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What I’ve learned about Auckland in one month

I’m falling fast for my new home Auckland. Since I’ve been in here for one month (and 4 days), I think it’s fair to blog about what I’ve learn about this city from an expat point of view. I read a … Continue reading

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Passing the one month mark

Today marks my first month in Auckland. Exactly one month ago I arrived at this place I had only seen in photos with four suitcases of luggage (plus a handbag and a Macbook Air) by myself, not knowing a soul … Continue reading

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Ivy League dream reignited

Caution: This post is filled with overwhelming joy of a dreamer finally getting what she wants. Cynics beware. As my departure date to Auckland approaches, every day I’m confronted with mixed emotions. I’m happy and worried and excited and anxious and self-doubting … Continue reading

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What will I do if I can’t graduate

Someone asked me today what I would do if I couldn’t graduate (on time). I misunderstood the question and assumed she meant what if I couldn’t graduate at all. I answered in a heartbeat, “I’d kill myself.” That is a very honest answer. … Continue reading

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No one can bully me ever again

I landed my second victory in a week. Earlier this week I wrote about how I got my $1.7 refund on a stamp with my well-documented angry letter to the postal service. I took my pursuit of justice to the … Continue reading

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I became that kind of woman

When I was about 14, like Penny on The Big Bang Theory and every other 14-year-old, I dreamed of becoming a big movie star/singer/Hannah Montana/whatever. You get it. Fortunately, that dream was soon replaced by a way more practical dream … Continue reading

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I was right. I belong in a university classroom.

I gave my first master’s level lecture today. As predicted by my friend, many students (including the security guard) mistook me as a student. The girls told me they didn’t think their lecturer would be so “funny, fashionable, young and … Continue reading

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