As I stayed in quarantine during the period of covid19, I started exploring different ways to keep myself busy. One fine day, I came across my old sketches as a middle school student, inspiring me to revisit my lost passion for art. During my stay in Glasgow, I realised that there is a universal language … Continue reading Reviving a Lost Passion – Art
Since completing my first year at the University of St. Andrews studying Computer Science, I have realised the importance of supporting underrepresented groups in STEM. During my high school years, Computer Science was not an overpopulated career choice and therefore, I always felt somewhat isolated and unique in my passion for CS. However, this never … Continue reading Being a BAME Woman in the Computer Science Field
Glasgow offers an open, multicultural and benevolent environment. It is populated by beautiful, comedic, and passionate people who come from varying backgrounds. Living here as a minority for the past two and a half years has been a mixed blessing. Often, it is convenient that I can usually make friends from different (or same) nations … Continue reading Life as an International Student in Scotland
My primary school employed grouping. However, instead of grouping children in terms of ability, we were grouped according to race and gender. I started primary school following a rocky start to life, having moved schools three times before settling. Although I was proficient in my mother tongue, I was very quiet and did not interact … Continue reading From Feeling Inferior to Feeling Invincible…Miriam’s Story
I’m sure we are all aware of the tragic murder of a man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. This awful incident occurred when Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake twenty-dollar bill in a shop. The police officer then proceeded to pin him down on the ground and kneel on his neck for … Continue reading Our Skin Colour Does NOT Define Our Beauty
An experience that I share with pretty much everyone living in a diaspora is growing up with feelings of confusion and uncertainty in regards to identity and belonging. Although I have always felt accepted and as though I am part of Scotland, my Iraqi heritage has always been very important to me. There is so … Continue reading My Love for My Heritage and… Food!
The recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests across Scotland and the outflow of support for the movement online has been welcome. I won’t engage with debating whether or not racism exists in Scotland, it does. Look at the tragic death of Sheku Bayou, look at peaceful protests in support of asylum seekers and refugees being … Continue reading Scotland needs Black Lives Matter
Colonial monuments across the world cast insidious shadows of histories past across town squares and city streets that have since become melting pots of cultures and ideas. As of late these monuments standing proud in the peripherals of public consciousness, as they enjoy their lunch break, have become subject to vandalism, removal and an important … Continue reading Exorcising Haunted Monuments
My name is Beverley Jane Smith, I am twenty-one years old, and I am mixed race. My mother is originally from Uganda, Africa – and my father was born and raised in Airdrie, Scotland. We moved here twenty years ago after I had turned one, so I have spent my full life in Scotland. Growing … Continue reading Where are you really from?
Lockdown. Self-isolation. Covid 19,Corona Virus, all of the above,Is all everyone has been hearing,Since March arrived, A lot of devastation, death, fear, sadness, anxiety,Has interrupted the lives of everyone,Unfortunately, humanity is in the midst of a crisis,Many unjust untimely deaths, Sanctions placed on our freedom that we take for granted, What we should remember,This is … Continue reading Life in Lockdown 2020