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A GROWTH MINDSET READ

I pride myself in being mostly focused on fiction as a reader. I adore big castles, dramatic battles and a good character arc, however I’m not averse to non-fiction. Throughout the years I’ve delved into a few non-fiction pages that truly changed my life, or at the very least gave me a new perspective. Here […]

THE UNIVERSITY ESSENTIALS

As an international student, I’ve learned what’s needed at university the hard way. When I needed something urgently and I didn’t have money, I couldn’t easily run to my parents and ask for some quick cash. Throughout my semester at the University of Pennsylvania this happened a lot of times – a truly embarrassing amount. […]

THE VALUE OF FICTION

It all started in 6th grade. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson launched my life into a whole world that I never thought could’ve existed. It was a world filled with adventure, gods, powers and friends. Since then, it’s been Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and many more. So many fictional worlds that […]

WHAT THE ANIMAL KINGDOM CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIFE

It takes only 1 trip to the Kruger National Park of South Africa to not only fall in love with nature, but to learn from it. The immense animal kingdom of the savannah has many lessons to teach us, if only we take the time to listen. From leopards to lizards, here’s what I learned […]

AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT’S REFLECTION

Being an international student is as exciting as the books and Instagram posts make it out to be. It’s a life filled with adventure and opportunity, but it’s also one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever encountered. In January of 2021 I flew from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Philadelphia International […]

COMBATTING THE FEAR OF A JOB

We’ve all met those people. They hate their jobs. They spend day-in and day-out complaining about strict bosses, non-communicative co-workers, office politics and bad corporate coffee. They find little satisfaction in their daily lives. Nothing at work has given them happiness in a very long time. The concept of a 9-to-5 has always seemed like […]

My Ramadan To Yours

I always admired the way my parents would set their alarms to wake up for Sahour. The idea of waking up in the middle of the night to eat as a family was very intriguing and unusual for a seven-year-old as you could probably imagine. I used to desperately beg my mum every single night […]

How We Are All Celebrating Ramadan Differently This Year

My name is Sabad Khaire and I’m an intern at You Press. Nearing the end of Ramadan with lockdown measures still in effect this year, every Muslim is observing the holy month in different ways around the world. I personally have a different experience here in London compared to some others. As someone who suffers […]

A Very Locked Down Ramadan

So, it’s day three of Ramadan 2021, and the second one in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I’m an English teacher at a college in London and still working from home. I’m finding fasting tougher this year, knowing that we can’t spend Eid indoors with our extended families. Last year I went on an Eid tour […]