I am a 20-something who spent four years in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China 中国陕西西安市. I’m from New Jersey but live in North Dakota. I work as a copy editor.
How did I end up in Xi’an? Well, that story begins in my freshman year of college. I attended Goucher College 古彻学院, a private liberal arts school located on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland.
As a result of my study abroad requirement, and my thrist for travel, I signed up for a three week intensive abroad course entitled China: Past, Present, & the Future. During our three week journey through both historical, political, and economically significant cities, museums, places of interest, and countryside, China enthralled me.
I was captivated by Xi’an, boasting the best of both worlds: modern and ancient China. Our stay in Xi’an offered us the chance to interact with students from Xian International Studies University 西安外国语大学 where a Goucher alum taught. He and his students shared their experiences and that’s when I knew I would be returning upon graduating.
Three years later, I graduated with a dual degree in English and Communications & Media Studies. In my final year of university, I applied to teach with Xi’an International Studies University. Three months went by without a word from the other side of the world, and so I began applying for editorial jobs in the tri-state area.
With few prospects and a dismal outlook, there was a ray of sunshine just a week before commencement. I had received an email from the university offering me a teaching position for the next academic year!
The author pictured with her husband, ZJ. 笔者想象与她的丈夫，ZJ。
I taught Translation and Interpreting majors as well as Tourism students. My course repertoire included Oral English, Listening & Speaking, News Writing, New Media, Intercultural Communication, Academic Writing to undergrads and grad students.
There was a myriad of great experiences peppered with days of utter exhaustion, frustration, homesickness, cultural faux paas, and misunderstandings. The aforementioned could be said no matter where in the world you are.
In addition, I ended up in a whirlwind of an intercultural relationship/marriage. My husband and I have moved to the US. We celebrated our Chinese wedding ceremony on February 5, 2014. We married in the Chinese sense on September 25, 2013, and my husband proposed on June 8, 2013.
This blog focuses on flashbacks, memories, anecdotes, dialogues, and stories from Xi’an, transitioning to life in the US, language learning, travel, and the AMWF experience.