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October 16, 2017

Hi and Bye You’ve made it! You’ve survived the ups and downs of 2017! It’s been one of the worst and best ever. You will never want to relive those 3.00am moments during all-nighters, and if you never experience another 8.00am lecture you will die a happy chappy. But despite all that, it hasn’t been […]

October 2, 2017

Cure for the Exam Blues International students have much to celebrate with only three weeks of school left. Maybe you can’t wait for the holidays to kick in so you can head home immediately and be spoiled by your momma’s home cooking again, but if you’re staying around for summer you are in for a […]

September 18, 2017

It’s been three years since the last one, now all too soon it has rolled around again, and, lucky you, you get to be here in the cosy capital to experience it all. Billboards dot the roadside, mostly blue and red, and the orange smiley man haunts your dreams. I suppose you’re wondering what has […]

August 21, 2017

What is the heaviest thing I’ve ever carried? This was the question that plagued me on my way down one of Wellington’s many hills, possibly prompted by the 7kg bag of expensive textbooks on my back. I thought about my own experiences, from canoes and tramping packs to the more commonplace — tables, chairs, groceries. […]

August 7, 2017

Cold Feet If you have survived to July in Wellington, congratulations to you! Good news — the worst is over (fingers crossed) as we have put the shortest day behind us and are now sailing towards longer and warmer spring days. Keeping well and warm without drowning yourself in vitamins and busting your electricity bill […]

July 24, 2017

My Time in New Zealand I came to New Zealand in July 2015 — man, it was cold! It never crossed my mind that I would lose to the forces of the wind until I first stepped foot in Wellington. This year, I am going back home for good. I am going back to home-cooked […]

June 6, 2017

How to cope with homesickness: a beginner’s guide (part two) 5) Get a taste of your own culture at times The goal of studying abroad is to immerse every bit of yourself in a new culture. However, exposure to your own culture every now and then can be a great way to deal with homesickness. […]

May 22, 2017

How to cope with homesickness: a beginner’s guide   1) Virtual tours via Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber, or Wechat Alone in a strange new country and want to explore but no friends or family to do it with? Take them with you, virtually, by spamming them with messages, pictures, and videos. Example: Me: Hey bro what […]

May 8, 2017

Thoughts on Homesickness Second times are usually dismissed as being less significant by most people. I was one of them until reality proved me wrong. I have had the worst week of my life leaving home for the second time, even though I did not anticipate feeling anything close to that when I boarded my […]