About the Editor
At the time of writing this I have just submitted my last exam for my undergraduate degree. I started my BSc Psychology course at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017. As a kid I was very academic and only recently have I been able to explore my more creative side through music, modelling and photography. At college I studied biology, chemistry and psychology, although I don’t regret taking these subjects, I wish I had known that there were more possibilities rather than strictly academia. Only once I started university was I able to meet people who inspired me enough to try something new. These people taught me that you don’t have to only be one thing, you can be many. You can enjoy science and fashion, art and maths, psychology and activism, the possibilities are endless. Now that my time at university is coming to an end, I want to thank them for being so amazing. I know that they will go on to do great things and I love them dearly.
Initially I wanted to start this magazine because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough recognition for my work, with the men involved taking 90% of the credit. This was not a case of these men actively taking credit they didn’t deserve, but rather other people making the assumption that my role was a minor one, and that my contribution was minimal. Due to this I wanted to start a project that I could be proud of and I wanted to do this in a way that would raise up other creative voices who may have been previously overlooked. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me and everyone who took the time to listen to my idea and bring it to life. Initially I attempted to complete this project alone, but I realised that this wasn’t necessary and that I didn’t have to fear co-operation.
I am now moving on to a MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies but I am determined to never stop being creative. If university has taught me anything it is that you are always growing and changing. Just because you’re getting older it doesn’t mean you need to stop having fun and doing the things you love.
I would love to hear your feedback on this project and welcome any constructive criticism. Additionally, if you want to get involved in any way I want to hear from you! If myself and those in these pages can inspire just one other person to do what makes them happy then I will have achieved what I set out to do.
Love from Safi xx