Entries by Melinda Roberts

Finding your work groove as a new expat

My first “expat job interview” took place when I was still fairly new to the country – it was terrifying, confusing AND a good learning experience. Even though I had been fortunate enough to get prepped by local friends, the whole thing ended up being a bit of a disaster. As great as it is to […]

Is online learning for you?

Regardless of your educational goal — be it to update your current skills, explore a new career or culture, or just gain a better understanding of the world around you — online learning is a tool worth exploring. Online learning is a broad term that covers a range of approaches, from simply accessing topic material on the Web to joining virtual classrooms that provide a collaborative and interactive […]

Moving Day

Most people dread moving day. Moving day is the culmination of what has typically been a very stressful lead-up period where you’ve been trying to combine your regular everyday life with that of sorting, purging and packing. And if that isn’t enough, you’ve most likely had extra of everything else to do too, such as […]

Trials and tribulations of finding a rental

In the span of our first few years in Silicon Valley, my husband and I ended up living in five different rentals. They were all in the same city and most of them in the same general neighborhood. Our problem clearly was not in finding the right spot. For us it was a matter of […]

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is – it’s a tried and true saying, a bit worn perhaps, but it still sounds about right to me. I have been thinking about it a lot this past week while running last minute errands with my son before he heads off to college. He’ll be in a foreign […]

Building a social life as a new arrival

Building new friendships as an adult can be difficult, and being a new arrival in a foreign country only adds to the difficulty. Ironically, this is also the time when you have a real need to meet people and make new friends. As a new arrival, you have left your support network of friends and […]

US health insurance – oh, the headache!

If there is one thing that unites foreign residents in the US in bafflement and frustration it is the US health insurance system. I have yet to meet anyone who has an uncomplicated relationship to their health insurance policy or who is completely happy with the effects it has on decisions regarding wellness and health […]

Getting Ready For the New School Year

The new school year is approaching fast and for many it’s a time of mixed feelings: sadness that lazy summer days are coming to an end, relief that the days will once again resume normal structure, frenzy over back-to-school shopping, stress over paperwork and perhaps disbelief that your child is already going to kindergarten/middle school/high […]

Global world, global communication

I am back home for the summer and the town where I am staying is host to the world’s largest youth soccer tournament. This week, some 1700 teams representing 80 countries have gathered to play soccer, but also to get an experience of a different kind. Ask most any kid participating in the tournament and […]

Learning how to communicate – it’s a serious thing!

Fyodor Dostoyevsky put his finger on it when he said: “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” Most of us are aware of the importance of open and honest communication – with our partners for sure, as well as with our parents, children, friends and co-workers. A move […]