I’ve lived in China for over 11 months and in less than 1 month, I’ll be leaving. It’s weird to think that I’ve been outside of the “West” for 1 full year. So much has changed in that time. I’m so excited to come back, but I have so much anxiety about what my return … More July 30: Returning Home Anxiety
29 days left in China. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. But actually, I’m quickly coming up on the end of my year in China. It’s time to start preparing to go home. In my last post, I wrote about all of the things that I need to do before leaving China, and I’ve finally started … More July 24: The Countdown is On!
In case you missed my last post, I’ve officially decided to leave China at the end of my teaching contract. I’ve received a lot of questions about what leaving means and why I had to decide so early. Due to the visa process and the replacement process, my company requires us to decide between our … More July 2: The Leaving Process
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