Guest blogs

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

How I discovered myself at Queen’s

3/09/2018 - You learn so much outside the classroom at Queen's.


William Graham, BSc Business Management

5 ways NI people are unique

31/08/2018 - Nervous about moving to Northern Ireland, a small country with people you’ve probably heard little about? Local student William Graham tells you everything you need to know about the NI locals.

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Anna Kruglova

International students: What to buy when you come to Northern Ireland

28/08/2018 - From souvenirs to bring home to your family at half-term to local treats to sample, here is your definitive guide of what to buy as a first-time visitor to Belfast.

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Queen's Student Blog

Your Open Day Survival Guide

27/08/2018 - With so much information to take in, it can be difficult to know where to start. Make sure you cover your bases with these handy tips.

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Queen's Student Blog

Clearing 2018: Finding Last-Minute Accommodation in Belfast

22/08/2018 - Don’t panic, no matter which NI uni you’ve enrolled to, we’ve got accommodation options to suit.


Queen's Student Blog

Open Day questions you’ll ask versus what your parents will ask

22/08/2018 - This is why it pays to bring mum or dad with you when you visit Queen’s campus.

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Queen's Student Blog

Who are we?

20/08/2018 - Hearing about Queen's University for the first time? Allow us to introduce ourselves...

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Queen's Student Blog

What makes Belfast special: The craic

21/08/2018 - Add this catch-all phrase for fun, entertainment, gossip, news and good banter to your vocab, stat.

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Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research

Five ways Belfast is unlike other capital cities

17/08/2018 - Safe, friendly and affordable – what’s not to love?

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Anna Kruglova

5 places to visit in Belfast and Northern Ireland

20/08/2018 - From the Giant's Causeway to the birthplace of the Titanic, these are the must-see sights for anyone living and studying in Belfast.


Marese O’Hagan, BA Eng/Social Anthropology

5 Ways to boost your confidence at university

17/08/2018 - From finding a university society that's right for you to maxing the support services on offer, here is how you can be your best self at university.


Jing Yen, LLB Law

Guide to choosing the right university

17/08/2018 - Guest blogger Jing Yen, LLB Law from Malaysia on how you know which uni is ‘The One’


Queen's Student Blog

You’ve accepted your offer – congratulations! Now what?

16/08/2018 - Here, your step-by-step guide to what to expect when you arrive at Queen’s in September.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Five things you notice about Belfast when you’re coming from a big city

23/07/2018 - I must admit, moving to Belfast from Hong Kong was kind of a culture shock for me. It’s a capital city with a friendly ‘small town’ feel which sets it apart from London. Here’s why I love it.

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Andre McCarron, Product Design Engineering

Belfast on a budget

17/07/2018 - Product Design Engineering student Andre McCarron knows that it's hard to make the student loan last. Here are his six simple tips to making your money go further.


Queen's Student Blog

Queen's rockstar researchers and how they're changing the world

3/05/2018 - The research at Queen’s is making a huge impact on the world and with a degree from Queen’s so could you.


Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research

Five life hacks for international students in Belfast

4/07/2018 - Simple tips to smooth your transition to life at Queen’s.


Jade Yuen Kei Wong

Everything you need to know about your first week at Queen’s

4/07/2018 - From finding your bearings to making friends, we have got you covered for your September arrival.

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Claire Kilpatrick, BSc Business Management

Discovering Hong Kong: Inside Queen’s Global Leadership Programme

2/07/2018 - Claire Kilpatrick, a Business Management student from Queen’s, recently took part in our Global Leadership Programme in Hong Kong. Here is what she learned.


Owen Smith, MSc Marketing

Where in the world will a Queen’s degree take me? New York

2/07/2018 - Queen’s graduate Owen Smith is working at Moët Hennessy in NYC for one year as part of the US-NI Mentorship Programme.


Queen's Student Blog

13 photos that prove the Malaysian Society at Queen’s have far too much fun

29/06/2018 - It’s amazing how we manage to squeeze in lectures!

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

8 Things you can do in Belfast that you can’t do anywhere else

29/06/2018 - Belfast is a unique place, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Michael O'Hagan, BSc Geography

Where will a Queen's geography degree take me?

29/06/2018 - Michael O’Hagan, BSc Geography (2005) is a hydrographer for Melbourne Water in Australia


Bernadette Collins, MEng Engineering

Where will a Queen’s Engineering degree take me?

29/06/2018 - Bernadette Collins, MEng Engineering (2009), has forged an exciting career in Formula 1, joining McLaren Racing graduate scheme before her most recent post as a Senior Strategy Engineer at Force India.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Inside Belfast’s Silicon Valley: Catalyst Inc Science Park

28/06/2018 - Belfast’s next-gen science park is an innovative community of people changing the world. Here’s all you need to know.


Nothern Ireland Student Blog

8 things you didn’t know about Northern Ireland’s booming film industry

26/06/2018 - Goodbye Hollywood, hello Belfast! Thanks to our stunning coastlines, castles and countryside, Northern Ireland is the new go-to filming location for a host of big-budget productions.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

Student meals for under £1 a portion

26/06/2018 - We understand you want to make your student budget stretch as far as possible, and with these fast and easy recipes, cooking on a budget is a cinch.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

8 Awesome Companies Affiliated With Queen’s

25/06/2018 - You can take advantage of our links with some of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

Travelling to Queen's from Sri Lanka

21/06/2018 - Postgraduate student Bimsarie Weerathunge gives her top tips on moving to Belfast from Sri Lanka.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

A day in the life of a Master’s Student at Queen's

21/06/2018 - Bimsarie Weerathunge on the realities of completing a Masters in Management at Queen’s.


Sara Venning, MEng Electrical Engineering

Where will a Queen’s Electrical Engineering degree take me?

20/06/2018 - Queen’s alumna Sara Venning is the CE of NI Water – one of the top five most successful companies in Northern Ireland. She explains how her experience at Queen’s was instrumental to her success.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

Cool workspaces and meet-ups in Belfast where you can get creative

18/06/2018 - Belfast is home to a burgeoning community of start-ups, freelancers and innovators. Here is just a snapshot of the dynamic hot-desking and networking spaces where they operate.


Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

The do’s and don’ts of getting a part-time student job

20/06/2018 - Max the experience to boost your CV and earn some extra cash.


Marese O’Hagan, BA Eng/Social Anthropology

4 reasons you’ll never be the same after Erasmus

20/06/2018 - In the first semester of second year, I studied at the Universitat de Barcelona. My Erasmus experience was one that gave me the invaluable experience of adapting to other cultures.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

Meet Belfast’s leading tech investors

18/06/2018 - If you’ve got an idea for an early stage start-up, there are plenty of investment opportunities right on your doorstep in Belfast – a city with innovation at its heart.

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Alex Jeffery, PhD History

Diary of a PhD student: Preparing for a PhD

18/06/2018 - Alex Jeffery explains the process of preparing for a PhD in the first of his blogs about his PhD experience


Nothern Ireland Student Blog

15 Queen’s students slaying the Belfast start-up scene

15/06/2018 - If you’ve got the drive and the innovation, Belfast is the place to make your entrepreneurial dreams happen – as these Queen’s graduates, alumni and students will attest.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

Why it’s time to get excited about Queen's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

15/06/2018 - ICYDK, Queen’s is the top university in the UK for KTPs having managed around 350 projects and with 420 graduates employed after taking part. Here’s your at-a-glance guide to the programme.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

5 Reasons Why Belfast is the Perfect City to Make Your Way in The World

14/06/2018 - With over 895 international companies employing over 99,000 people in Belfast, Queen's graduates can mine the wealth of employment opportunities available on our doorstep.

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Shauna McCaul, BA Drama

Where to turn to at Queen’s after bereavement

14/06/2018 - Support is available when you are at your most vulnerable.


Anna Kruglova

Moving to Belfast from Moscow

7/06/2018 - Studying abroad is a real adventure, which makes it simultaneously exciting and scary.

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Lauren Johnson, BA English

Your Essential Summer Gig Guide

7/06/2018 - With this line-up, summer is well and truly heating up!

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Karen Hassan, Queen's alumni (BA Drama, 2004)

Where will a Queen’s Drama degree take me?

6/06/2018 - Queen’s alumni actor Karen Hassan has starred in hit shows like Hollyoaks and The Fall. She explains how her experience at Queen’s was instrumental to her success.

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Queen's Student Blog

Five amazing things you can buy with the money you save with the GB scholarship

6/06/2018 - From an unforgettable gap year to a house deposit, here are some ideas on how to spend the £7,500* you could save with Queen’s GB scholarship

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Moving to Belfast from Malaysia

4/06/2018 - For international students, it can be always nerve-wracking to leave your home and to move to a different country. It takes guts. But guess what? You are not alone.

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Queen's Student Blog

29 things you need when moving into Queen’s Accommodation

30/05/2018 - The ultimate list of must-haves, might-wants, luxury items and basic essentials.

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Anna Kruglova

5 truths every PhD student will understand

30/05/2018 - Read these before you decide if a PhD is right for you.

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Justin Ng

5 Reasons to join Queen’s Kickboxing/Muay Thai Club

30/05/2018 - Eat your heart out, Jean Claude Van Damme.


Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Three misconceptions Asian students have about Belfast before they come here

28/05/2018 - Newsflash: There is such a thing as a Northern Irish summer

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Cat Rafferty, Residential Assistant

Queen's Accommodation: Your questions answered!

23/05/2018 - Residential Assistant, Cat Rafferty, is here to answer some of your frequently asked questions about living in Queen’s Accommodation.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

The first few weeks of university- my advice

3/05/2018 - Starting university can be daunting for everyone, but our guest blogger, Severine Robert, has some top tips to get you off to a flying start.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

Go it alone in Belfast!

4/05/2018 - There's so much to do in and around Belfast with no mates required!


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Where to get delicious food from your home country in Belfast

10/05/2018 - Let our international students be your culinary guides.

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Niamh Wallace, BA English

The Ultimate NI Road-trip: The North Coast

9/05/2018 - School’s out for summer, so hit the road and visit the must-see sites of The Causeway Coast, the region dubbed the best in the world to visit this year!

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

6 practical tips for International students in Belfast

4/05/2018 - All you need to know to settle into student life in Northern Ireland.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

5 Ways the MBA at Queen’s helped me

4/05/2018 - Step out of your comfort zone and begin a challenging journey, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

10 cool things to do that are less than 2 hours away from Belfast

3/05/2018 - Explore caves, castles and coastline – and be back in time for tea!


Queen's Student Blog

21 events and activities in Queen’s halls that’ll make you want to move in immediately

1/05/2018 - At Queen’s Accommodation, we don’t just provide first-class student rooms, we offer a jam-packed social schedule to help you make friends. From beach trips to quiz nights, there is with something for everyone. Here is a taster.

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Maisha Hossain, MA Creative Writing

Inside the Hillsborough Literary Festival

1/05/2018 - Creative writing student Maisha Hossain visited the first ever springtime festival featuring more than 30 events including poetry, prose, music, film and talks.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

26 student photos that perfectly capture the beauty of Northern Ireland

25/04/2018 - Wondering what there is to do in your downtime while you're a student at Queen's? Take a leaf out of these students' books and take in the epic countryscapes, beaches and mountains right on the doorstep of Belfast.


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What these Queen’s students say about Belfast might surprise you

24/04/2018 - If all you know about Belfast is what your parents have told you about a bygone era, think again. As these students found out, Belfast is safe, friendly and affordable modern city that’s buzzing with energy and culture.

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24 pics that will reassure you if you’re worried about making friends at Queen’s

24/04/2018 - From the like-minded folk on your course to the fun-loving peeps you’ll encounter in our clubs and societies, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends at Queen’s. Just let these student pictures inspire your #squadgoals

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Queen's Student Blog

28 amazing photos from Queen's students that will make you want to study abroad

24/04/2018 - Got a bad case of wanderlust? With the global opportunities available at Queen’s, you can travel the world during your time here. Let these pictures from our current students inspire your #travelgoals


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14 Times Queen’s Campus Reminded us of Hogwarts

25/04/2018 - From the Great Hall to the castle-like Lanyon Building, we can see Harry and Hermione fitting right in here – and you can even play Quidditch!

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

8 Amazing Part-time Student Jobs Available Right Here on Campus

19/04/2018 - How would you like to earn cash, have fun and boost your CV to boot?

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Queen's Student Blog

What is a Russell Group uni and what does it mean for you?

18/04/2018 - You’ve probably come across the phrase ‘Russell Group’ in your university selection process. But what does it mean and how important is it?

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Queen's Student Blog

Why the GB Scholarship is a great reason to make Queen’s your firm choice.

18/04/2018 - How does £7,500 a year sound? How about free flight, room upgrades and more? Read on…

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Scott Duffield, BA Broadcast Production

A GB Student’s Guide to Flying Home for the Weekend

13/04/2018 - It’s easier than you think to pop home for a visit!


Michael McConway, BA History and Politics

Top tips for coming out of your shell at uni

13/04/2018 - Introverts, there is where you come into your own

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Victoria Brown, BA English and Film Studies

The emotional journey of writing at university versus writing at school


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Ingrid Briano Jasso, MSc Leadership

5 ways my Queen’s placement has been a life-changing experience

11/04/2018 - As part of her MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development, Queen's student Ingrid Briano Jasso, from Mexico, got the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya - a trip that has changed her life.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Things to do in Belfast: A Student Guide to the Best Festivals and Events in the City

26/03/2018 - From art and food to culture and comedy, Belfast has a packed schedule of international festivals, celebrations and events for you to enjoy. Here is just a snapshot.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

My first St Patrick’s Day in pictures


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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

A guide to living with your parents while at Queen’s

23/03/2018 - It’s not as bad as you think (and you’ll be guaranteed free food!).

Northern Ireland Student Blog

10 Reasons to Confirm Your Place At Queen's

8/03/2018 - Here are just ten of the reasons you should join us in Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A-Z of Belfast for 2018

7/03/2018 - Your bite-sized guide to student life in the city.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Six money-saving tips every Queen's student needs to know

13/03/2018 - The apps, sites and discount cards that can save you major mullah.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Why Queen's Qulture Shock is an event not to be missed

13/04/2018 - Hello, drama, dance, music, comedy, rituals and food from around the world.

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Emily Romeril, Guest blogger

Four things you might not know about Queen’s rowing Club

13/03/2018 - Row, row, row your boat gently down the Lagan, says guest blogger Emily Romeril, a member of Queen's Rowing Club

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Where to find The best veggie food close to campus

12/03/2018 - Six of the best meat-free maestros in and around uni.


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Where to find Halal food in Belfast

9/03/2018 - Having access to home comforts is at the very top of every international student's list of priorities. Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman from Jordan has got you covered with her guide on where to get halal food in Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

What Belfast people say versus what they actually mean

26/02/2018 - Hint: this can get confusing.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A Student’s Guide to Belfast

27/02/2018 - Get your bearings with this local guide to the student hotspots.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

QUIZ: Are you a Titanorak or a Thronie?

26/02/2018 - Belfast’s film industry is thriving with every major production crew from 'Line of Duty' to 'The Fall' coming to Northern Ireland, but which TV tribe do you belong to?

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Belfast student area guide

28/02/2018 - Our guide to finding the right area to live in the city.


Rafal Kacprzyk, MSc Biochemistry

Four things I’ve learned about Skydiving at Queen’s

6/09/2017 - The sky is not the limit, says guest blogger Rafal Kacprzyk, President of Queen's Skydiving Club

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Ten things about studying in Northern Ireland that’ll stop your parents worrying

27/02/2018 - Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

6 Thoughts You Have Seeing Snow for the First Time

2/03/2018 - The Northern Irish weather can be, erm, unpredictable, but it also throws up some beautifully unexpected surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

5 Culture Shock Moments that Indian Students Experience When they Arrive in Belfast

12/02/2018 - Living and studying at Queen’s University has been the best experience, but it’s not without a few surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

18 Instagrams that will make you want to study in Belfast

19/02/2018 - Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman, the Jordanian blogger behind The White Rose Project shares Belfast through her lens.


Nyemahame Okwu, MB Medicine

Four things to know about Queen’s cultural melting pot

30/01/2018 - Everyone can benefit from our global campus, says guest blogger Nyemahame Okwu, from Queen's African Caribbean Society

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Lucy Brown, PhD Chemistry

Four reasons you should dive in to the Underwater Hockey club at Queen’s

2/02/2018 - Fun, friends and fitness are just a few of the reasons to take the plunge, says Lucy Brown from Cambridge, England, a member of Queen’s Underwater Hockey Club

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Jocelyn Hill, MB Medicine

Five reasons Queen's sailing club rocks

31/01/2018 - When you find a hobby that you love, university life is plain sailing, says guest blogger Jocelyn Hill from Queen's sailing club

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Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM

5 Ways Queen's has boosted my confidence

30/01/2018 - There are lots of lessons to be learned outside the lecture theatre, says Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM International Business Law, from Brazil


Lucy Rutherford, BSc Psychology

If you have these personality traits, Queen’s surf club could be for you.

6/09/2017 - You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf, says guest blogger Lucy Rutherford from Queen's Surf Club


Rachel Darragh, PGCE Education (Mathematics)

Four reasons I love Queen’s dance club

6/09/2017 - Dance lets you find yourself, and lose yourself at the same time, says guest blogger Rachel Darragh, President of the Dance Society at Queen's