AMPLIFY - Issue Three (Summer 2022)

Welcome the 2022 edition of AMPLIFY Magazine, written and produced by year one students on the UAL Level 3 CreativeMedia Production, Journalism andDigital Communications course at HSDC, SouthDowns campus. Thismagazine is produced as part of one of our first year projects. Students have beenworking on research and written skills alongwith photographic and page layout techniques. However, this course aims to give learners a range of skills required in content creation. Alongside thiswe have also beenworking on creating podcasts and producing video interviews. Underpinning all the practical elements of this course, studentswill learn about media theory, audiences and the representation of marganalised groups in the popular press. Alongwith how media organisations decidewhat makes stories newsworthy and the dangers of fake news. There is also a large focus on transferable skillswhich are recognised as essential in any communications based industry. Thesewould include the ability to research, write and present information to a given audience, communicating amessage, identifying with a brand, leadership and teamwork skills andworking to professional expectations. This is achieved through providing a safe and fun learning environment with supportive staff that encourage growth and help develop confidence.

Students have chosen a range of topics to include in this issue, and the great part about this course is the flexibility in subject matter that they can explore. We activiely encourage them towrite about topics that are relevant to their interests or career goals. Some studentswant to consider a sport journalismroute, some look at fashion or music journalismand othersmay stick with newswriting. Somemay go into different communications roles entirely. Most of our students go to university at the end of their course and an increasing amount are going down the apprenticeship route, such as social mediamarketing or PR. There aremore details about this course and how to apply, on ourwebsite




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Student Meals HSDC Style

Shina Patel

Social Media and Fashion

Ellie Louca

Animal Science at HSDC

Alysia Doyle

Adulting 101

Grace Helms

Sex & Drugs & Rock n’ Roll

Holly Grant

A HSDC Student’s Hobbies & Interests

Dave Howes

Learning Drive in 2022

Jack Whitewood

Social Media & Mental Health

Tiana Hynes

Esports at HSDC

Samuel Murphy-McGunn

Fast Fashion

Ellie Louca

Summer 2022: Holiday Hotspots

Lois Watts

Tips on College and Work

Tanisha Cook

College Street Fashion

Alysia Doyle

Everything for Teeens To Do

Grace Helms

Music in Our Time

Holly Grant

Spotlight on Film & TV

Jack Witewood

Health and Fitness at HSDC

Dave Howes

Travel & Tourism at HSDC

Lois Watts

Call of Duty Vanguard - Review

Samuel Murphy-McGunn

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

Tanisha Cook/Shina Patel

Metal Health Matters

Tiana Hynes

Panicking about food on a student budget? We’ve got it sorted

Student meals HSDC style

When students start at college, including HSDC they have to step up and take more responsibility for themselves. We at AMPLIFY know this only too well so that’s why we’ve come up with some great tips and advice on easy and quick cooking. In this article you will find how you can manage time and be able to cook on a budget, and you will also learn what types of food students recom- mend that are quick, easy and cheap. I started by investigating what it’s like to be at University, managing on your own and cooking for yourself. I spoke to former college student Anjali Patel to get her advice after two years experience. She found that the easiest way for her to cook on a budget was to at the end of the week to a big food shop and do some meal prepping, which she said that it saved her so much time as well as money. When asking her what cheap and easy foods she recommends she said that pot noodles and ready made salads were her go to. When it comes to making the food she said that she makes enough that it will last two meals. I then posted a survey for HSDC South Downs stu- dents and asked them what cheap and easy food they would recommend and why. Most of the students said that their go to cheap and easy meal was pot noodles, because they are really cheap and they only need hot water and it takes no more than five minutes to make. But what about making a homemade pot noodle? All you need is some noodles, a stock cube, throw in some frozen veg and perhaps a pinch of spices or chilli for an extra kick. . One student said that they would recommend bulk buying food then meal prepping it before hand, because it is a quick way of getting food and it is at an appropriate cost as well. A few other students said that they would recommend cheese toastie as it won’t cost much and also it won’t take long to make and it can be a quick easy meal for in between lessons or while doing work.

I spoke to Denise who works in the HSDC South Downs Courtyard Cafe and got her opinions on what type of foods work best with students and how they make it work. She said that their main goal is to cater to meet the needs of students and what they like. The most popular things that they sell are chicken wraps, pasta pots, all types of burgers, chips, wedges and fizzy drinks. How - ever she said that they don’t sell much fruit or veg. They also have a two week rotation plan for the different foods. So if these are your favour - ites here’s an easy homemade burger : https:// healthy-burger-recipes I spoke to former college student Anjali Patel again to see where she is now after those two years and get some advice for prospective stu - dents. When speaking to her she said unlike be- fore where she just used to eat pot noodles all the time she now makes sure she finds the time to cook no matter how late in the day. Compared to before she said that she thinks she has definitely come further than before, as before she said she didn’t know the value of money and how quick it can go, and now she knows good ways to save money. She also said that to this day she would suggest bulk food shopping and meal prepping which saves so much time and lots of money. So after speaking to a range of different students, former students and staff I think that when it comes to managing money and cooking for your- self on a budget you just need to make sure you have the right mindset for it. You also need to just plan things in advance so you’re not wasting your time on things that could be done in a split second, and you can use that time for the more important things like your college/uni work. That’s it - enjoy cooking and studenthood.

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Social Media and Fashion Social media has a HUGE influence on the world around us in this day and age, impacting in so many ways from affecting our mental health to impacting on the way we shop and dress. Like with so many areas of social media it’s still really hard to tell whether the fashion industry has changed for the better or worse but what we do know is that the influence it has had has changed the fashion industry for good. The majority of fashion brands around the world - such as high end brand Burberry or high street brand H&M - now use social media as their main tool to help promote themselves and their products to a wider audience. While this is great for the brands, it’s led to the rise of fast fashion and has brought body image to the front of a lot of people’s minds. Consumers crave fashion pieces posted online and worn by public Although there are definite negative impacts, social media also has had quite a positive impact on the brands within the fashion industry. Fashion businesses can pick celebrities and influencers that best represent their products and target market in exchange for promotion; these people influence their followers’ fashion choices as these products then be- come popular amongst them. Brands using social media can strengthen their loyalty with consumers as they can show behind the scenes and exclusives to make people feel privi- leged and create products based around what they see trend- ing; helping them head in the right direction to making profit. These platforms provide brands with stats and help them to track and see what their customer needs are. I surveyed students at HSDC for their opinions on how social media impacts their personal fashion choices figures, resulting in them adopting and moving on from fash- ion trends quicker than before. However over the years, this has resulted in a high demand for garments, putting extreme pressure on brands and the environment.

and the industry as a whole. The majority of my respondents agreed that their own personal style and preferences have been affected and that they have purchased a clothing item after seeing it on social media. Over 85% of those surveyed said that they follow some form of fashion influencer on social media, be it a public figure or a small content creator. This proves that the influence social media has on the fashion industry is extremely large, be it positive or negative. Overall, the media heavily influences our fashion decisions as we feel the need to join the latest trends and buy clothes that we have seen in the people we follow online. All of this has hugely increased the amount of profit fashion brands make, the the number of new customers they receive and the amount of pro- motion they can use. However along with this, the world of fast fashion has rocketed, causing the natural environment to suffer slowly with things like pollution and landfill. It’s still undecided whether social media is viewed as the saviour for fashion brands or the evil to the world.


Love wildlife or want to work with dogs? Our Animal Manage- ment studies could be tailor made for you! If you have a particular interest in animals and want to learn more about their fascinating lives, ei- ther directly hands-on or within the wider industry, then this is the course for you. This course requires 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths , English and science. Alternatively a Level 2 diploma in animal care with a dis- tinction grade.

STUDENT VIEWS: I started by interviewing a few students who do this course to get their opinions Ellie: Why did you choose this course?

I want to be a vet and do surgery on animals to save their lives. What do you plan to do with your qualifications after college?

I have applied for university or hopefully I can get an apprenticeship as a vet or nurse, or I can see myself owning my own farm and having lots of animals and building a name for myself. Does HSDC have the right facilities for you? Yes , they have the animals needed for this level but when I move to University I want to find a course where I can work with larger animals. We receive good support from the teachers and they make our lives the easiest they can.

Holly : Why did you choose this course? I enjoy working with animals and caring for them and I can't see myself doing anything else. What do you plan to do with your qualifications after college? I want to try to get an apprenticeship or go to unviersity and study vet nursing and hopefully some- time in the future become a nurse Does HSDC have the right facilities for you? Yes they have animals and qualified teachers, but they don't have all the big facilities another college may have.

advice for those second year students who are applying for university right now, “I would advise anyone to really think about uni and not rush into going for the sake of everyone else doing it. Tips and statistics fromer past HSDC students- I conducted a survey with former HSDC students and asked them about their own experiences and useful advice. 66.7% More than two thirds of ex stu- dents that completed my survey went straight into work after they left college. I asked them for any advice for current students and this is what the said- “Don’t waste your time on things that don’t bring you joy” “Keep working for what you want to be, and it’s okay not know what or where you want to go in life at this moment in time, everything will work out eventually but you have to do it for yourself” “Always focus on yourself because at the end of the day, you’re the only one that will stay”. I also asked them what life skills they learnt through their time at HSDC-and the most beneficial were communication and time management skills

Adulting 101 Here at HSDC we understand how nerve-racking life after college can be and how the thought of applying to university or getting your first grown up job can be overwhelming but we are here to give you some advice on the big leap into the world. I started by interviewing ex HSDC stu- dent Ruby May Helms and talked to her about how she felt after she left college. Ruby said “I rushed into choosing a de- gree through clearing when I shouldn’t have and dropped out of Uni, but after two years I went back when I found a course I really liked elsewhere. In between I saved money, travelled and enjoyed life with my boyfriend and friends. I then felt ready to commit to going back as I was a bit old- er and more mature and sure of what I wanted to do. Ruby took Biology, English and History A levels at the South Downs campus but went on to achieve BA Hons in Fashion and Dress History and MA in History of Design and Material Culture at Brighton University. She said that pick- ing the wrong university and course was something that actually helped her and waiting to find the perfect course was the best decision. I then asked Ruby for some

The former students also had these top tips: Take a internship Have a clear plan Prepare your next stepCreate an on- line skills audit Networking Next steps to adulting- So, after leaving college, going to uni- versity and completing your degree, what is next? Taking a gap year and go travelling?Go straight into work?Move in with friends? Or even making that big purchase to buy your own house?It’s completely up to you what you decide to do with your own life but we know it can be very overwhelming and confusing. So that’s why we are here to tell you about what some ex students have gone on to do. Ruby decided that after years of sav- ing up and working hard that she was in a solid financial position to buy her first house with her partner Tom. I was able to talk to them about their experience- “Buying our first house was extremely stressful as we brought it whilst I was on furlough and during the pandem- ic, I don’t think we could have done it now as its so difficult, I’m glad it’s over and done with, I learned you have to compromise and you won’t get everything you want in a house but you make it into what you want, it’s been the best and most stressful expe- rience of my life but so important for stability and for the future. If we want to go travelling in the future we would rent our house to someone we know or as an airbnb whilst we are gone, it

gives so much more stability but it takes time. We are honestly so grateful that we could af- ford our own house because with house prices rising it’s so hard for the younger generation to get on the property ladder so we are so thank- ful that we found the perfect house at the right time.” Hopefully then, this has helped reassure you that you’re not doing this alone and many have trodden this path to adulting before. Getting on the property ladder,applying to jobs and getting into university is a daunting thing but it has to be done and can also be enjoyable and exciting. So put on your happy face and with our advice take the next steps to adulthood with renewed confidence and vigour.


What Keeps The Music World Turning

play in the first place. Each person has their own rea - son for wanting to play, each is as special as the next. Asking Emma why she enjoyed playing, how it makes her feel and what her biggest inspirations are for her music, her response was a varied one. ‘Playing music gives me a chance to express myself and annonce my true feelings through producing the lyrics myself/say whatever i’m thinking.’ She said, ‘I find this really relaxing as it always frees my mind when things have been stressing me out or building up.’ ‘My biggest inspiration is Doja Cat. She combines such a mixture of genres: hip hop, pop, R&B and rap, however always adding her own spin to them. She works differently to others who may restrict them - selves to one specific sound. Doja also has such a careless attitude which I think adds to her character, in the respect of the lyrics and even music videos she releases. Many other artists may regard her music as inappropriate but she just doesn’t care which I think makes her most striking.’ Coming from a completely different perspective, the Arctic Monkeys also inspire me but for much differ - ent reasons. Coming from such a working class area with barely any money and equipment, they had to work from the very bottom to get into the successful position they’re in now. They ensured that people enjoyed them purely for their music rather than who they are.’

What keeps the music world turning? It’s a heavy question, because throughout the years the main - stream ‘thing’ has changed. It used to be classical mu - sic holding up the music world, then it was rock and roll, artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling stones dominating the world. Queen AND WHAM! Domi - nated in the 70’s and 80’s, then came Grunge with Nirvana leading the way. Hip Hop and R&B followed, giving us artists such as Biggie, Tupac and Destiny’s child. Now we live in a day and age where all music is excepted, be it Jazz, Indie, Grunge, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Rap and so many others. Which begs the question; But what is it that really keeps the music world turning?

Photography by Mick Rock, David Bowie 1973

I spoke to Emma Albury, a student at Havant and South Downs College in her second year on a music course. I asked the ever evolving question - What keeps the music world turning and many more. To begin our interview, I asked Emma what her favour - ite genre of music is, and how that style of music most affects her own. This was her response: ‘I listen to quite a range of music, mainly pop, but also rap, hiphop, electronic dance, indie and occasionally rock.’ ‘I would say indie music most inspired me due to its unique sound. A lot of pop music for example tends to sound similar in reference to their beats, chords, etc. Whereas, indie tends to have a more individual na - ture, I find you relate to the artist more and hear their true intention/emotion behind the song this way.’ One of the best things about an artist is what drives them, what keeps them playing and what made them


HSDC Student Gives Her Take

I asked Emma if she saw herself working in the music industry and if so what she would like to do, acknowl - edging that the music industry is a very tricky place to get a job, she responded with this: ‘I think working in the music industry is definitely a possible career choice for my future. There’s such a range of possibilities from producing to engineering that I’d be interested in doing more research about them to get a further understand - ing of what they all entail. Although I extremely enjoy lis - tening and playing music, I’d say it was unlikely that I’d go down this route mainly because of how hard the industry is to get into. It will always be a hobby I strongly enjoy, but not necessarily pursue in a professional way. From my existing knowledge, DJing would be my top selection as it involves so much creativity. You can have fun whilst remixing your favourite tracks whilst also in an uplifting, positive environment (parties, weddings).’

Music grows along with the generations, the more tech - nology develops, so does our music. Because of this, I asked Emma what she thought the future of music was ‘{I think} music will continue to become more and more repetitive due to the advancements in technology. more and more music will be entirely produced from computer software and programmes rather than actual instruments which initially gave music its authenticity.’ So what is the real thing that keeps the music world turning? Is it the inspiration from legends who paved the way, or is it the rise of new-age music? That’s the real question here and Emma sums it up when she says, “Nowadays, I think social me - dia makes a massive contribution to how music is evolving. Being so accessible in our society today, others can easily gain ideas from others and elaborate on them to create more tracks. other platforms like youtube and tiktok for example also give average people the opportunity to become noticed and gain publicity where new artists are then introduced into the industry. This couldn’t have occurred previously when these plat - forms didn’t exist as people had to get big purely off selling their singles and receiving popularity. as a result, it’s a lot easier now especially with shows such as x factor which additionally gives everyone a shot in this position.’

A HSDC STUDENT’S HOBBIES AND INTERESTS - By David Howes Having hobbies and interests outside of your HSDC college course is a great way to keep yourself occupied, whilst also doing something that you actually enjoy. Hobbies or an overall interest can be anything that takes your fancy. From playing football, to video games or collecting stamps to learning to cook. They can also be very powerful in help- ing to improve mental health and your mood, as well as your outlook. HSDC has many students that do a whole variety of hobbies outside their college lives. Not only students, but staff members at HSDC also take part in activities and interests that they enjoy, out- side of their teaching time. Hobbies are really important to me because they

help focus my mind and body on a physical level, but more importantly on a mental level. Outside of my HSDC lifestyle, I like to partic- ipate and do things that make me feel more driven within my daily life. For example, I enjoy going to the Gym 4-5 times a week, as it not only improves my fitness, but it also is known to reduce anxiety and raise self esteem. I also have a season ticket at Fratton Park to watch Ports- mouth play at least 2-3 times a calendar month. By doing this, I’m not only watching something that I have a passion for, but I am also socialis- ing with other fans and friends at the same time. To get an overview of what a typical student may do outside of college, I spoke to second

year Level 3 HSDC Business student Tom McMaster about his hobbies and intere This just shows that if you are introduced to a new hobby, you could be instantly hooked or you could just keep it up for fun for as long as you like. Tom has participated in Judo training and events for over a decade. In this time he’s earned lots of awards along the way, whilst also meeting new people that are high within the ranks of the British Judo world.

This just shows that if you are introduced to a new hobby, you could be instantly hooked or you could just keep it up for fun for as long as you like. You never know you could become the next new star in that field. But even if it just makes you feel good - that’s all that matters. He says he was introduced to Judo around 10 years ago at his junior school by a professional judo coach from Fort Purbrook itself. I asked Tom why he does Judo and he simply said he just “decided to try it out”. He added that he had “no idea that ten years down the line I’d still be there.”

I also surveyed my lecturers and classmates at HSDC on what hobbies they do/have outside of their col- lege lifestyles. I got a series of different responses. At least three quarters of the students and lecturers responded with walking, watching TV and playing video games. The other quarter of responses said that they like meeting friends outside of college. I also asked them what hobbies they ‘specifically’ have. I got a number of different responses from playing games and writing, to baking, watching sport and creating art. My next question was what they like

about their hobbies respectively. Some students said that they have done them for years, or since they were a kid , while others said they find it calming and fun and that they make them feel productive and creative. To conclude, I asked whether they believe that it is impor- tant to have a hobby/interest outside a learning and teach- ing environment. They gave a resounding yes, but also said ‘you should have time to relax’ or ‘that it’s also important to have time to yourself.’.So it seems that they all agree that having hobbies or an interest was a productive and healthy way of keeping your mind and your body fresh and relaxed when it comes to balancing your enjoyment and learning with an HSDC college lifestyle.

Learning To Drive 2022 Learning to drive is a must for many college students as they are finally legally allowed to sit behind the wheel. Although it can be a very nerve wracking experience, for most it is all worth it in the end. Standards Agency), it takes the average learner 45 hours of lessons plus 22 hours of extra practice to get their full licence.

At this point, you just simply need to keep prac - tising as much as possible. Time on the road with a qualified driving instructor is the best way to learn, but like the DVSA says, you need a lot of practice to pass. If a parent/guardian is willing, you can buy insurance for learner drivers and get behind the wheel of their car. After you’ve had a few driving lessons and built up a bit of experi - ence then this is the next big step for you. But getting experience as a driver is half the battle. All learners need to pass a theory test. If you’re a confident driver, you don’t want to keep throwing money at driving lessons because you still haven’t passed this part. When you pass your theory, the certificate lasts 2 years, so there’s plenty of time for driving lessons and the practical test. But if the 2 years expires, then you will have to retake your theory. I also carried out a survey of HSDC students for their feedback and advice on learning to drive. Surprisingly I found the majority said they would be happy to pay over £30 per lesson with some even quoting more than £40. When asked for their highlights some people said passing their theory test was their highlight, some other people said actually starting to drive for the first time was their highlight because it felt like a new beginning

So if you’re getting close to that stage or already on the way we’ve got some tips and advice for you as well as some interesting learner stories from current HSDC students. There are many stages building up to passing your driving test and owning your very first car. Firstly, learning to drive is very expensive and will cost a lot of money. On average, you need to budget for around £2,500 before losing the L plates.

Firstly, buying your provisional licence will cost around £34 with an online application which you can apply for as soon as you turn 15 years and 9 months old but it only becomes valid on your 17th birthday. Don’t forget that you can’t start learning to drive until you have got your provi - sional licence. The next step is to book your driving lessons and get behind the wheel. If you book with a driving school then the average UK rate is £24 an hour. But it does range from £20 - £40 pounds across Hampshire and West Sussex. You also need to take into account how many lessons you might need before taking the prac - tical test. According to DVSA (Drivers & Vehicle

in their life. I also asked about negative experienc - es and some students said they struggled learning the highway code which was difficult to understand while others said the downside was not having a good relationship with their instructor. Finally to my experience of learning to drive. The worst for me was the day of my practical test which followed a sleepless night and was very nerve wracking. I was also constantly overthinking which led me to becoming very stressed. Unfortunately I failed on my first go as do many other learners so don’t worry if you’ve had the same set back - you just have to dust yourself down and get back in the driving seat. Recently, due to me catching Covid-19, I was unable to consistently do driving lessons for obvious reasons. This was a major setback for me as it was coming up to my first driving test and I was

behind on my learning after doing so well to get to that stage. In conclusion, learning to drive can be a very stressful and anxious experience but in the long term, all the drama will be totally worth it in the end. Then you can eventually get the keys and go solo.

By Jack Whitewood

Social Media’s effect on our Mental Health

This is an article about social media and how it affects our mental health. I will be exploring the idea of how social media takes a toll on us in our day to day life along with the benefits it brings both emotionally and socially. Social media is widely used by students but has both positive and negative effects on our mental health. Some pros of social media are that you can connect with family and friends, a big part of social media is to be able to connect with friends and family through sharing pictures and videos and also being able to contact them via message and live chats through apps. This also has the ability to raise awareness on im - portant issues, and posts can be seen by millions of people. Social media can also be an outlet for creativity and self-expression. People use them to show the world their art, pictures, videos, fashion and makeup. This can help you to get rid of negative thoughts or just simply connect and make new friends. On the other hand, social media can lead to anti-social behaviour. Because it is so popular it can become addictive and result in people becoming isolated and only having digital relationships. This in turn makes it harder to socialise face to face. Over use of social media can also lead to developing depression and anxiety. If social media is used in the wrong way it results in isolation and loneliness. It can also disrupt your daily tasks like sleeping, focusing on studies or work and eating habits. All together this can take a massive toll on both your mental and physical health. Because social media is such a big part of young people’s lives it has a greater impact on students, so I conducted a survey of HSDC students in order to see how they have personally been affected. I started by asking “how has social media affected you?” I received responses including “it made me question how people see me and how I should live” to “sometimes it becomes invasive.” The next question I asked was, “is social media a good thing or bad

thing and why?” and had a mix of respons - es. One student said, “both because it's a great way to talk and meet new people but can set unrealistic standards” anoth - er said “it can be either because you can connect with people but it can also bring you down.” Indeed another respondent said, “it can be good, but we need more research into the potential harm it does to help parents learn how to manage and support their kids with social media.”

I then followed up with “how has social media affected your mental well-being?” All of the responses showed that social media can have a massive impact on mental health. One said , “it makes me feel ugly” , while another said “ it's addictive so it gets overwhelming” as well as “it makes me feel self conscious sometimes.” Finally I asked the students “has social media influenced you to change in any way and if so why? All the respondents said it had led them to change but in a number of different ways. On the negative side one said, “ I feel a lot of pressure to be as people see me on social media'' and another responded by saying “ I have stopped using it as I think it can be very fake.” On the other hand a number of students said they had been influenced in a positive way, for example, “it influences the way I dress and do my makeup,” while another said “ when I see people being productive it influences me” and “ it's helped me discover new styles.” In conclusion you can see that there are both good and bad aspects to social media but whatever your views you should make sure you use it in a safe and appropriate way. Also keep in mind that once in a while you need to take a break from the internet so you can go back to reality which will help with your mental health.

Esports at HSDC by - Samuel Murphy-McGinn

A new course arrives at HSDC in September 2022, for all those But what is Esports exactly? For those who don’t know, Esports is a form of com - petition using video games, usually multiplayer with some form of player vs player interactions. Popular Esports games are games like; FIFA, Super Smash Bros, Overwatch, Fortnite, Street Fighter, Quake, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Pokemon. gaming enthusiasts... ESPORTS!

Skill with games? You shouldn’t need to worry, the more you play the more skill you pick up or you could just do something that isn’t playing the games if that isn’t your thing. You won’t need to worry about not getting exercise by constantly playing games. The course will include yoga classes to help build core strength and cover normal sporting topics to keep you fit and healthy while you’re playing your games. It’s quite the norm to see esports players go- ing to the gym as a part of the routine so that they can keep in a good, healthy shape.

The course also features compe- titions against other college esport teams as it is done in con- junction with the British Esports Association. This is a non-profit body that helps to ed- ucate people on Esport as well as

Esports can be done in single-play- er games, in the form of speedrunning such as the EE4C event run by COD zombies fans. The prize for such competi - tions are usually

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money like most competitions and they go on for a few days, usually a weekend, with the winner being found on the last day. Now, what about the course? The course itself will cover a range of topics that are within the esports area, such as sport, marketing, enterprise, IT and creative things like video editing. You will also be able to participate in British Esports Association competitions and play Rocket League, Overwatch, League of Legends and Fortnite. You will learn strat - egies, analysis, health and wellbeing, live streaming, producing a brand, coaching, shoutcasting, Psychology, video production and video editing. To join, you don’t need anything specific, just five GCSEs at grade four or above.

holding competitions. It is non-profit, so all the money made goes directly towards new compe- titions or helping people get into Esport such as funding classes and all. As someone who has been playing games for as long as I can remember, I think this course is an amazing opportunity and idea. If I were to join the course I personally see myself enjoying the elements such as videoing or commentating rather than playing and this course has room for all different interests. I’m more of the watching esports rather than playing type despite that I have countless hours in games like Fortnite and Overwatch. So whether you’re the player or the watcher this course is for you regard- less.

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One said, ‘Fashion affects people’s living wages, child labour, co2 and causes many serious issues.’ While another added, ‘It causes pollution as they burn the fabric and cheap fabrics are made of chem- icals.’ A third student said, ‘Fashion is the result of landfills, plastic in the ocean,pollution, classism, child labour and animal abuse.’ The students on the HSDC fashion course have been studying the topic of fast fashion recently and have created pieces of work to represent these ideas. They’ve made costumes and dresses from plastic to demonstrate the damage it can do, as well as using more natural materials to show the options we have in the future.

Fast fashion is a huge threat to our environment and it’s all of our jobs to challenge this - none more so than HSDC fashion students. So what is fast fash- ion? It’s the title given to clothing that is made at a fast pace using cheap materials; affecting the world socially, environmentally and ethically. Students at HSDC’s South Downs campus have described it as harmful to the natural environment, listing off the impacts that it has on different factors in society today. But what constitutes fast fashion? What can we do to ensure that our money is spent on more ethical products and how can the world become sustainable again? Fast fashion has become the new normal in the world we live in today, with clothing stores having a stronghold over a lot of people’s shopping habits. It’s claimed that shops like Primark and Boohoo rely on underpaid factory workers overseas and child labour to manufacture their clothes at a fast pace and sell them at an affordable price. By brands using this process, significant damage to the environment is being made every day. Clothes in this day and age are manufactured, worn and discarded at such a high speed that it forces clothing businesses to constantly have a stream of new items available for shoppers. Most fast fashion clothing is produced using artificial fibres and materials, usually formed through chemical processes as opposed to natural fibres. These chemicals end up resulting in harmful air pollution throughout the world. However, the environmental impact of these processes tend to be ignored, as the main appetite of a company is profit. A lot of people don’t tend to consider these fac- tors when it comes to buying new clothes, the only things we consider are the price and the quality. This is what makes it so hard for sustainable fashion to become a new way of life as the prices are a lot higher than those sold in the fast fashion industry. I spoke to students at HSDC South Downs campus on the Level 3 University of Arts London (UAL) Fash- ion, Design and Construction course and asked their opinions of the impact of fast fashion on the world... I started by asking their thoughts on the social, en- vironmental and ethical impacts of fashion.

Across the country and around the world students are adding their voice to this movement to change our attitude to fashion. Indeed other students connected to UAL have been campaigning. Other students around the world must have a responsibil- ity to not only create great products but tackle fast fashion and challenge some of the unethical issues in the industry. Hundreds of students from UAL’s six colleges got together to create a fashion parade for climate justice. I also spoke to HSDC fashion lecturer (Carla) and asked her opinions on sustainability and fast fash- ion: How would you define sustainability and why is it important? “There’s a lot of pressure on the fashion industry at the moment because of how much waste they pro- duce. But it’s not just waste, it’s chemicals. They use amazing amounts of water just to make one shirt and it all has a damaging effect. The biggest issue is fast fashion and it’s the kind of thing when people go out and buy an outfit, wear it once and don’t wear it again. I know that famous people within the

fashion industry are trying to work in a way that stops that fast fashion and they produce clothing that people are happy to wear over and over again.” So having teachers that understand the effect of fast fashion is surely helping to make a change. How can people ensure that the brands they’re buying from are sustainable? Carla has a good point when she says, “These fast fashion companies are not going to advertise so it’s something as individuals we have to research ourselves.” She adds, “ It’s quite new to the industry and there are some famous fashion designers out there that are trying to make a differ - ence.” But what about people like us? She agrees it’s difficult for us to start making a difference but hopefully with awareness and a top down campaign things will start to change. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that fashion is sustainable? “It’s everyones isn’t it. You and I, people that work in the industry, famous fashion designers, it’s every- body isn’t it. But as individuals we can change our buying habits and we can be more careful about the kind of clothes we buy, what they’re made of. There’s lots of people out there upcycling clothes, remaking clothes from old clothes they’ve already got. There’s lots of things we can do though isn’t there.” Do you think ethical clothing will ever out-compete mainstream less ethical products? “Think it’s a tough one isn’t it because it depends how innovative and creative the designers can be to make the clothes interesting that people want to wear them. That’s the biggest battle isn’t it. It’s saying be sustainable and try and encourage people to rewear garments. And are those garments neces- sarily gonna be dramatic and really attractive.” So I hope that by tackling this thorny issue of fast fashion by getting the thoughts and views of HSDC students and staff involved in the industry, you now have a better idea of the problem we face and how we could possibly start to address it. Finally, I’ll end with a few tips from the fashion stu - dents to help you get started on the path to sustain- ability: - Sell your clothes or donate them - Refuse to buy from unethical stores/ don’t spend excess amounts on fast fashion - Shop second hand using brands like depop and charity shops By using these tips, the world has a chance to be - come ethical and sustainable like it once was.

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Tips on college and work

But what about working blues? One HSDC stu - dent said “Sometimes it gets difficult when it’s busy,” and another said “When the customer has an attitude and thinks they know what’s right it can be hard..” But there is light at the end of the tunnel and there are ways of managing this, such as prioritising your time and avoiding anything you may feel distracted by and most importantly taking regulated breaks to breathe and relax. Choosing the right job When deciding on a role, it’s best to start where you feel most comfortable and where you know you can get flexible hours such as becoming a cleaner or even working in retail for a minimal amount of time or days a week. Be prepared that the wages won’t always be up to your expectations as you are only doing a partial amount of work compared to what you would be doing full-time.. Studies also show that almost a third of retail workers are under the age of 25! This means that it is widely accepted that young people work in this area so it’s a great way to make new friends with people your age. In fact the more friends you have in your workplace, the more comfortable you will feel which should give you the strength to go the extra mile when working. My survey also questioned HSDC students about their emotional well being while studying and working part-time. . Half of students said working affects their mental health in some way and oth - ers commented on how they felt stressed and it was tiring. However, there are many ways to cope with stress such as maintaining physical exercise and making time for you such as taking up new hobbies or relaxing yourself with your current ones. The message is - it’s okay to focus on your - self! So if you’re feeling challenged by the stress of

College students across the country and also here at HSDC not only have to contend with new courses but also gaining more responsibility such as getting a job. In this article we’re going to give you tips on juggling both your studies and earning money at the same time. Hopefully this will help you on the path to being both a successful worker and student whilst studying at HSDC. I’ve interviewed students at HSDC for their tips and feelings about managing work and studies at the same time. One student gave this advice and said: “Choose days off when you don’t have college.” She added: “Don’t pick up too many hours and leave time so you can study in your free time.” Another student said, “Plan your days around your job.” Planning your day and becoming organised can help to improve your overall balance of the two, whether you’re struggling to revise or to work. According to TheProductivityExperts, 87% of 800 workers said that a cluttered workspace affects productivity so why not plan to tidy up your sur - roundings first as a starter?

finding a job or actually doing the job you have, there are ways of overcoming this and, don’t forget, you’re not alone. Plus if you need some help searching for the role that’s right for you or want support with where you’re at I’ve found some helpful websites to help you on your way. So get out there and try your best at whatever life throws at you, there are lots of opportunities so have a go at them all! Helpful links: guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental- wellbeing/ Tips on interviews 1. Be on time and make sure you are polite so the interviewer can get a good idea of how you will act around the workplace. 2. Practice how you will answer some questions. This will be good because you will be prepared for any question asked and you can provide a good response. 3. Plan exactly when and what time you must go, it is good to be slightly early so that you are shown you can have good time management.

Top 10 Tips!

1. Do your research when writing your CV and check with others to proofread it and say it’s okay! 2. Plan and know your own person- al routine, write it down incase you forget and you can manage your time easier. 3. Take regular breaks to help clear your mind and you can relax during the break to get ready for your next task. 4. Start your day early so you can fit the maximum work in and get it out of the way. 5. Try different methods of revising, there are things like being a visual learner etc. 6. It’s okay to ask for help! There are plenty of people around that you can seek advice from. 7. Self-care is important! Try medi- tation or exercise. 8. Make goals for yourself to set and reward yourself. 9. Try to go to work with a clear mind. 10. Don’t convince yourself you to have to perfect everything -- you don’t!

SUMMER 2022: THE BEST STUDENT HOLIDAY SPOTS If you’re looking for inspiration this summer on where to go, I’ve asked students from HSDC for their best overseas holiday destination recommendations to help you out.

KEFALONIA - GREECE This summer you may be in desperate need of a beach holiday, if so Greece might just be the perfect place for you, more specifically the island Kefalonia. Summers in Kefalonia came so highly suggested due to the heat which averages at 30ºC. If it’s sunbathing and relaxing in the sun all day you want, the beautiful beaches are calling your name. But, if you’re a lover of action and adventure there are endless opportu - nities as well, activities such as diving, sea kayaking and a range of water sports

AYIA NAPA - CYPRUS If it’s a clubbing holiday you’re looking for, students recommend going to Ayia Napa. With over 250 clubs and bars, you will have plenty of choices. Ayia Napa’s central square is the home to the epicentre of Cryprus’s nightlife scene, with rows of packed venues lining the plaza. There are several clubs that came highly rated, for example one being Aqua Club, known for hosting international DJs, foam parties and having a pool inside the club. Another club being Black & White,which is dedicated to everything from Hip Hop and Grime to R&B and Dancehall. Not only these but another is one of the newest clubs in Ayia Napa, Prestige, which has already hosted performances from Swarmz and Nathan Dawe.

PARIS - FRANCE For those who want to spend this summer sightseeing and exploring cultures, our students favour Paris, France. Paris is home to many famous landmarks, the most iconic being the Eiffel Tower but also the Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe and Sacré-Cœur Basilica. If you want to experience and be part of Paris’ culture you can indulge in French cuisine and the café culture. One student said “it’s great because there’s lots to do so you won’t get bored”. With so much to do and so much to see, Paris is guaranteed to be a scenic yet insightful holiday. TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET Being a student, it’s usually essential to travel on a budget and there are many ways to do this. For example, if you’re looking to travel across Europe, you can get a train pass as opposed to multiple flights. These passes mean that you get however many days worth of travel you require that can be used separately over the course of a month. Say you chose 5 days of unlimited travel, this would be perfect for visiting 4-6 destinations just for £234. In addition to this, instead of staying in hotels, you should try staying in hostels. Not only are they cheap but they are great for touring with multiple people whilst meeting new friends at the same time. So, this summer whether you’re looking for a holiday with beaches, clubs or culture there’s something for everyone from our student suggestions.

AIR FORCE The Nike Air Force 1 is probably the most popular nike trainer and is a must have for your streetwear collection, this shoe is seen everywhere in college. There are now hundreds of colourwaves from the Cactus Jack af1 to the entourage undefeated , air forces are essential for your collection! UK STREET WEAR BRANDS

The fashion world is always evolving and has a big part in peoples lives. Streetwear is a big part of my life and i want to infleunce other people to wear it aswell! First of all streetwear grew from New York hip hop fashion and Californian surf culture So when we talk about street fashion what are some of the known brands this might include. I’ve started by taking a look at some of the options. JORDAN 1 The brand was named after one of the most pop - ular and respected basketball players of all time, Micheal B Jordan. The first-ever Air Jordans were exclusively created for Jordan in 1984 and then released to the public the following year. Basketball star Michael Jordan was just entering the peak of his career in 1984 on the Chicago Bulls when he stepped out wearing the Jordan 1s. Orig - inally Michael didn’t want to wear them, he was a huge fan of converse because he preferred thinner shoes when playing basketball , so eventually nike created the jordan 1.This sparked off the Jordan brand which is now one of the most popular shoes worn today and can be sold for 10x the original price.

TRAPSTAR One hugely popular streetwear brand is Trapstar - which originated in the UK . In 2008, three school friends from west London started making their own T-shirts and selling them at Portobello Market. Now Trapstar is a global fashion brand, worn by stars like Rhianna, Chris Brown , Jay-Z and Stormzy. Trapstar takes its name from Trap music, a subge - nre of rap that originated in the southern United States The label was founded by Mikey, Lee and Will who, despite their success, are trying to maintain a de - gree of anonymity. The trapstar brand has a variety of different clothing that many people would like and is a huge essential for building your streetwear wardrobe!

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