Back Stateside

Although it felt surreal to officially be done with my semester abroad (especially finishing in early November), it finally came time to head back to the US and reunite with family and friends. In reflection upon my first blog post, I regret to say that my position has changed in a not-so-great way. I had…

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Final Stretch to Home Base

As my time in New Zealand is dwindling down, I have had lots of time in between finals to reflect on these months at the University of Otago. Although I am very open about the struggles I have had here, I believe that everything happens with a purpose or at the very least, one can…

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Mid-Semester Break

Kia Ora!   I write this on the Monday post-break and it has been wonderful to sit and regroup from a long week. I started my break by going up to Oamaru (a little over an hour north of Dunedin) to see the Blue Penguin Colony. These little guys are the smallest types of penguins…

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25% Complete

It’s strange to think that 25% feels like so much, yet I so little that I still have 3 months left here in New Zealand. This first quarter being in this country have been an absolute rollercoaster (as clich√© as that is). First few weeks flew by – between orientation in Queenstown and arriving in…

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12,000 Minutes and Counting…

I have been tracking the minutes until my arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand since the count has been well over 100,000 and the amount of nerves that reside in me are countless. The information we have received so far has left my head reeling and launching it into spirals of imagination, wondering who the rest…

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