Has Consumerism Killed the Coffee Shop?

Words by Riley (she/her), 20 USA When I say a coffee shop, what do you think of? Does your mind go to a Starbucks or the local cafe in your town? Since the inception of coffee shops over the centuries, they have evolved from places of political talk to commercialized quick chains to study stops…

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On ASD: Understanding Your Powerful Brain

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Neurodivergent people have a unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world that brings with it a unique set of strengths and challenges. They are not deficient, but harmful stigmas and copious misconceptions mean they are often perceived as such. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the…

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Reimagine the news: an open invitation

Open invitation

Emma (they/them) 26 VIC One piece of advice from journalism school still sticks with me: pick an AFL team and learn all about it – you will need it to survive breakrooms as a journalist. This small sliver of industrial wisdom may seem innocuous to some but it’s not. It’s a warning. Impartial? Journalism never…

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Women and the Environment

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  Feminist philosophy offers intriguing perspectives on a possible construction of gender relations in Western society. These viewpoints ultimately pose the observation that our patriarchal society treats women and the environment in the same way. In this framework, women, especially mothers, are often equated with nature – both relegated to…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Checking Your Bias

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Bias is present across so many situations, for a variety of people. Whether this be based on gender, race, age, ability or financial status. We always need to conscious of our bias and making a conscious effort to keep ourselves in check. Until very recently, I had been on…

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Community and the Disappearing Phenomenon of Third Spaces

Words by Tully (she/her) 16 QLD Being a teenager can sometimes be awkward, tiring and, often, lonely. Studies show that loneliness is on the rise for young people, especially girls aged between 15-24, with a quarter reporting that they often felt extremely lonely. It’s harder when the quintessential and desperately needed third space is rapidly…

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How to have a hot person summer all year round

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Making sun safety sexy isn’t just a priority for the summer. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the entire world, and unfortunately, us Aussies aren’t immune to skin damage, especially during the colder months of 2024. Them: “Skin cancer is an old person’s issue. I’m young…

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Time

Time

Words by Joanita (she/her), 28 NSW There were a lot of influencers on my Instagram Explore tab that day, but one in particular left me unsettled. She was showing what seems to be a robust data set on her personal life. “I’m intentional about where I spend my time, because I track what I’m doing…

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Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Words by Anonymous, 28 NSW Being lonely as an adult sucks. It feels sad and embarrassing to admit to struggling in creating and maintaining friendships at any age, but it seemed easier to address when I was at uni. Figuring out why friendships are dwindling in the 20s and 30s – and what to do…

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The road ahead for Indigenous Rights

The Road Ahead for Indigenous Rights

Words by Ben (he/him) 22 QLD In the wake of the October referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, the potential for policy measures aimed at improving First Nations’ rights and welfare to garner popular support has dwindled. So too has endorsement by politicians and their parties, who have been quick to abandon such policies…

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