June 4: Summer!

Hello friends!

Summer is finally here!

It’s gotten really hot in Shanghai, so I’ve been staying inside most of the time. I’ve also been taking the bus to work so I don’t always have to bike when it’s too hot and humid. At least the heat gives me a good excuse to drink more bubble teas and iced coffees to cool down.

This is one of my favorite classes! I teach them at 8:45 on Saturday mornings, so we’re all very tired, but we have so much fun!

I have two new roommates that have now been living in my apartment for almost two months and the vibe at my apartment has changed a lot. One of the new roommates just turned 21 and she’s here for the summer doing an internship. The other is much older than all of us, and he’s also a teacher. It’s definitely different, but we all get along well! The three of us who have been in Shanghai for over 9 months are also generally not around as much. We have our own friends and hangout spots, and we don’t always spend much time at home.

One of my newer classes singing in class! This is a really good class, and all of the kids are so much fun!

Out of the three of us who have been here longest, I probably spend the most time at home. Mostly to do homework. Grad school is going really well, and I really like my classes. So far, I’ve taken writing classes, rhetoric classes, and diplomacy classes. Soon, I’ll get into more specialized classes. My homework involves a lot of reading and writing, but I manage to always get it done on time and most of my professors give great feedback! Even though the program sometimes keeps me from hanging out with friends and doing exciting things, it doesn’t bother me too much.

The little boy in the glasses is (not-so) secretely my favorite of all of my students. He’s only 3 years old, and he’s so smart!

While I feel busy right now, I know it’s about to get much worse. Because………Summer course is coming.

If you remember my winter schedule, it was really long days with lots of classes. Summer course is the same, except worse. Summer course starts at the beginning of next month. We found out last week what classes we are teaching, and I’m hoping that we get our schedules in the next two weeks. It’s always very last minute.

, it was really long days with lots of classes. Summer course is the same, except worse. Summer course starts at the beginning of next month. We found out last week what classes we are teaching, and I’m hoping that we get our schedules in the next two weeks. It’s always very last minute.

The class I’m teaching is a lot of fun, but it requires more planning than most of the other classes. It’s meant for high-level speakers (think kids between 8-10 and then 10-15). We get to talk about real-world stuff and play games and make projects. It’s also one of the longer classes. It’s 3 hours a day, 4 days a week. I will only teach them twice a week though (for each class). Who knows how much I’ll actually be working. During winter course, I was at work around 50 hours a week. I’m hoping it’s less than that this time. Summer course lasts for all of July and August (with a 5-day break), so being at work that much is exhausting.

I’ll be posting again soon!

Corinn

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