing of our dissertations. Everything builds up to it. Although the prospect of spending a gruelling amount […]

The SU’s ‘Study Well’ Initiatives – Genuine Support or Not Addressing the Real Issues?

In the last couple of weeks, the SU has put on its annual ‘Study Well’ program. This has involved a miniature petting zoo, free fruit, Study Well notepads and bottles, […]

Memes Help Me Laugh at the Fact My Birth is a Curse and My Existence is a Prison

In the last few years, memes have suddenly become a major part of our culture’s comedic mediums; our social media is bombarded with them. There are funny ones, freaky ones […]