Always Look Back

Just like many people, I often use the New Year as a way to reflect on the previous year. But because of my recent adventures abroad, I wanted to use this time to not only look back on personal achievements and failures, but also to focus on the experiences and people I'm grateful for. That's…

Back in the United States

I'm back in the United States for the foreseeable future and it's strange to think that just over a month ago I was living on a completely different continent. Now that I'm back in the country, I decided to move back to Richmond, Virginia, a city that has and will always have a special place…

Visiting Queenstown

For those who aren't familiar with Queenstown, it's a popular resort town in the southern part of the South Island that attracts tourists with its prime opportunities for adrenaline junkie activities such as sky diving and bungee jumping. Queenstown has been on my New Zealand travel bucket list for a bit as it was one…

To My Mentors: Thank You

Recently I read a New York TimesĀ columnĀ about what students should focus on in college. The author pointed out severals reasons that really resonate with me. One of which was that college students should put their energy into getting to know their professors and take advantage of every chance to pick their brains and form relationships…

Finding Passion in Work

Part of the reason I wanted to embark on this journey was to experience other types of jobs. I was starting to feel unsure about journalism and whether I was passionate about it anymore. When I landed in Australia, I was willing to work any job that came my way, but I steered clear of…

Finding Friends in Strangers

The more I'm away from home, the more I think about and reflect on the friendships I've made over the years including the most recent people who have found their way into my life and vice versa. I am so grateful that I have been lucky enough to have a life filled with friends and…

The Great Escape

A few months before I left for Australia, a friend asked me whether I was running away from anything by my somewhat impulsive decision to jet set to the other side of the world. He insisted that there must be a reason for the big move. At the time, my reply was "Nope. I'm not…

Goodbyes Are Never Easy

It doesn't matter where I'm living or how old I am because saying farewell to people is never easy for me. It certainly doesn't seem to get less challenging either. This trip has been full of goodbyes, but today was by far the hardest of them all so far. I had to say goodbye to…