An unusual thing happened last Monday as I strolled to our weekly editorial meeting. It was a typical Monday, nothing was out of the ordinary; and then I (for unknown reasons) decided to look up. I stopped in the middle of a path on a busy morning to look up at the trees. I was enamoured by the colours swaying above me. I was immediately better off because of this. Having stopped moving for a brief moment and appreciating the magic around me, my mood was lifted. The morning only got better as the head Copy editor, Emma, gave me a most beautiful “goth black red” (as classified by Emma herself) leaf. She presented me with this leaf reminding me that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Last week was probably the busiest week I’ve experienced while at university. But this insane poetic moment of glancing up to appreciate a tree and being captivated by a single leaf reminded me that yes, I may be busy and life is daunting and never stops moving, but it will never hurt to stop and enjoy what is happening around you. Autumn is often used to symbolise a time of change in literature. For me, autumn is more than that. It is a time of reflection. It is the perfect time to stop and smell the proverbial roses. This is why we found it fitting to have a review of Perdeby’s first semester in this edition, since it is the last edition until second semester. I hope it encourages you to reflect on everything the way we have. Find the beauty.


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