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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Meet Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO trying to revolutionise freelance education

Albert Azis-Clauson is the CEO of UnderPinned, the company which allows freelancers to turn their passion into business by finding work, managing their jobs, and ensuring they get paid. As I join him for a Zoom interview, I’m surprised at his quirky office background including only part of his impressive record collection, multicoloured artwork on…

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Singlehood in the Holiday Season

So here it is. You’ve just come out of a long-term relationship. Maybe you were having problems for a while, or maybe the breakup came completely out of the blue. Either way, you’re heartbroken, and even a little bit soul broken. To put it simply, you feel lost. You know you’re ready to move on,…

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“Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at…

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My journey of self-acceptance in the in between

Are labels all that necessary? This is the question I have found myself asking throughout my journey in exploring what identity means to me. After being diagnosed with dyspraxia in primary school, I became aware that my difference between the other girls on the playground was not merely that I preferred football to cat’s cradle,…


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