I’ve finally (and officially) made the decision of whether or not I will renew my teaching contract in China. … More June 12: The big decision.
Summer is finally here in Shanghai! … More June 4: Summer!
I’ve been in China for 9 months now! It’s also been a year since I graduated college. A lot has changed in the past year. … More May 21: A year since graduation?
Welcome back! In the past week, my life in China has changed quite a bit! I went from living with 4 other roommates and 1 cat to living with 3 roommates and 2 cats. 4 Roommates Last week, one of my roommates semi-officially moved out of our apartment. She is moving into another apartment in … More March 27: A Rescue Mission
I’ve been in China for nearly 7 months now, so of course, I’ve gotten sick a few times by now. Today was the second time I’ve called off work for being sick and the second time I’ve gone to the hospital in China. While being sick in China is not that different than being sick … More March 16: Getting Sick in China
I promised this post at the 3-month mark, and clearly, that didn’t happen. So happy 6-month China-versary to me! 1. How did you find this program? Is it exchange or something? I did a lot of research and applied to a few different private education companies. So it’s not actually a “program” or an “exchange,” … More February 23: 6 months in China!
One of the things I am required to do at work is perform. While it might not be the type of performance you may be thinking of, it is still nerve-wracking and challenging. Each class we teach lasts about 7-10 months depending on the level. So kids come for 2 hours of class each week … More February 10: The Art of Performing
新年快樂! (Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy New Year!) HAPPY OFFICIAL NEW YEAR FROM SHANGHAI! Now that the Lunar New Year has passed, it is officially 2019 and the Year of the Pig in China (and also all around Asia)! Typically, for Chinese people, this time is all about going back to their hometowns, spending time … More February 7: Lunar New Year
Hello, all! Sorry, it’s been a while since my last update. These past few weeks have been a bit crazy though. Work has gotten really busy. We are in the midst of Winter Course right now. Basically, because of Chinese New Year, kids are off school, and my center teaches English classes all day long. … More January 30: Winter Course
(Before you begin reading, I have one small request: if you start reading this post, please read all the way to the end.) Living abroad is amazing and crazy and magical and everything you want it to be, but it’s also hard. I know that all of my blog posts have been so positive, but … More January 9: The Realities of Living Abroad