Belittling a girlfriend

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We spent Christmas at Stuart’s aunt’s place. But the second half of the exams was at the beginning of January, so all I did for the rest of the holiday […]

Confronting romance

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Without alcohol and in daylight at school, I was in no mood to discuss romance. I tried to avoid the topic when I sat next to Scott, keeping the conversation […]

Sensation

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The school hosted a Christmas dinner at a restaurant after the exam, and we were allowed to bring a plus one. Stuart couldn’t come because he had to fly to […]

1st term

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During the first semester, we studied the essentials – Finance, Accounting, Economics, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior. We spent all day in a windowless classroom. Some lecturers were contemptuous of the […]

Shackle of coupledom

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Weeks passed, but I didn’t see Stuart taking action to change jobs. Every evening, I studied on the kitchen counter, and Stuart played video games on the sofa. I sometimes […]

Financial stress

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I was able to fund half of my tuition from the severance money and borrowed the rest from my parents. The exchange rate between GBP and JPY was about 1 […]

Responsibility politics

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Then, there was a “motivational speaker.” A 30-something-year-old British man, whose profession I can’t recall, but it could have easily been a “professional motivational speaker,” but I remember he rowed […]

The salt tablet

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In one of the team-building exercises, we were given a scenario in which the airplane you were on crashed in the middle of the desert. There were about a dozen […]

New classmates

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The MBA program started in September. The first week was spent on orientation and getting to know one another. There were about fifty of us, and as the program promised, […]

Waning passion

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Stuart came to Japan for an annual business trip at the end of July, so I went to Tokyo to spend a week with him. I waited for his arrival […]