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Humans of Portsmouth

Humans of Portsmouth is an ongoing project derived from Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. The University of Portsmouth is a hub of interesting people all with a story to tell. We hope this project opens a window into student life in the city.

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I wish I laughed more ...

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The plan was always to go to a Russell Group university, that’s what my brother did ...

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Over the summer just gone I just kind of sat on my bed and thought ...

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Being gay doesn’t define if you can do a sport ...

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As a student, it's important to first learn how to learn ...

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I’m really, really glad I came to university. It’s been the best three years of my life ...

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I’m an international student. I isolated myself a lot ...

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Last year I gave myself the advice don’t always think you have the time to do something ...

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University is where you come to get your degree. But your Students' Union? That’s where you make your memories ...

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I think my favourite memory is the circle of friends that I’ve been a part of ...

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This is actually my fifth year of playing at the graduations ...

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I think the best part of the day was seeing the people that I met on my course ...

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I’ve made some great friends ...

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I was a little bit nervous this morning ...

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Distance Learning allowed me to work and study at the same time ...

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I have a sister, she’s 13. Eight year’s difference ...

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I’ve been working at the Union since first year ...

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It’s really interesting for me ...

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I label myself as worthy if I have someone who loves me ...

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I’m half Iraqi and half Moroccan but was born in England. It’s my second year playing for the Moroccan basketball team ...

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Being a woman in a totally man’s world is hard ...

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One of my boyfriends is trans. I’ve been dating him for nearly four years now ...

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I was very nervous coming out to my mum. I must admit I was in a real bad place before I said anything because I wasn’t happy in myself ...

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Last night my boyfriend and I were hugging when ...

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Do not keep it to yourself, that’s the worst thing to do ...

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When we train the Sabbs we teach them about “lollipop moments” ...

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Sometimes I feel like I mess up a lot ...

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I have a friend who is an account director. Lives in Southampton, commutes to Guildford ...

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The opportunity to live a traditional life has changed, hasn’t it ...

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I'm from Qatar, in the Middle East. But I have an American accent ...

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Second year I had a nightmare with my housemates. There was a girl I lived with who, in the end, fell out with everyone ...

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I was born in Portsmouth but what brought me to the uni was my girlfriend ...

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It’s always nice to have our culture celebrated ...

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We’ve had quite a few people ask us if Afro Caribbean Society is open to different cultures ...

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I was a scout and then an explorer scout ...

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I’m going to teach English in China soon ...

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There’s a big issue at the moment concerning Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority students ...

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I was on my year abroad in Canada when my nan died. It was around February time ...

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I grew up in a white area. When I say white, it’s literally a little village full of old white people ...

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The Langstone beach was my safe haven in first year. I went there to reflect when things got hard ...

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For the longest time I had suppressed this notion of me being gay so much that I had started to just forget about it ...

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As a kid I loved X-Men ...

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My university experience would not have even been comparable if I hadn’t have got involved with sport ...

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I’m a part of Women’s Rugby. I know some people see it as a men’s sport ...

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I’ve set up my own business in maths tutoring ...

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I used to be scared of everything ...

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If you think about it statistically, there has to be life in space ...

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Being around people has a certain pressure to it. I can’t really describe it ...

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I can be quite a quiet person. In class I’m not very vocal sometimes ...

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We first knew each other through getting involved with UPSU media ...

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I handed in my masters today so it was a big day ...

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I had a mental health relapse in my third year of university. I was so close to dropping out because I hadn’t written my dissertation ...

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I thought my mum was taking me to the doctors about an ear infection but she wasn’t ...

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elieve in yourself, always. That’s my grandfather's motto ...

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I used to be a typical meathead. I was a powerlifter and was competing nationally ...

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My parents were supportive when I told them I wanted to study in the UK ...

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At uni we learnt about non-competitive education and I kind of adopted that ethos ...

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I hate that when you grow up as a girl you’re given dolls to play with and boys are given cars ...

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This is really nerdy but here’s me with that new ship. That was like my favourite thing ever, it’s so weird ...

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I didn’t choose to come into the student world. But there’s something about it that gets hold of you and won’t let go ...

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When I was thirteen I was shipped to Nigeria by my parents. I was naughty at school. I was a lairy little kid ...

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The world would be a lot happier if equality really existed. Not just economically but emotionally as well ...

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There were some really tough moments in my career because I would never compromise on matters of principle ...

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