Though I mentioned it previously on Facebook, I am happy to share those with those who hadn’t heard that I have accepted a position with Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai for next year. After a stressful week and a half of scrambling around, the contracts and all my other documents are winging their way to China via DHL, making my decisions that much more final.
The decision to go to China was not easy. There are plenty of wistful feelings for Georgia, conflicting desires to stay in California, a final letting-go of Peace Corps, combined with a wary eye on my friend Sallie Mae and feet that remain rather itchy. Financially and career-wise it seems like a good move.
I think it would be hard to find someone who knows less about China than I do, but I suppose I have a little time to get prepared. Once I got word that they wanted to interview me, my first stops were Google Maps and Wikipedia. Zhuhai? Where in the world is that?
My family knows that just last year I was saying that I could hardly ever imagine working in China. Obviously times have changed. Or rather I have changed.
Friends who have been to China reacted positively to the news. They assure me I am more likely to love it than not. The person I interviewed with said it is not difficult getting around with Mandarin. And my year in Georgia has made me rather unflappable about challenging language situations. I have faith in my ability to pick up what is necessary. A little Internet research made me more enthusiastic when I saw the beautiful shoreline of my future home. Not that I’ll live on the beach, but at least it’s nearby.
So it looks like in a few months time I’ll be following up my insipidly titled “A Year in Georgia” with an equally uninspired “A Year in China”. Guess I have a little time to come up with a better name than that. Or so I hope.
Have a look. Maybe someone will want to come visit me?