I Guess I’m Not As Cool As I Thought I Was

读万卷书不如行万里路 “Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles.” -Chinese proverb It has been an interesting few days, but I have safely arrived in Ningbo… kind of. Not to skip the last month of traveling and orientation, but I figured it would be better to talk about my first impressions NOW […]

Glorified English Babysitting

Glorified English Babysitting

Once back from Tianjin, I met up with Will to visit his English school. While teaching English in Xi’an was a giant failure, Will’s school was looking for a morning teacher and I had nothing to do in the mornings while Mark was at work and Will was in class. I met up with Will […]

Awkward China Moments

Awkward China Moments

A list of awkward moments I have only ever encountered in China: Your boss tells you to eat more, when you already have food in your mouth You walk down the street and everyone is staring at you, and your first thought is “Is my skirt tucked into my underwear or something??!”and then you realize […]

Ningbo Here I Come!

Ningbo Here I Come!

I FINALLY found out where I will be living next year: Ningbo, Zhejiang! While not on my original list, the more I learn about Ningbo, the more excited I am to live there next year. I’ll be working at Wuxiang Middle School, right on the outskirts of downtown. Ningbo is a medium to small sized […]

T- 14 Days

With two weeks to go, I figured I’d fill you all in on my painstaking process of trying to prepare for a move to China. A few weeks ago in my post Graduation: Becoming a “Real Person”, I mentioned that I may have to go to Hong Kong to get a work visa. Well a lot […]

Graduation: Becoming a “Real Person”

Graduation: Becoming a “Real Person”

I’m officially a college graduate!! I finally finished my thesis (the day before it was due- a major accomplishment on my part). However, I wasn’t quite done after my thesis; as soon as I clicked submit I spent the next five hours taking my TEFL class (teaching English as a foreign language), which is required for me […]

A Visit to Nanjing

A Visit to Nanjing

As all of you know, I listed Nanjing as my first choice for next year. Today I found a post on Ameson Year in China’s blog (apparently they have a blog?) about Nanjing! One of the employees at AYC took a trip to Nanjing while studying abroad and wrote a post about the city! Feel […]

I’m Officially 100% Moving Back to China!

I’m Officially 100% Moving Back to China!

As many of you may know, about a month ago I received a job offer with Ameson Year in China! I’ve been extremely busy trying to get all of the materials together: background checks, health clearances, and signed agreements etc, while simultaneously researching what city I want to live in next year. After much deliberation, […]