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The Croft Editor's letter: Issue 10

The Croft Magazine // Love in the Time of Corona, welcoming the Class of 2023 into Bristol's new normal.

By Orin Carlin, The Croft Editor

The Croft Magazine // Love in the Time of Corona, welcoming the Class of 2023 into Bristol's new normal.

Welcome, Class of 2023! What a year it has been so far, and no – it’s not even remotely over yet. Everyone, that I know at least, has been slapped repeatedly in the face by 2020’s metaphorical wet fish, and guess what? The blows just keep on coming. I’m still mourning the loss of my cancelled holiday and frankly, I’d pay an embarrassing sum to be transported back to a time when I was pissed (and desperately trying not to actually piss) in the Lounge queue.

Fear not, for happier times are on the horizon. A new academic year is a fresh start and an opportunity to reclaim some of your life that has been purloined by this pandemic. Whether you’re joining or returning, Bristol welcomes you with open arms – and you should bloody well hug it back.

When the news broke that Bristol was to become the first university to force students to wear masks and visors during seminars (shout-out to Epigram’s own, Georgiana Scott!), The Telegraph’s Facebook comments were as expected. (My personal favourite being: ‘Of course it was. So many wokesters.’) But in my humble opinion, the reasons as to why Bristol is ridiculed are often the same reasons that make it so great.

In The Croft this fortnight, Style highlights Bristol’s best vintage and charity shops, Food shares a personal experience of the low-FODMAP diet, Wellbeing advises on starting university with a mental-health condition and Travel promotes Bristol’s multi-national food culture. Bristol, and its students, care.*

We are by no means perfect, but we are striving for great things. That’s pretty much what we’re going for here at The Croft too.

*(About our horoscopes.)

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