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Several young alumni, continuing nearly two decades of Skidmore tradition, are spending a year in China, teaching English to Chinese college and university students. This autumn fourteen alumni from the class of ’08 began their assignments at five schools around China, and they’re chronicling their experiences in a group blog for all interested readers.
Among their early comments: Nick Collins-Feay, at Xintan College in Qufu, reports his students’ reactions to Sneakers, the first film in his course on the movies; Eliza Rosier, of Qufu Normal University, was making a trip to an international beer festival in Qingdao and then gearing up for seven consecutive days of teaching; Carrie von Glahn, at Sun Yat-sen University in the southern city of Guangzhou, was struck by the intense heat but also by the beauty of the campus setting “full of lakes, trees, and mountains”; Olivia Janczyk, at Xintan College, recounts her first meeting with the ninety-four students enrolled in her class on Western culture; and Rachel Schulman, also at Xintan, describes the pleasure of a two-hour massage and the challenge of persuading reticent Chinese students to talk about themselves.
To follow along with their adventures, click here.