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New Zealand Blog 7: Decisions and Time

Written by    Jun 1, 2018

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien in the voice of Gandalf, “The Fellowship of the Ring” Living by yourself, and supporting yourself in a foreign country especially, means making decisions for yourself. This is difficult for three reasons: money, energy, and satisfaction. I’m sure my fellow readers are getting a little sick […]

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New Zealand Blog 6: I’m Going On Multiple Adventures

Written by    May 31, 2018

Let’s talk ~Auckland Adventures~ – some of the highlights of mini trips here in New Zealand. (Imagine if Frodo wrote this blog. “Today, Gollum fell into the depths of Mordor with the one ring. I’m going to miss that little guy! And Gollum too!”) I’m going to separate each of the four adventures by a character in “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” that […]

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A smart way to make a little extra cash

Written by    May 31, 2018

I just got a check in the mail from Ohio State. Would you like one? Ohio State does this really cool thing where you can help others, help yourself and make money all at the same time. If you have a student with a disability in your class and they request a note-taker, any classmate can do it. All you do is take thorough notes […]

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New Zealand Blog 5: The Magical Places

Written by    May 24, 2018

Just know this: Gimli is a dwarf and Galadriel is an elf – a very powerful elf – and dwarves and elves historically are not friends. Lothlórien is where Galadriel lives, and in “The Fellowship of the Ring”, Gimli meets Galadriel there when the fellowship takes a pitstop. Now. Let’s get into it. “There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in […]

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3.5 Months of Summer??

Written by    May 24, 2018

Summer in college is definitely quite different than in high school — in more ways than one, I might add. Most notably, though, is the duration of a college summer break. Unlike in high school, where districts only have about two months off, a college summer is the length of an entire semester (hence the name “Summer Term”). What are you going to do with […]

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College misconception #3: you won’t get an A…in anything

Written by    May 24, 2018

Ah, yes, another fear tactic used in high school: “People don’t get A‘s in college.” Well, I have gotten A‘s in college. Which causes me to believe that this isn’t true. But I would like to look into where this comes from. I think this statement is supposed to be “it’s not as easy to get an A in college classes as in high school classes.” […]

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Senior Week

Written by    May 24, 2018

At the end of the semester, I usually found myself leaving campus as quickly as possible, but with graduation and training for my internship, I got to see and experience all of the craziness that happens during a senior’s final week as a student. The week kicked off with a craft night, where seniors were invited to decorate their caps. As you can see, mine […]

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New Zealand Blog 4: There and Back Again

Written by    May 16, 2018

To take reality, crumple it up into a ball, and let it fly into time and space – that’s the appeal of a fantasy world. It was “Magic Tree House”. It was “The Wishing Chair”. It was “Ella Enchanted”. It was “Harry Potter”. Recently, it has been “Game of Thrones”. And the past few years, it has also been “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the […]

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New Zealand Blog 3: Making Second Breakfast

Written by    May 16, 2018

In the wise, scruffy, Dwarfish words of Thorin Oakenshield, “‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” I agree with Thorin. Food and cheer are both very important. To have these things, though, you need to know how to cook. Which I cannot do. But I’m learning! Here’s what I’ve found so far. I […]

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New Zealand Blog 2: No Trolls Encountered Yet

Written by    May 16, 2018

Okay. I’m here. It’s 8:15 a.m. and I am typing on this laptop after lying in bed for two hours and meditating. (You guys should try meditating. It’s very relaxing.) The flight to Auckland from Houston was about 14 hours long. We landed in Auckland at around six a.m. on plane-interfered sleep (read: in and out of sleep for six hours). The six girls all […]

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