REVIEW: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (2019)

In November 2019, I wrote a review article for my university’s student-run online news outlet, Nerve Now, about one of my most anticipated books of the year.

Read it here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/nerve/book-review-call-hawk-maggie-stiefvater/

FRIENDS: The One With the 25th Anniversary – Nerve Magazine

For the second issue of Nerve Magazine 19/20, I wrote a feature about the 25th anniversary of the iconic American sit-com, Friends. It was about whether or not audiences now, in 2019, were able to look past some of the show’s more problematic storylines and jokes, and how the nostalgia factor fits into this.

Check it out here, page 5: https://issuu.com/subu01/docs/nerve_magazine_issue_2_v4

Through Shame to Success: Raising Awareness for BFRBS – Nerve Magazine

My university’s student-run magazine, Nerve, published my first feature article in the first issue of the 19/20 academic year, and I could not have been more proud of it.

Using interviews with wonderful and successful women from across the Atlantic and closer to home, I was able to raise awareness for Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders, something that is very close to my heart, and I received many comments from readers about how they learned more about themselves, as well as about this group of disorders!

Read the full article here, it’s on page 23: https://nervemedia.org.uk/nerve/hustlers-a-review-by-jess-allen/

A Day in the Life of a Cat Café Intern

For five weeks in the summer of 2019, I worked as an intern for Pause, a cat cafe in my home town of Bournemouth. Officially, I was their summer Media, PR, and Events Intern, and my role was to manage the café’s social media presence and organize and promote their regular events. But, like any job role, I took on extra tasks when needed, and overall I loved my time at Pause. Not just because I got to work alongside twelve of the friendliest cats in the world every day, but because everyone there, from managers to volunteers, is so welcoming.

As with any job, no day at Pause is the same as the last. Being a café, there’s always something going on, even when closed. As my role included talking to customers both online and face-to-face, not to mention adapting to what was happening in the café on a given day, some days were completely different to what I expected, but always enjoyable nonetheless.

So, here is what a typical (if there is such a thing in a cat café!) day in my life as an intern with Pause looked like…

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