A Whole New World: Vietnam

I’ve made one of the biggest decisions of my adult life this week: I’ve decided to live abroad in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam to teach at the Canadian International School Vietnam for two years. For the last six months, I’ve been on a job hunt. I wanted to move on from my current job…

What’s in a name?

As many immigrants will agree, it can be frustrating to have a first name that is difficult to pronounce for speakers in your new country. Second generation immigrants can also encounter this frustration, perhaps more frequently because they may or may not be fluent in their parents’ native tongue. For some people, the solution is to…

Marathoning Life

I’ve never been a very athletic person. I enjoy walks, hikes, skating, and other forms of exercise that “get me places”, but I’ve never been one to train for a competition or develop a physical skill. I decided to change that last year. I thought to myself, “I’m going to run a marathon!” A friend…

Heart & Soul

What is a “heart?” Ask a biologist and you will be told it is an organ for circulating blood around the body. It’s purpose is to ensure an even distribution of heat and other essentials such as oxygen and hormones around the body. That definition makes perfect sense to me. Ask a poet and you…

Rose-coloured Filters: Making the Cut for Social Media #humblebrag

On September 9, 2017, I took my first international trip without my parents to Cusco, Peru. I’m sure some people will consider that a pretty late milestone at the age of 25, but there I was. I used to be so awestruck by picture-perfect moments captured on social media. I would see classmates sharing photos of…