An ode to California. For Cambridge is not you. This is not the land of dreamers and beaches. But, living here won’t break you. Five states. Twenty-Five years. All roads leading to here. I have been on the move since I was born, but that does not make the process of moving or starting a … More From Cali to Cambridge
Two months ago, I traveled 21 hours taking two flights across the Pacific Ocean to get to Boston. From the first day of Orientation for International Students, I won the “Who traveled the furthest to get here!” title and realized I was the only one at HGSE from New Zealand. I can safely say that … More 14,000 km away from home, New Zealand to Boston
It’s a Sunday evening in mid-October. I’m watching the Red Sox playoff game on TV (Go Twins, but what are the playoffs?) and the much discussed fall foliage is beginning to appear. We’ve finished up our sixth week of class, and after moving to Boston from the Pacific North West, my home for the last … More A Week at HGSE
If you are thinking about applying to HGSE as an international student but aren’t entirely sure what the experience will be like, I hope this post will put some of your concerns at ease whilst also giving you advance warning of some things you might want to think about! When I received my admissions officer, … More What can you Expect as an International Student?
On Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 I landed at Logan International Airport with two suitcases and a purse. The past fourteen years of my life in sunny California, were uprooted, stuffed into luggage, then launched across the United States, courtesy of American Airlines. I initially felt a lot of anxiety surrounding my transition into life at … More The Perks of (PS)Pizza
Arriving in Cambridge in August felt a little bit daunting; I’d just turned 30, was worried that I’d be too old to get along with anyone, and too far out of university to keep up with the work. I’m very happy to report that these fears were unfounded! I am part of the International Education … More Jumping into International Education Policy
For Admitted Students who are also Parents As I write this, three other humans that I call family are a few feet away doing what other humans do: eating, talking, and relaxing after a day at school and work. I am a master’s student at HGSE, and I am a parent to two children, a … More A letter to admitted students who are also parents