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
Hello all, and happy New Year! (scroll down if you just want to see a bunch of pictures) 2018 was a crazy year for me. 2018 was truly the year of beginnings and endings. In 2018, I started and finished a poetry collection for my senior paper, I graduated from college with a B.A. in … More January 1, 2019: New Year!
Merry Christmas from Shanghai!! My life has been crazy this month, which I will catch you all up on in the next week. But for now, here’s how I’m celebrating Christmas!!! I have about a thousand pictures to post, so scroll to the bottom for those! Note: they don’t celebrate Christmas in China, so many … More December 23: Christmas in Shanghai!
Here’s all of the new updates in my life! … More December 5: Major Updates
This week I want to talk a little bit about my job as a teacher! Before leaving, I got asked a lot of questions about what types of things I would teach, how I would know what to teach, if I would be able to communicate with my students, etc. I figured it was finally … More November 14: Teaching in China
I have been in China for close to three months now and obviously there’s a lot of things I haven’t done yet. One of those things was leaving Shanghai. I literally had never left the city, so I decided to change that. This past weekend (Wednesday and Thursday), I went to Hangzhou. (Get ready for … More November 9: Weekend in Hangzhou
I knew before coming to China that ‘American Chinese food’ was going to be different from what is actually eaten in China. During my first day or two, I learned that not only is it different, but it’s just a really inaccurate representation of Chinese food. (One thing to keep in mind when talking about … More November 1: Food