Doing good

Two years ago, I travelled to Indonesia to learn about alternative methods of delivering education. Education – and its ability to empower – had captured my interest for a long time. From the high school teachers that instilled in me the confidence to pursue seemingly impossible dreams to the piano students I fondly watched grow […]

Moving mountains

Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most […]

The imposter

I am currently in Wellington as I write this, having just spent the day at a workshop that I helped to organise. The professor who spearheaded this colloquium, and for whom I have spent the past two years working for, invited me to join them for dinner. Despite the opportunity to meet leading academics, practitioners […]


I sometimes think about compiling the soundtrack to an imaginary movie about my life. A collection of songs is usually quite easy to piece together, because music naturally carries meanings and feelings that we can (almost instantly) identify. I heard a ‘roadtrip’ song the other day on the radio that suddenly perked up an otherwise cold and […]


On Monday 3 June, in the early hours of the morning, my mother passed away after a two-year battle with oesophageal cancer.   It’s difficult to express what it feels like to have lost a mother. I grew up in a single parent family, and to have lost that parent in my life is like losing […]

Thank you for being good to me

I was watching King Lear over the weekend and, being the tragedy that it is, found myself very frustrated at the concept of being trapped in a spiral of bad decisions and misfortune. It seems like Newton’s First Law of Motion applies to life as it does to objects – that once we start heading […]

Finding inspiration

A few weeks ago, I was going through a bit of a mental slump. Four years of law school and two summer clerkships later, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to spend the rest of my life in the legal profession. My fifth and final year of my undergraduate studies was fast approaching and I […]