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AuthorAlexander Walker

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June 3, 2019

“We’re just friends.”   “Let’s be more than friends.”   There’s a lot of discourse in our society that frames friendship as a limited love, as though it sits firmly under familial love and romantic love. This has never sat well with me—many of my most passionate bonds with others have been found under the […]

April 9, 2019

  For those who suffer from mental illnesses, so much of our attention can be placed onto trying to just get rid of it. And that totally makes sense. Mental illness is an immensely difficult thing and I’ll always support people trying to find an approach to recovery that works for them. Still, I want […]

March 11, 2019

Anxiety is a scary thing.   Imagine you’re walking through the Hub at around noon on Wednesday. You know what’s it like—absolute pandemonium!  Students swarming everywhere with their sushi and coffee and noodles. You have your earphones in, but even the Shrek soundtrack can’t quite drown out the rising tide of voices.   Still, you’ll […]

September 17, 2018

Sex is one of those incredibly strange topics, the kind that society both focuses intently on but ignores at the same time. The power of sex is in how it can make us feel — both in the moment of experiencing something sexual, but also in how we view ourselves in relation to sexual cultural […]

July 16, 2018

University! A place where we make lifelong friends, where we have the happiest time of our lives! Or — university: a place where we have a whole lot of acquaintances in lectures that we may awkwardly nod to when walking through the Hub. A place were we have to weigh up the risk vs reward […]

May 14, 2018

CW: discussion of suicide It’s a winter’s night in Auckland, and three men are talking about their feelings in a spa. The air is full of words I never thought I’d hear. “I’m scared of failure.” “I’m unhappy with being myself.” “I don’t think what I do is good enough.” As the quiet conversation continued, […]

April 30, 2018

Supporting someone going through a difficult time is hard. Often it can feel like you don’t have the right to speak out, that you don’t deserve to feel sad because “at least I’m not going through _____”. We give no thought to our own wellbeing when a friend calls us in the middle of the […]

March 19, 2018

I was terrified of the Hub when I came to uni in 2016. The place always seemed filled to the brim with students: laughing students, smiling students, chatting students, basically an enormously loud display of people who had already made connections and looked as though they were simply among family. It felt like I was […]

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