Michael Turgeon


University of Auckland, New Zealand


Hey, I’m Michael! I’m about to graduate from Santa Clara University with degrees in music and biology, but I’m squeezing in one final quarter and I am spending it at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. I’ve hardly ever left California, so needless to say spending 5 months in the South Pacific will be quite a change. But I packed my guitar, left the world I know behind, and am approaching this adventure with an open mind, an empty stomach, and just enough cash to get me through. On my blog, you’ll read all about my successes and failures, opportunities for growth and subsequent growing pains, moments of clarity and moments of stupidity, and likely the numerous times I’ll get lost. But in all instances, you will find (attempted) humor, a somewhat naïve sense of wonder, and a dash of the philosophical. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I hope you’ll join me.

A Trite Tale About a Sand Dollar

Michael Turgeon August 11, 2017

When you’re a kid, every new experience and discovery in life is so emotionally momentous. I have a distinct memory of being 8 years old and traversing a Northern California beach with my dad, when I stumbled on what I thought of as the discovery of a… More

Left and Wrong

Michael Turgeon July 25, 2017

Everything feels backwards. It’s suddenly the dead of winter, the water spins the other way, there are new stars in the sky, and folks drive on the left. This last point became particularly salient last Saturday, when I woke up early and walked into a… More


Michael Turgeon July 13, 2017

4:45AM. Waiting patiently in line at the baggage check for Hawaiian Airlines at the Sacramento International Airport, and an old lady wearing a floral uniform with a vibrant tropical flower in her hair and a distinct scowl on her face clocks into work… More

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