Life Update

As my time in China nears its conclusion (for now), I’ve been reflecting a lot on what this amazing, inspiring, fast-paced year has meant to me. The thing I’m most afraid of, I think, is forgetting—I don’t want to forget the feel of cycling through hutongs on my way back from class, watching hazy sunsets … More Life Update


Some things I’ve been thinking about lately— Learning Mandarin is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do. Sure, I’ve progressed a lot; last spring I didn’t know more than a few words in Chinese, and now I can have actual (albeit very slow) conversations. I can order food, give directions, introduce myself … More Language


It’s been a long time since I last posted, but because I’ve done quite a bit of traveling since then I figured I’d better start catching up. Regardless, writing is a nice respite from studying—I’m taking the LSAT in less than a week, so needless to say, logic games and arguments and conditional statements and assumptions … More Iceland

The Left-Side Pocket

I slide open the zipper on the left-side pocket of my camera bag to reveal a cluster of small cards and folded papers, receipts and tickets, miscellaneous scraps. The stub of a boarding pass, my destination still visible. “Thira to Milan.” A supermarket receipt, primarily in Greek, the only visible English “swiss rolls” and “3.36 … More The Left-Side Pocket