There have definitely been so many great moments and once in a lifetime experiences--but at the same time there have been many lows--the lowest of lows. Some days are polluted (literally) with frustration and loneliness. Other days are full of annoyances or a longing for things that are far away in (what seems like) a distant land.
With only 10 days left there are SO many things that I am looking forward to once I set foot on American soil--but at the same time there are so many things that I will miss about life in China. So the countdown begins. What I love about life in China:
The number one thing has to be my job and my students. This is the main reason I decided to come back to the school and city that I work in now.
My schedule is amazing, my curriculum is pretty flexible, I have good resources (good enough--buying paper for $4 every few weeks is nothing to complain about) and I work with an awesome group of people. And, even though I get paid less than I would in America, I can live comfortably save 80% of my paycheck--much more than if I was living in America.
While there is so much focus on testing there have been some really awesome community building events or projects over the last 2 years:
The National High School Debate League of China came to our school for a competition
The student in the center and right are my students--they won most outstanding speaker
Last month the "sister" school from Connecticut visited with a group of students, so they joined our debate club and got a cool cross-cultural experience
Doug teaching the students how to make homemade pasta
MUSE at the talent show
A cappella at the talent show
Girls in traditional clothing for a dance performance
Faculty v. Student bball game
Senior 2 dance performance
Charity fundraiser--A cappella
Projects and Fairs
My American Studies Class:
One day the projector didn't work--solution: play a running/tag game
Group work (my 42 student class)
Graduation for the Seniors this year...
Such an incredible group of students--they will all attend universities in the US, Canada or England
(3 are going to OSU! Go buckeyes)
With so much down time, we spend a lot of time in our office, so working with such an entertaining and dedicated staff keeps things interesting