Hot off the press! The PhD student revealed

The PhD student is a mysterious breed. Seemingly normal on the outside, the PhD student functions effectively in daily life, though secretly suffers from a variety of odd and somewhat peculiar symptoms, including (but not limited) to the following: 1) Short-lived waves of euphoria (e.g. “Hooooly shit, I’m f*&S*ing brilliant!!!”),  followed by an all-encompassing self-doubt and loathing (e.g. “What is this crap?!! What crazy idiot came up with this???”). Rigorous […]

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Excuse me, do you work here?

Never mind that neither of us really liked (or “got”) modern art, but Asian as we are, it was our cultural obligation not to waste the coupons we had. T was scrunching her eyebrows at almost every piece, muttering in Japanese how none of it made sense. I, on the other hand, entertained myself by […]

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“Checking in”

When something happens the first time, you think its a fluke or somehow situational. But when it happens again and again, you start to realize a pattern. You realize it is not just the situation, it is not just the other person, but that you are in fact somehow responsible for the current state of […]

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My first year abroad

I’ve been living in Zurich for a little over a year now.  Since I’m a big fan of reflection upon one’s own life, given this momentous occasion, I thought I’d share some of my favourite memories and experiences in my first year abroad. On my first night in Zurich, I remember getting into bed, turning […]

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Synthesizing “happiness”

Do you ever wonder why you’re here?  What the purpose and meaning of life is? Whoa! Too deep, I haven’t even had my morning coffee yet! Alright, so I don’t even drink coffee, but I do ponder these philosophical questions every once in a while.  The same internal answer always seems to appear: “Well, I […]

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Ich lerne Deutsch!

I’ve been living in Zurich for 6 months now.  I have to say that I am constantly impressed and awed by the average number of languages people can speak here, in this small (but quadrilingual) country in the centre of Europe.  Coming from bilingual Canada, I am embarrassed to say that the few years of […]

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