Welcome to the Rest of Your Life: 3 Lessons from My First Year in the Real World

‘welcome to the rest of your life’, and what a welcome it was. losing my first job and an injury that left me unable to walk for 2 months were the overtones in the symphony of the debilitating global economic/political/climatic outlook.
I started writing this piece about life’s setbacks around the 1 year anniversary of my time in the real world (last August) but have invariably delayed because the setbacks did not stop coming. Keri Hilson said it first (and said it best),
#justgetbackupwhenitknocksyoudown, this post is a reminder (to myself more than anyone else) that transitions are tough, tough times never last and to remain confident in your ability to come out on top.

Put Your Phone Down: You’re Not Having Fun

This message was brought to you by: the serotonin transmitters in your brain. Roughly a year ago, mine were working overtime in response to the prospects of a changing world. Ah yes, #hotvaxsummer. For just 2 doses of your local Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca (Johnson & Johnson available at the special price of 1 dose)…

Actuellement: New Beginnings

Salutations, friends and happy Sunday. I know that it necessarily doesn’t feel like a happy Sunday, given everything that is happening in the world right now, it feels impossible to be happy about anything. There is an overbearing cloud of frustration and despair hanging over the United States at the present moment as it seems…

Peace Offering Mini Berry Galettes

Hi, it’s me again. It’s been a while, (2 years if we’re really counting), and when I left you, I was just about to head to Cape Town, South Africa to embark on a summer program that well and truly changed my life. Since then, I’ve hardly been idle, I’ve been horse-riding in the south…

Competition is an Illusion: My First Year at an Ivy League School

The moral of the story is: Run your own race. After an incredible last year of high school that surpassed even my own expectations, I was feeling pretty good. With impressive A Level results, the Melbury Cup tennis trophy and an award from the Government of Zimbabwe, I was on top of the world. It…

PennQuest, PennQuest The Best!

Sit down because I am about to tell you about the wildest 3 days of my incredibly short lifespan. Back in April when I received the email from Penn with information about the different pre-orientation programs, I was instantly sold. A chance to get on campus a week before everyone else sounded like a dream….

Saying Goodbye

Never thought that this moment would arrive but Father Time will always find a moment to catch up with you. To catch you up to speed, I graduated high school last year in Zimbabwe and I am starting college at the University of Pennsylvania this fall. The Southern African school calendar is marginally different from…