• Nicole Cottrell in Life

    Picture Perfect: Why Gen-Y Can't Shake The Need For Perfection

    Picture Perfect: Why Gen-Y Can't Shake The Need For Perfection

    When someone asks us what we'd like to change about ourselves, we instantly know what to say. I'd like to shave a few inches off my height, shrink my forehead small enough for a middle part and make my teeth symmetrical. And that's just the start; trust me. But when we're asked to highlight our favorite […]
  • Nicole Cottrell on The College Life

    Why It's Okay To Abandon Adult Responsibility When You Graduate

    Why It's Okay To Abandon Adult Responsibility When You Graduate

    We've finished education forever; we have a degree at our fingertips, and the world is at our feet. So, why are we running away from the graduate life we feel so much pressure to adhere to? And, why do we feel guilty for not having our sh*t together already? For some reason, we just can't escape […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Life

    If You Have To Force It, Leave It Alone: Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss

    If You Have To Force It, Leave It Alone: Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss

    When something is broken, fix it. That's what we're always told, isn't it? But, what if that isn't the answer? What if it's better to cut our losses in search of something better and more rewarding? Letting people go is a hard life hack to master, purely because we're a society of clingers. We try so […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Generation Y

    8 Things We Realize We Took For Granted When We Move Away From Home

    8 Things We Realize We Took For Granted When We Move Away From Home

    For me, home will always be where my mum is. While living with my mum is incredible simply because I worship the ground she walks on, I know it can also be a detrimental experience. Why? Because she's always there. Since I'm with her all of the time, I take for granted the things she […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Dating

    5 Reasons Why Your Guy Friends Are The Reason You Don't Trust Guys

    5 Reasons Why Your Guy Friends Are The Reason You Don't Trust Guys

    Having guy friends is one of life's simplest pleasures. There's no drama, no b*tching and, quite honestly, we like the break. Another perk of having guys in our friendship group is it allows us to obtain a guy's perspective when we need advice. Because, who better to decode what a guy means than a guy? Girls […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Women

    10 Things Girls Absolutely Can't Stand About Being Girls

    10 Things Girls Absolutely Can't Stand About Being Girls

    While us girls like to argue about being the better sex (obviously), we're the first to admit that boys have it so much easier. And, as if we didn't hate boys enough, we're also jealous of the laid-back, stress-free lives they seemingly lead. Obviously there's a crazy amount of cool things that come with being a girl but sometimes, […]
  • Nicole Cottrell on Lean In

    Girls Compete, Women Empower: Let's Grow Up And Be Women

    Girls Compete, Women Empower: Let's Grow Up And Be Women

    For me, there's nothing more attractive than independence and intelligence. And, while those attributes have a concrete place on my male checklist, it's inspiring to see those traits in women, too. Often, women are labeled as dependent, domestic and maternal, and while the female anatomy instinctively makes us more suited to these qualities, it's insulting […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Culture

    I'm Effing Old: 10 Painful Realizations You Have As A College Senior

    I'm Effing Old: 10 Painful Realizations You Have As A College Senior

    If you're sitting here reading this completely confused as to where the last years of your university life have gone, then join the club. You, along with me, are a final-year student laden with deadlines, stress and worry — not to mention, a large side serving of nostalgia. In a matter of months, it'll all […]
  • Nicole Cottrell in Life

    Why Advice Is Just Something We Ask For Even When We Know The Answer

    Why Advice Is Just Something We Ask For Even When We Know The Answer

    Advice is a universally acknowledged term we tend to throw around when we need help making decisions, right? Wrong. We might think we're digesting other people's opinions regarding the issue at hand, but, in fact, we've already unknowingly decided what we plan to do. We might not want to admit that we plan to disregard […]