Tuesday, February 28, 2006

it's now official -- curricula -- mental atrophy no more

Things are coming together very quickly.

U----- in Chengdu has officially offered me a position as an English instructor and I have, of course, accepted. I will begin teaching there in the summer as part of a special program, then teach regular courses for the fall and spring semesters. However, as I mentioned before, I'm going to try to leave as early as April. A friend of mine--Brandon--lives in Chengdu and I can stay with him until June, finding part-time tutoring work to make sure I have some source of income, and just generally getting acclimated to the culture and city. After that I will probably visit other countries in Asia -- possibly either Mongolia or Kazakhstan (where I can visit another friend of mine in August) -- then I will return to teach the summer program at U----.

Once I start my regular teaching in the fall I will teach postgraduate courses called "Composition and Conversation." The curriculum will apparently be open-ended, meanign that I'll be able to focus more heavily on reading and writing--my preferred subjects for teaching.

It's been a long time since anything has happened to me that implied forward progress of any sort. I've been in a dull waiting period for about two years and this job offer has made me excited about my future in a way that I haven't been in years. When you're sucked into a job like mine at the library you forced to focus so much on making it bearable that you do not concentrate on getting yourself out of it. Not that the job itself--the activities and the people--was necessarily bad; rather, it was the situation, the complete stangnation, the absence of any feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. In certain ways it seems unreal that my daily life will finally stopped being defined by this shitty neighborhood and this mind-numbing job--and I must say, it's really a testament to the quality of my friends that it will be at all difficult to leave this place behind.


Blogger Elfred said...

Wholesome... I'm looking for opportunities in China too!

If you do care offering the white knighty assistance, please drop me a note at my blog.

I ain't wanna get stuck too long in Singapore.

Hey, all the best to you in China! Great knowing you. Me too. I love traveling. One day, I'd like to visit Xinjiang as well!

Stay in contact!

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