Say Hello to Michelle!

The Life in the Bay team is very pleased to welcome a new member who is going to take on the role of editor: Michelle Laker!

I am officially going back to France to live in Toulouse this October and this is why we looked for somebody to take on the role of editor and to make sure the blog will be keeping on being what it is: a great and useful tool when getting settled in the Bay Area!

Please welcome Michelle in her new role and let’s discover who she is…

A new team member!

A new team member!

“I am excited to be taking on the role of Editor for the ‘Life in the Bay’ blog. Although I am a California native; I spent 10 years living – studying, working, (and falling in love) in the United Kingdom. I recently returned to my roots in the Bay Area, and have brought my British husband with me. While I am a native, most days I feel as lost back here in California as I did when I first arrived in the UK!

Since welcoming a baby boy earlier this year I have decided to take time off from my career in higher education. For more than a decade I have been working in international student recruitment and support. I have helped students from over 100 different countries, and love learning about other cultures and traditions. My desire to welcome newcomers to the Bay Area comes from the unforgettable memories (and mistakes I made) during my first few months, and even years in the United Kingdom. Even though I was an English speaker going to an English speaking country – the daily British life was still confusing!

I look forward to doing what I can to explain Californian and American culture, and highlighting all that makes life in the Bay Area so special. ”


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