Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson
Oxford Brookes University


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These illustrations show what day-to-day life is like with anxiety

An artist shows how anxiety affects everything from birthday parties to job interviews

We spoke to Olympic rowing silver medalist and Brookes graduate Zoe De Toledo

She won silver at Rio so she must be doing something right.

I tried ‘laughter yoga’ and it was the weirdest experience of my life

Supposedly Hasyayoga improves your health and mood. I just thought it was a bit cringe

Pole dancing should be an Olympic sport

There’s more to it than you think

We asked couples who moved in together in their 20s what they were thinking

‘It’s intense’

Meet Olivia Carnegie-Brown, the Brookes grad rowing in the Rio Olympics

‘It still hasn’t sunk in’

I went cruelty free for a week


A guide to maintaining your long distance bestie

Miss you hun

This is how depression affects the way you perceive social situations

For me, the most common trigger is change

What not to say to someone with depression

No, they can’t just ‘snap out of it’

You haven’t been ‘friend-zoned’, she just isn’t interested

It’s blaming women for your rejection

What it’s really like living with an eating disorder at uni

‘I lost more and weight and felt suicidal’

Why I’m trying to be more open about my eating disorder

‘Anorexic’ and ‘skinny’ are not interchangeable terms

We spoke to the girls who raised over £1000 on Jailbreak this year

‘We used Tinder to get in touch with people in the area’

Third years trekked from Covered Market to Headington Hill with a giant Christmas tree

It took them 45 minutes

How soon is too soon to start spreading the Christmas cheer?

Mince pie, anyone?

What’s in my wardrobe: Lolita edition

‘When I wear Lolita I feel like I can do anything’

Oxford’s Mad Hatter cocktail bar is one of the cities best kept secrets

Down the rabbit hole

Should you break up with bae when you start uni?

Nothing compares 2 U

Frilly and fabulous: Meet the Oxfordshire Lolitas

‘It makes me feel like a princess’

‘I wanted to feel strong and beautiful’: Meet the Oxford Brookes pole dancers

They’re really bendy