When I set off in August last year to teach English in China I really had no idea of where it might lead me. I was hoping that all would work out, I'd like the lifestyle and make this my career. Well all of those things have happened. I've had some amazing adventures as I've described in previous blogs, I'm LOVING the lifestyle despite the challenges of the language barrier...who ever thought how hard Chinese is to learn??? I'd learnt a few languages before at conversational level and figured it would be a breeze...how wrong was I...and as for reading the characters....don't even go there!!!!
I am definitely making this my career for as long as I can but NEVER in my wildest dreams would I have imagined where this could lead.....I have been working at the Nanjing Medical University this semester teaching both Nursing and English and thinking to myself...'how much better can this get?"
Well this week I found out......I have been conferred the title of Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing.
Not often I'm gobsmacked but I certainly was on Monday at the award ceremony!! I am the first foreign person to be awarded the title and (while some may think I'm just blowing my own trumpet!) I feel just so proud that I wanted to share the news with my fellow bloggers.
So for anyone out there wondering where TEFL/TESOL might lead you.......I guess my answer would be...you just never know and even in your wildest dreams probably cannot imagine......but the excitement, enjoyment and knowledge that you are making a difference gives you so much to be thankful for in this life.
Once I come down off cloud nine I'll update you all on life in Nanjing!!!!