My life this semester

Since I got back from the wedding my life has been crazy! I argued with the International Student Office and theChinese Class office for 2 weeks. Finally, after some deliberation they came to the conclusion that we could have 20% off because we are already students and even though our 89,000RMB a year tuition is paid for, it goes to the School of Economics not for Chinese classes. So anyway I’ve been going to Chinese class every day for 2 months.

I have also been trying to attend events or lectures about business because to graduate I need to attend 5 and write 500 words on each lecture. I also, teach some English on the side to have money to pay for my apartment since I don’t have a roommate anymore. I have two English jobs at the moment.

I also got a big girl job doing international marketing with a company that does smart lighting. I really enjoy it. I do a lot of proof reading and correcting in English but I’m also involved in budget planning and looking for lighting exhibitions internationally. I may even go to one or two! And on top of that, I have to write my Master’s thesis that has to be 70 pages. My Chinese advisor and I don’t see eye to eye. He wants to talk politics in China and is crazy with a capitol C-R-A-Z-Y! Everyone knows that China is not the place to talk politics.

So my plate has been overflowing lately with every thing. I haven’t been writing on my blog because of it. I finally have a little time so I’m writing and getting everyone up to date. I am quitting one of my English jobs or only doing it when they need someone to cover. And then next semester I won’t be doing the other one and unfortunately I won’t be attending Chinese class. I have to get a private tutor and practice with people at work and as much as I can because I just don’t have the time and I want to keep my big girl job. So if I don’t have my English jobs or Chinese class I can work in the morning and have the afternoon for my thesis. I’m thinking of applying to just study Chinese next year as a backup. I may stay at my job full-time if I continue to like it and they pay me well. Or I could really work on my Chinese. Either way, I could be in Chongqing another year or so after I graduate. We shall see what the future brings.

~ Alexis

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