I set foot in the US for the first time on 29 August 2015, after a long flight (24 hours to be exact). I couldn't believe that I was going to leave student life for a postdoc job in a foreign country 10000 miles away from home. I left all my family and friends in my home country and I was aware that the 16-hour time difference between the two countries would make it harder to talk to them. I am on my own. Despite not knowing what to expect from this country, I arrived at LAX excitedly knowing that I am going to work in the field of urban entomology in the entomology department at the University of California Riverside, the # 2 entomology department in the world. Most importantly, I am fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to work with the urban entomology experts on something that I am truly passionate about. I think the most challenging part was the need to immediately start working in a new environment upon my arrival, while at the same time adapting to a new language, new culture, new people, new food, and immediately understanding how social security number, driver license, credit score, medical insurance, visa conditions, taxes, employee benefits, etc. work – matters that rarely ever crossed my mind when I was a Ph.D. student back in Malaysia. I also needed to learn to drive on the right (not left) side of the road. I feel extremely lucky to have many nice and helpful people around me; my bosses, my colleagues, my housemate and new friends that I met in California, who have made my journey so far an enjoyable one. It has been quite a roller coaster ride filled initially with anxiety and depression, to subsequent self-discovery and confidence. I hope to continue working in this field and further contribute to this field for years to come.