I made a quick decision to not act like “business as usual” in my writing course. There’s no doubt my Chinese students were facing new challenges and abnormal historical events during COVID-19. Not only did they have to experience lockdown but they had to continue online classes as if the world wasn’t being ravaged by a newly discovered coronavirus. That’s why I decided to create the “Corona Chronicles” assignment.
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My first day was absolutely unforgiving. Like, pack my bags, fire up the taxi, I’m going back home–rough. Yeah.
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In my five years of teaching higher education, I’ve come to realize that college instructors have the best jobs. The idea that it’s the perfect job, however, is a myth. It’s not all cargo shorts and Birkenstocks. It can be quite stressful.
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I will admit it: I never thought I’d move to China. For whatever reason, China never enticed me the way other countries and cultures have, yet here I am. Suspense building. Excitement bubbling. Impatience ensuing.
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I come across a local 5k, and it’s in two weeks. I’ve somehow summoned energy to binge train–and I don’t mean just a couple miles each day– I mean train hard.
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