Writing for the university magazine – a unique experience!

The second-year so far has been more demanding than I expected, but the best way to unwind for me is: expressing through words!

And so, I started working as a staff writer (in the science and technology section) for the Magdalen. The work so far has been interesting – right from ideation with a theme in mind; to the final draft!

In this blog, I would like to share a few of my tips!

  1. Although obvious, try and find some time to read through the older issues to try and get a grasp of what the tone and texture of the language and subjects being discussed are like. This will aid you in the process of your writing!
  2. When accounting for a theme, it is wise to find the bridge between the ideas that you want to write about and the aesthetic of that theme. This will allow you to look at the bigger picture and hence there will be a natural flow and clarity to your writing.
  3. Try and connect your ideas with the current global scenario to account for the present state. This makes the article more relatable to the present and allows you to explore the idea from a different angle!
  4. Don’t restrict yourself to a particular format of an article! I have often enjoyed reading an article that has an unconventional format, adding an element of surprise for the reader while still sticking to the topic and theme.

I hope you find some of these tips useful!

In my first article with the magazine (90th Issue), I talk about the things that this pandemic taught me as an aspiring researcher! Alongside my article, many other interesting ideas have been explored in the issue. It is a good read! You can find the copy online at: https://issuu.com/themagdalen/docs/online_november_issue_ or get a hardcopy at DUSA.

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Hey! I am AditeeA, a third-year student of Molecular Genetics. I am from India. I love travelling, photography and reading. On my blog, I share many aspects of student life and discuss different things you can do in and around Dundee. I hope you find this fun and helpful!

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