Its a universally known fact that the best way to celebrate finishing four years of flashcards and late night lab reports is to get in your car and drive away from all of your responsibilities for a week. The job apps and life planning will be right there in the anxiety-inducing pile you left them in, but its not often that you’ll get to feel as unattached and free as after you… Read More

A few weeks ago, I stood amongst my graduating class of 2016 and flipped a flimsy yellow tassel from one side of my cap to the other. It felt momentous, at least in that it meant we would probably be get to take off the itchy caps and leave soon. But it wasn’t until my cap was discarded in some dusty corner of my room and I had left to celebrate the… Read More

This essay appeared originally on the outdoor media site She-Explores.com. This time last year, I was a few months into my first full-time internship in field that I care about. While I should have felt lucky, all I felt was stuck. I spent most of my free time planning an escape from the routine in which I found myself lodged. I applied to study abroad (for the third time in three years) and… Read More

What do you get when you add a stressed out college student with less than two months to graduation and a week off in March? A spring break spent writing cover letters and updating resumes. So while I skipped the spring skiing and beaches this year in favor of, you know, not having a post-grad meltdown, I did manage to squeeze in a weekend in Portland, Maine. At a brisk 30 degrees,… Read More

Staring up at a full sky of stars as the last minutes of 2015 slipped by, I felt nowhere near ready for the new year to arrive. The last year has been challenging and unpredictable, and brought me to the most spectacular places. But, it’s landed me in the new year with hundreds of unedited pictures, two yet-to-be-unpacked suitcases, and a lot to figure out. In the last twelve months, I worked… Read More

Thanksgiving brought me a bit of an internal battle this year. Usually home with family or friends that feel like family, I sit around the dinner table of familiar faces feeling grateful to be exactly where I am. This year, as we created our own little Thanksgiving away from home where the sight of Skippy peanut butter and mashed potatoes induced actual cheering, I was torn. I was simultaneously mourning missing out… Read More

After three packed weeks of class and a location change to Punakha (a long 12hr drive away from our home at UWICE), the Bumthang Cultural Trek feels like a lifetime ago. Class and papers and fighting with the wifi has pretty much dominated my free time, meaning that writing blog posts about the things we’ve been up to has been low on the to-do list. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been… Read More

From the moment I stepped foot on the UWICE campus and looked up at the wide, green ridges surrounding us, I’ve been dying to see the view from the top of them. A few weekends ago, I got that chance. We had been asking about the signs for trails to Tharpaling monestary heading into the forest above campus pretty much since we arrived here last month, but had heard that it was… Read More

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