Features / 03/05/2022 My Premature Quarter Life Crisis

Just over a year ago, in April of 2021, I’m pretty sure I had a mental breakdown.  Nope, not being ironic. I’ve suffered with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, sometimes accompanied by depression, for around three years now, and I thought I was through the worst of it. Boy, was I wrong. We started to come out...

Features / 03/05/2022 Concrete Confessions: What I’ve really learned from student journalism

After three years, 37 articles and a whole lot of deadline-induced panic, this is the final article I will ever write for Concrete.  Just typing these words makes the prospect of moving on from UEA that much more real. As I stare down the barrel of a summer of dissertation writing, job seeking, house hunting...

Features / 03/05/2022 Ending Up Here Again

I hate things ending.  I’ve never been a fan of conclusions, curtain calls, or moving on. Even when I’m moving away from something I don’t like, I’m filled with an enormous anxiety that gnaws away in the pit of my stomach. Take my last day of GCSEs for example, I had spent eleven years of...

Features / 03/05/2022 Alongside the Migrant Camps of Calais

This past April I spent a few weeks volunteering with the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) in Calais, France to serve hot foods to the displaced migrants arriving in Northern France.  On the other side of the Channel in wake of the recent increasing UK hostilities towards refugees, it definitely was a raw revelation of the...

Features / 22/03/2022 The Stigma of the Resit

In the beginning we were first year students, away from the comforts of home, attempting to settle in. In March 2020, Covid-19 sent us into a national lockdown. We had moved beyond the ordinary stresses of being a university student and entered the realm of a global pandemic. Some of us managed, while others struggled....

Features / 22/03/2022 The power of patience

I have never been a particularly patient person. My natural mode is ‘fast’ – both mentally and physically. I walk everywhere with the pace of someone who is either incredibly late for something and/or enjoys partaking in competitive speed-walking. I’ve lost count of the amount of times a friend has told me they saw me...

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Sisters are doin’ it for themselves

At five years old, my mother, father, brother, and I walked into a supermarket together. We were about to embark on a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads and as a rare holiday treat, I was allowed to pick out a chocolate bar. Overcome by the desperate indecision only a five-year-old experiences, my mother picked…

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How to apologise, properly

Let’s say you’ve messed up– you spilled a secret you swore to protect, forgot an anniversary, or broke your mum’s priceless family heirloom. I am, sadly, guilty of all three. In either scenario, you’ve upset one party by breaking an element of trust and you’re now faced with trying to ameliorate the situation with an…

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Battling my own internalised misogyny

Growing up, I’ve often battled with internalised misogyny. Society teaches us to think a certain way; a woman in leadership is bossy whereas her male counterpart is ‘a good leader’, a woman discussing someone who’s upset her is bitching, whereas a man is having a conversation, a woman who has a sex is a slut,…

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Why we should all be cheerleaders

In early February I attended the UEA Angels’ Cheer Squad event ‘So You Think You Can Cheer Dance’, a competition in which members of both women and men’s UEA sport teams can voluntarily compete, taking part in the challenge to learn a cheer routine choreographed by cheer coaches which they must perform on stage to…

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Concrete: Writing History

When we write for Concrete, we want to be up to date and reflect on the issues of the moment. However, for this article I want to take a look back, into history. I am currently halfway through my history degree, and I have learnt a lot about how my subject functions and creates its…


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