10 Advantages To Being A Laurier Grad Living In China
Hippie Baby, Josh Smyth
- Hearing about the WLUSU election scandal from the other side of the world.
- Not having to contribute financially to the new Hawk; therefore slightly happy about its return.
- When asked to think of a ‘chant’ to perform in front of a large audience of ESL teachers for a competition, I had a wealth of O-Week options to choose from and settled on “P-A-R-T-Y, party hardy woo-hoo Laurier!” (etc.) and subsequently won the competition.
- I can finally put all those Global Studies and Political Science classes to use…still trying to figure out how to do so, however.
- I can finally put all those Spanish courses to use…if only I was teaching in a country that spoke Spanish…
- Eating out now costs $2.00 at a local restaurant rather than $10 at the dining hall (and they throw in the tea and the MSG for free!)
- Paying half as much rent for a sweet apartment in downtown Shenzhen than I paid for a tiny room on Albert Street.
- Line ups are arguably more efficient if you are able to let go of Canadian etiquette and not worry about personal space (read: push your way to the front), and make Laurier line ups seem tame in comparison.
- My student wardrobe is still in full use—a nice pair of jeans are still considered ‘dressing up’ when working at a kindergarten.
- Public transportation takes you farther for less money—you can get to Hong Kong in the same amount of time it takes to get to Conestoga Mall!