After transitioning into my new environment, schedule, and culture, I fell in love with my position as a new college teacher in China. Before teaching at a university in China, I was in IT management. The daily commute to my company was not exactly an easy drive. I lived outside Atlanta, Georgia, on the southwest side. My office was on the northeast side of Atlanta. I would get up at 4:45 each work day and drive to work to beat the traffic. Sometimes, coming home, the drive was 2 hours, depending on the traffic. I worked for a wonderful company, with fantastic people, but some days this was challenging.
Once I became settled into my routine at the university, I discovered a new pace of life… and I liked it! My apartment was on campus, so I could walk to my classes. There were cafeterias on campus. I purchased a meal card, so I didn’t have to cook or do dishes. Also, I could easily walk to a grocery store outside the campus gate, and there were always food vendors outside the gate selling a delicious variety of inexpensive food. The campus also had an infirmary, so medical attention was a short walk away, should I ever have need of it.
The students kept things simple just like I did. When they did their laundry, they would just open the window and hang their clothes out to dry. They didn’t have a clothes washer in their rooms, but I had one in my apartment. I had a clothes drying rack and a clothes line on an enclosed balcony. I didn’t have to put mine outside like the students did, so my clothes drying may have been a little more convenient.
Here is a picture of one of the dorms on campus. Looks like it must have been clothes washing day! I must give the students credit, because I never saw them wearing dirty clothes, although I am sure some of the boys were tempted!