#GoodbyeTNS - A beacon of light, when I'd given up all hope
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As The National Student closes its doors at the end of the week, current Lifestyle Editor Ruby Naldrett tells us what the platform means to her. My last ever piece for The National Student. It's hard to find a place to start...but I guess it makes sense to go back to the very beginning. Throughout school, I'd struggled with maths and science to the point where my science teacher actually told me she didn't think I'd even get into college. (I've just graduated with a BA Hons in Journalism - so in your face Miss). English was my only escape. In the day I'd write stories upon stories, and at night I'd escape into a book where I could be anyone I wanted to be. Whether it was strolling the grounds of Pemberley with Elizabeth Bennet or growing up alongside the March Sisters in New England. My love for writing meant only one thing to me: I had to be a journalist. Since I was a child, it's all I've ever wanted to be. My grandmother would clean houses for a family, who would let me have copies of their old Vogue magazines when they were done with them. I was four years old, gazing at pictures of beautiful women in even more beautiful clothes and I knew - I just knew that I had to be a part of this world. It was halfway through my first year of university, I was struggling more than I'd care to admit. Everyone promises you that you'll move away and find these amazing friends and the love of your life - but this isn't always the case. Days were spent hidden under the covers of my bed, ignoring the world and wishing to go home and be with my friends back home in my small town, where everything seemed so simple - in stark contrast to the London world I had been thrust into the middle of. I remember it so clearly, it was the 6th of December 2016. Sitting on the floor crying hysterically on the phone to my mother, I wasn't sure where my life was going. I wanted to drop out of university and go home. It was too much for me. I was on my laptop at the time, frantically refreshing my emails (a habit I still have - stemming from the painful day-to-day waiting to hear from UCAS back in college.) An email popped up from The National Student. My article had been published.
Ruby at the BAFTA // Image courtesy of Ruby Naldrett
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