2013: I started Arabic classes mid-January and am doing some online computer programming courses. So far it's shaping up to be a pretty good year.
2012: I officially graduated from Oxford University! Almost all of the graduands followed along with the ceremony, which was impressive as it was conducted entirely in Latin. I also started to work at a preschool in Portland, learning about the Montessori method and practicing my colloquial Spanish. And, of course, I moved down to California. Traveled to: England, Iceland
2011: Handed in my Master's dissertation in August--what a relief! I also rowed in the Christ Church, Torpids, and Summers VIIIs regattas for Wolfson College Boat Club. Traveled to: Italy, San Marino; lived in England
2010: Finished my Bachelor's degree! I graduated from McGill and then matriculated to Oxford (where I began to row). In between, I served as the foreperson of a grand jury (which lasted for a month!). Traveled to: Mexico, Israel, Germany, Norway; lived in Canada and England
2009: I spent the summer at 北京大学 (PKU), learning to bargain and how to ask "is that spicy?" I also took a neurolinguistics seminar, which I really enjoyed, and continued to study Mandarin after I returned to Montréal. Traveled to: China, South Korea; lived in Canada and China
2008: I started to work part-time at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill as part of their work-study program. This was also the year I decided to major in linguistics. Traveled to: Israel; lived in Canada
2007: Graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Portland, OR! I took 6 AP exams my senior year, which was a little crazy. Calculus was involved. Additionally, I was an assistant instructor at my ballet company. I also moved to Canada and began my undergraduate studies at McGill University! Traveled to: Scotland, Italy; lived in Canada
2006: I spent the first half of 2006 living in Italy as a foreign exchange student and the second half adjusting back to speaking English and American fashion. (Italian fashion at the time involved sequins.) Traveled to: France; lived in Italy
2005: Moved to Italy at 16 knowing only "pizza," "mozzarella," and "mafia" in Italian. Crazy? Maybe a little. A totally cool experience? Definitely. This was also the year I got my driver's license. Lived in Italy
2004: Won an essay contest--and a college scholarship--through my Driver's Education class as a freshman.
2003: Began high school at St. Mary's Academy as one of only six freshmen in Honors Advanced Algebra. I also began to dance ballet en pointe, and I took Japanese at a local community college in eighth grade. Traveled to: Australia
1988: I made my entrance into the world, apparently beginning at 3 a.m. during a snowstorm. What can I say? I had the dramatic timing down right from the start.