This week. Wow.

It’s difficult to write about this week.

It was my last week in the classroom teaching at the University of South China.

2 years – 4 semesters – 16 classes – more than 400 students.

It was joyful, it was bittersweet, it was a perfect ending to my time here.

We had an English talent show, where the students performed songs or dramas or movie dubs.



I prepared a video for them with some memories from our class time and some advice for them. You can also see the video on my Weibo (Chinese twitter):







I played a song on the ukulele for some classes.

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We also took pictures (so many pictures!!!) Of course with filters on them, because Chinese students love being little cats and rabbits.

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Michelle, class 4









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Some of my students wrote me notes, gave me gifts, and made me personal videos and basically tugged my heart into a billion pieces with their thoughtfulness.

One of my students Rita noticed I always wear a hair clip and bought me cute little clips. “You can wear them everyday and remember me and your students and how much we love you.” *crying in corner to myself*

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My student Shena made a puzzle for me from our photo









This is from awhile ago, but my students made me this video for my birthday.



A lot of my students also wanted to meet with my outside of class. I went to lunch and to see Wonder Woman with a group of my English major boys.
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Clees, Terence, and Henry
A group of girls from Translation Class 3 wanted to go to dinner with me and Lauren.
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Ruby, Rita, Shena, Elaine, Ski

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I’m excited for my next step in China, and though it takes me far from these people, I feel thankful. I’m thankful for the two years I spent in Hengyang. I’m thankful to have such wonderful friends and students to miss. I’m thankful that this is not goodbye for long, just a see you later.

I’m not who I was before I came to Hengyang, China and I’m forever grateful for these bright and beautiful people who welcomed me here and made this place like home for me.