Running Towards the Light

Hi friends, I wanted to start off by sharing something that my roommate Gabrielle said to me when we first met. We were talking about being far away from loved ones and how we feel we are running away from certain things in the U.S. She said “I can’t help but believe that we are…

Travel Diaries: Taipei, Taiwan

Nǐ hǎo friends, This blog post recaps our trip to Taipei, Taiwan a few weeks ago. Twenty of us traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to attend a regional conference. When we arrived in Taiwan we made the genius decision to save money and not buy SIM cards. We took the train to Taipei and walked around…

“Miss Clare”

Greetings loved ones, This blog post recaps a difficult week. School has been tough. My mentor went on her maternity leave. No teacher wants the extra work of being my mentor, so no one tells me what is going on at school but I can’t take it personally! I am making the best of it…

Win some, lose most.

Hello from Malaysia! I could not have dreamt this place up. Malaysia has been a wild adventure that has challenged me and pushed me to my breaking point several times. I am pushing back. School has gotten easier. I have joined net ball, archery, badminton, and bocce. Every day I stay at school until around…

Chinese New Year

Hello from Malaysia! We had a whole week off for Chinese New Year and wow we made the most of it! This blog post is about my last minute trip to the Cameron Highlands and George Town. Seven of us went to the Cameron Highlands for three nights and stayed at a cute, clean hostel…

Bat Poop Is Raining From My Ceiling.*

*Bat poop was raining from my ceiling…conveniently on all of my belongings, but some man came and closed the vent after a few days. The highs are high and the lows are low. This post is about my first week living in my community and working at my school. I am writing this post a…

KL and Kuantan

Hello my dears! I want to start off by saying I miss you all and am starting to feel very far away. That being said, I am making some wonderful friends. I am slowly picking up Bahasa Malaysia (BM) the national language of Malaysia through lessons and trial and error, and am having a great…

My first week in Malaysia

Selamat pagi! Malaysia is wonderful! All 100 of us ETAs are staying in a very fancy part of Kuala Lumpur for the first month for orientation. Kuala Lumpur is a crazy city filled with motorbikes, food markets, monkeys, and malls (among other things of course). I am so grateful to be here. Fulbright Malaysia is…

Two days to go…

Yep…I am totally freaking out. I know nothing about Malaysia and have no idea where I will be going or what it will be like, but it will happen, and I will survive. I’ve packed my bags, I am writing my first blog post, and the time has come. It has been a long time…