Twenty Questions with Laura Swan


Welcome to Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Laura Swan, 28

What is your full name?

Laura Jane Swan.


How old are you?

I turned 28 two weeks ago!


How old do you feel?

I’d say mid 20’s – most definitely not almost 30.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I’m one of the rare girls my age who was born in Auckland and hasn’t left.


What do you do for work?

I’m a paediatric nurse on ward 26A at Starship Children’s Hospital. We specialise in neurosurgery, neurology, metabolic and endocrine conditions. I have been nursing for five and a half years. I am so passionate about my job. I feel honoured to look after such amazing kids who teach me more than any adult could – nursing has helped me become the person I am today and I am super grateful.


What do you do for fun?

Yoga – it genuinely makes me a better person and also makes me very happy. I love being at the beach, a good flat white, going out to eat, and having my boyfriend cook for me (he’s a chef). But I also love just chilling with my German Shepherd, Alba. She’s the best.


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I studied nursing at the University of Auckland and graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing – I’ve done one post graduate paper but studying isn’t really my forte.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

I am sucker for a classic chick flick and I love watching movies but anyone who knows me can attest that I am the worst at following the plot line.


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Tricky question, but it would probably be choosing to stay in Auckland when a lot of my best friends decided to move to London. It just was never my calling, I bloody love New Zealand. It’s also worked out well because a lot those girls are now starting to move home!


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Similar to the above; not living in the same city as so many of my girlfriends. I know distance makes the heart grow fonder blah blah blah, but it was really bloody hard at times.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

Rather than one moment, it was the three months I spent travelling around Europe when I was 26 with a bunch of my besties – I visited such incredible places with special people, there’s not much more a girl could ask for.


Who do you miss?

 One of my besties, Maddie Bowker. We said goodbye in an Athens airport hotel on the 31st of July 2016 when she moved to London after we had been travelling together. She’s a truly amazing human. I am excited though because I will be seeing her soon.


What do you like the most about yourself?

My ability to laugh at myself when I do weird things and being able to trust my gut in tough situations.


What do you like the least about yourself?

Sometimes I probably care a bit too much, I know it doesn’t sound like a bad thing but it can really work to my disadvantage at times when I should just let things go – I am slowly getting better at it!


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I have a heart outline on the inside of my left wrist. I got it reasonably spontaneously in New York in 2014. It doesn’t mean anything – I just wanted a tattoo at the time. A child I was looking after at Starship the other day saw it and said “Cool Pacman tattoo…”


How would your friends describe you?

“Caring, funny, loving, genuine, a good listener and someone you can count on.”


How would your parents describe you?

My dad said, “Conscientious, thoughtful, considerate, fun-loving, trustworthy, respectful and a bloody good girl to have as a mate and a daughter.” He’s a mega cheese ball but the greatest man in the world.


When was the last time you cried?

About two minutes ago when I had to answer the question about who I miss.


What are you afraid of?

Not being able to have babies. Pretty deep right?


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I’m pretty happy with how my twenties have been. No regrets, probably would try save more money than I have and not sweat the small stuff.


Header image by Holly Burgess for The Twenties Club