Anticipation. That is the word I would expect to use to describe the emotion at a university graduation. Sitting there amongst friends with a sort of nervous excitement, as the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 opens.
This article is a retrospective piece, looking back and reflecting on the low level of political engagement this academic year and suggests reasons why students may be reluctant to vote in SU elections.
I have dreamed for years of my time as a career woman in the Big Smoke. Pret coffee in one hand, work phone in the other, I picture myself boarding the Tube to work, sitting next to like-minded young professionals all on our way to ‘the top’.
It is undeniable that, in the last few years it has become common in the media to paint young people’s morals in a negative light and to call them the ‘snowflake generation’ - a derogatory term for young people who are viewed as not being resilient enough and being too easily offended.
Since Monday 8th March, some students have been part of a limited return to in-person teaching while the vast majority of us have not. The disparity between courses in this sense, sets an unpleasant precedent that some courses are worth more than others.
Recent headlines have hinted at ‘secret university waiting lists’ amid growing concerns with grade inflation. If true, this would merely be the most recent in a series of scandals surrounding the treatment of students in higher education during this pandemic.