Millennial Georgia Merton emerged from Otago University brandishing a shiny degree in nutrition and not a clue what to do with it. To South America it was, then, and there she stayed for a year and a half, “finding herself” and selling chocolate truffles off a tray. She returned with a rekindled love of storytelling and a persistent explorer’s curiosity, so decided to follow her nose into journalism. Merton, who spent several weeks working as an intern for North & South last year (see her stories on page 20), hopes to combine an inquiring mind with a lick of shrewd, science-based cynicism. “I want to engage people on real issues but make them accessible” she says. “I also love to write about people breaking the mould.” When she’s not studying journalism at AUT or selling Mexican street food around Auckland’s weekend markets, she can be found with her nose in a book or stopping strangers in the supermarket to practise her Spanish.