Same, Same but Different

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What does it mean to be home? I’ve been back for two months now, a length of time that has given me the space to reflect on my experiences away, but also allowed for the raw and visceral elements to begin to fade around the edges. Looking back on it, I’d have to say that the differences, not just between education systems, but more importantly, in how learning is perceived and thought about was one of the most jarring and …

Going away and coming back (home)

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It’s late, encroaching on 1 am, and I’m sitting in the passenger seat of an Uber, heading back to school from the airport. Perfectly manicured hedges stream past and the streetlamps lining the highway put out a bright, reassuring glow. In my last post, I wrote that Singapore didn’t feel like home, that maybe it would never feel like home. It hits me though, as I watch the quiet, ordered city pass by me that what I feel now is …

Extremes and Contrasts

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I have been here for four weeks now, just under a month. Long enough to begin to feel comfortable, to touch the cultural nuances of this country, but not long enough for the raw newness to have faded yet. I am still surprised by the manicured hedges on the side of the highway, the silhouettes of shipping cranes over the harbor that I can see from the balcony of my dorm at sunset. I have figured out how to navigate …

When 30º is Swimsuit Weather

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I thought I would structure my first post as a primer to Yale-NUS, hopefully to give some context on where I will be going to school for this upcoming semester. Yale-NUS is liberal arts college that was founded as a partnership between Yale University and the National University of Singapore in 2013. This means that all of the current seniors here will be the first graduating class. It is also very, very small with only about 800 students. People here …