Another semester begins on Monday. While I’d love an extra week of vacation, I’m ready to start the new school year. It’ll be a shock to get to Jinan where the temperatures have been in the 90s. At home this summer they’ve been perfect, i.e. 75 – 80s.
My United credit card gives me tickets to their lounge. I will say it’s nice to relax in a quiet place with wifi, free beverages, snacks like fruit, cookies, cheese and crackers. What’s more there are comfy seats, free newspapers and clean bathrooms. Luckily, the club is adjacent to my gate. Before a 13+ hour flight a nice airport experience is savored.
I’ll have a few days to prepare for the new semester. It’s good to know what I’m walking into. Sure there will be new students, but I’ve worked with my two colleagues before and I’ve used this book before. I can anticipate the difficulties and side step them. I know there’s a 95% chance that the students won’t have their books for a couple weeks.
I am wondering about the new business teachers and the new Australian and British teachers. There’s a new British program with Worcester University and none of the University of Tasmania English teachers will be back (due to the questionable agency that runs that program. As I’ve said before, beware job ads from Yucui.)