"I want the world, I think. Even if it scares me."
"Van Gogh, Isaac Newton: most of the geniuses and great creators were not tranquil. They were nervous, ego-driven men, pushed on by a relentless inner force and best by anxieties." 25% of the US population are believed to experience an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. So is it any surprise that a book titled My Age of Anxiety became a New York Times Bestseller, and was shortlisted by the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize?
For introverts, who tend to find social situations tiring and feel the need to recharge afterwards, the idea of living with strangers and being surrounded by tens of thousands of other students can seem particularly daunting. But that doesn't mean they can't enjoy or make the most out of freshers' week.
“Why does it hurt?” I demand, head in my hands as I read yet another e-mail informing me that I didn’t get the job. If you’re a fan of John Green, you might answer “because it mattered”, while if you’re a presenter for an ultra-cheesey educational TV show, you might say “because of science!” Both might… Continue reading Why Does Rejection Hurt? “Because it Mattered”
This is an article I wrote for Redbrick newspaper a couple of weeks ago. I'm currently on holiday, so I've queued this post in advance. Apologies if you've read it already! Whether it’s before an exam, during an interview, or in the middle of a crowded shopping centre, we’ve all felt the tell-tale signs of anxiety… Continue reading Is Anxiety All in Your Head?