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Ayla Blair-Smith

Ayla is passionate about indigenous development, current global issues and learning about different cultures. She has been on exchange in Mexico, as well as joining the UWC (United World College) community in 2015, a community that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.


Capstone Project Reflection- GCY Requirement

June 5, 2018

Hello lovely human beings,  It's me again. One last time I promise.  About a month ago, I returned to UWC Robert Bosch, Germany. This is where I studied previously, before choosing to embark on one of the most challenging experiences to date. I was joined by my fellow classmate, roomie, and friend Soph Schonach,who spent her...

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Kōtahi te whakaahua, e hea kē nei ngā kupu ka puta…

May 22, 2018

Kia Ora,  Kua roa ahau i rāwāhi e noho ana, engari kua tae ki te wā me hoki ki tērā o ngā wāhi e noho pūmau ana ki tōku ngākau, ki te haukāinga, ki Aotearoa. I a au e hāereere ana i te ao, ko tōku Whaea tērā e waea mai ana me te pātai...

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Little Did You Know

April 18, 2018

I realised that despite my "profound observations" during my stay in India, I never got around to explaining the simple things; my daily routine. I never once explained this to parents, nor close friends mainly because I was constantly overwhelmed by new things and the obscurity of those things until eventually they became normal to...

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Words of a 10 year old

January 24, 2018

I remember when I first got a proper smart phone. By “proper” I mean a non-hand-me-down phone. I must have been 15 or so, and I was over the moon about it. You see, I made a deal with my father when I was 12 (I’m simply estimating that number, it could have quite possibly...

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2017 Playlist

January 2, 2018

नमस्ते Translation: Namaste Translation: Hello First of all, ngā mihi of te tau hou, or in more familiar words to many readers; happy New Years! I hope 2017 was nothing but kind to you all, and that 2018 proves to be a great year. It’s been a while since I last wrote anything, mainly because...

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Stuck between two monkey bars

September 23, 2017

Monkey bars were one of my favourite things at park as a child. Swinging from one bar to another. Though occasionally I was caught in between two bars, sweaty hands, slowly slipping, you know how it goes. It was in these moments that I was afraid to let go of the bar behind me and...

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Saying Yes

September 2, 2017

If you think about how many times a day one either answers by using "yes" or "no" to a question, you'll find that there have been many missed opportunities in one's life.  "Yes" is often used in situations where we are either certain of the outcome or see a lack in consequences occuring later on...

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