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Not a single familiar face – Expat Friendships

Not a single familiar face

Being an expat is hard sometimes. One of the hardest things aside from doctor’s visits and tax forms are friendships. Meeting people isn’t hard but forging a long-lasting bond can be. I have a decent amount of friends of very different social circles and on a regular basis, I don’t feel alone.

But then there these days when I miss seeing familiar faces, hanging out with someone I know for more than just a couple of months or a year. I miss my best friends from middle school, who know the real me. They know me as more than just the German girl, the grad student, or that girl who doesn’t eat meat. My friends from back then know my puberty struggles, know my childhood crushes, and know exactly where and how I grew up.

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What happened in May 2018

Point Lobos - Mai - yoursjuliet.com

Hi everyone,
I decided to start a new blog series, where I review the last month. That way you can read more of what I have been up to, even if it doesn’t fit into the categories travel or eco-lifestyle. I am also heavily considering expanding my blog categories to some of what you will read below. So what happened in May?

A lot of science

I am a grad student in Molecular Biology and currently in my second year, which has a lot of milestones and hurdles in it. So last month, I had just passed my qualifying exam, which is probably the biggest milestone aside from the actual dissertation. So this month, I was still kind of recovering from that. I also have my third-year talk coming up. That’s a seminar I have to give in front of the department and it is part of my requirements for advancing to candidacy. As an international student, I have to satisfy these requirements early. It is actually very unusual to give this talk so quickly after the qualifying exam. So I didn’t really get to take a break in May, I had to keep working on my research to prepare some data for the talk.

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