About Me

I'm Alexandra, an English and Film Studies student at the University of St Andrews. I am currently Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Cordelia Magazine. Last semester I was Features Editor for The Saint and have undertaken an internship with Trill Magazine. When I'm not writing, you can find me drinking coffee.

If you're interested in getting involved with Cordelia Magazine, send an email to CordeliaMagazine@outlook.com

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Our Furry Friends: Animals Of St Andrews

If you are an animal lover, then chances are you may feel a bit animal deprived when you are studying at university. Landlord rules, university hall guidelines and hectic schedules mean that we struggle to spend time in the company of animals. However, St Andrews is full of animals of all shapes and sizes and there are many ways that you can get some quality time with animals in the Bubble. You do not need to go far to see animals in St Andrews. A short walk along Market Street and you will see

Acne: A Sore Spot For Everyone, Not Just Teenagers

Acne, pimples, spots – whatever you call them, you will most likely have experienced them at some point in your life. For those who are lucky enough to get only the occasional spot, they are just a temporary inconvenience, which can be solved with some acne cream from Boots. However, for many of us, acne is a constant aspect of our lives and it has larger implications for us and our mental health than many would think. But what exactly is acne? And how do we treat it? Firstly, acne is a skin co

Pets: The Forgotten Victims of the Pandemic

Everyone has suffered over the past year and a half. Many of us have lost loved ones, lost jobs, and had our education and training disrupted by the ongoing pandemic. However, many of us, during the lockdown, decided to get a pet. We found ourselves with more time on our hands, and after all, giving a dog or cat a home must be a good thing, right? Unfortunately, since the end of the first lockdown, many pets have been abandoned or even harmed by their owners, leaving many animals distraught and

The Dark Side of Wonderland: Why The Private Lives of Children’s Authors Matter

The lives of those in the public limelight are always under intense scrutiny, and children’s authors are no different. In our current time, the life of the author of the world-famous Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, is constantly being scrutinised and torn to pieces by the public. Why? Because we read her stories to our children, we allow our young people to read her enchanting books and want to make sure that there are no messages within them that could negatively influence our children. Howev

Back Through The Little Door: Returning To Coraline As An Adult

I was but nine years old when I first watched the film. I had seen it advertised on tv, and it seemed to me to be a modern Alice in Wonderland. For those unfamiliar with the film or the Neil Gaiman novel upon which it is based, Coraline is about a young girl who is bored with her life. Her parents never have any time for her. She does not have any friends near her age and is just generally bored with her dull world. However, she finds a small door in her family’s new home, which leads to another

Out of Hours Closure in St Andrews is Giving Students a Headache

Since the decision was made to temporarily discontinue the out of hours service at the St Andrews Community Hospital, a spark of rage ignited a hotbed of discontent, which still burns strong. Not only has there been public outcry surrounding the closure, but local MSP’s have gotten involved in an attempt to try to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Local MSP Willie Rennie has spoken out against the closure, stating that: “We were told patients in north Fife would be seen at Dundee Kings

It's That Time of The Month Again...

The curse of Eve. Mother Nature’s little gift. The crimson wave. Whatever one decides to call their period, its monthly appearance is inevitable. For some it does not require much thought: perhaps a quick trip down to the local Boots a few days before hand and it’s sorted. For others, it’s a constant worry. What will I have to sacrifice this week for my period? Who would be there to help me out? How will I afford it? For those girls, having their period is a source of anxiety that never goes awa

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