Studying through grief: University and over coming loss

It’s an unfortunate fact that every single one of us will experience the loss of someone we love in our lifetime.

Losing someone dear is a tragic experience no matter what your age or stage of life you are at. However, dealing with loss as a young person can be a real struggle, especially when balancing this with university life and studies.

As many young people have little exposure to bereavement, coming to terms with loss can be a difficult challenge as a student.

University is meant to be a time for self-discovery and growing, but the process of coming to terms with grief can often be the biggest test of all.

I took the time to speak to some fellow university students, who have experienced loss, to find out how they have dealt with the challenges of grief while completing their studies.

Out of sight out of mind? Falmouth reacts to the Westminster attacks

At approximately 14:40 on the 22nd of March, a terrorist attack was instigated outside the houses of Parliament, central London. The event saw five civilians killed and fifty more innocent bystanders severely injured.

A grey Hyundai drove at 76 miles per hour over Westminster Bridge. While one victim was flung into the Thames below, others were mowed down by the out-of-control vehicle.

The car continued on to collide with the railings outside parliament, before the driver exited the vehicle and proceeded to stab an on-duty police officer several times, causing fatal injuries.
The terrorist attacker was later named later as Kahilid Masood. Despite attempts to save him, Masood died at the scene.

The entire attack lasted 82 seconds in total.

Westminster and much of the capital went into instant lock down, with MPs being held in their chambers.

PM Theresa May was seen being hurried from the scene.

An attack on the British capital was highly anticipated, with the UK’s threat level being listed as sever.

Cornwall comprises of the most south-westerly region in the UK, a far reach from any capital.
Often Cornwall’s remoteness is what it’s residents love about living in this specific part of the UK.

However, does Cornwall’s isolated geographic location mean residents feel indifferent about the recent attacks? Or does the growing world of instant news and online media now mean that we can no longer escape these harrowing events, wherever they occur?

Stormy waters ahead? Cornwall’s fishing industry post Brexit

Cornwall’s fishing industry may be left out in the cold, after PM Theresa May promises Brexit negotiations are on track for the end of March.

The fishing industry is an integral part of Cornwall’s trade, as well as its rich history. However, it now faces a hesitant future as a consequence of the Brexit vote.

The region was on course to benefit from £2.5 billion from European Union funding between 2000 and 2020. Despite this, the majority of Cornwall voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd 2016.

Many of Britain’s 12,000 fishermen strongly reinforced the “leave” vote in June’s referendum. Britain’s fishing industry contributes to an overall £420 million of the country’s income. Although this may sound like a hefty figure, it calculates to only 0.5% of the UK’s overall Gross Domestic Product.

 

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Buyers inspect the daily catch. While in the market, everyone is asked to wear a hat and overalls.

Contrast that with figures from the farming sector, which pays almost £10 billion into the UK economy and employs over 465,000. The House of Lords have now warned that the industry could be of little priority for the UK government in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Many people from the fishing community claim that Brexit offers the industry the opportunity to recover some control over the seas surrounding the UK and potentially allow the UK to become a leading fish-exporting nation similar to Norway.

Craig Tomkin, an exporter from Cornish Fish Company, said: “I’ve been exporting for about 25 years and the industry has changed a lot. These days the quantity is a lot less but the prices are a lot higher but the quality is also a lot better too.

“We’ve been through a very turbulent time, a lot of boats were being commissioned and quotes were very very low, people weren’t really making any money.”

Despite the reasons for leaving, it now seems little is known about the government’s over all plans for the industry’s future prospects.

When questioned about the future for the fishing industry, he added: “We don’t know, and whoever says they do is a liar. Until negotiations take place we have no idea.

“Although I can’t see why we cant have an agreement to just trade, I think the politicians are making it difficult for the sake of making it difficult.”

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Crates of squid wait to be loaded onto lorries and distributed across the UK and Europe.

Nevertheless, the biggest market for Cornish fishermen remains to be the European Union, with nearly 80% of all catches exported and sold throughout the continent.

Like for so many UK residents, Brexit has shrouded the future with uncertinty. However, speaking to some of those closest to the fishing industry, they appear steadfast in their aims to keep the future of British fishing prosperous.

Brexit: Why the young generation didn’t vote

Emily Furness and Amy Wall debate the reasons why young people in the UK fail to get politically active in light of the recent Brexit outcome.

 

Its been discovered that 18-25 year olds are the least politically active age group within the UK. As the main generation who will be living with the outcome, questions have been raised as to why young people aren’t interested in politics and whether more could be done by the UK government in order to encourage young people to get involved. If young people did have their say in the recent Brexit debate, would the outcome have been different?