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Published: October 4th 2006
Enthusiastic, fun group of young ladies. Our two gentlemen class members were "busy" and not available for this photo.
My first term/semester at Taizhou Teachers College has simply flown by! It’s been an amazing experience and I have met some of the loveliest young people you could ever wish to meet. It is time to say “Good bye and catch you next year”. For my students, it’s just the end of the first chapter, so to speak, as they have yet to sit their term final exams for all other subjects. Some are also preparing for National English exams and other “self study” exams. I don’t know how they have the time (and space in their brains!) to do all of it!
However, in this highly competitive, demanding environment, they cannot afford to miss any opportunity to boost their qualifications in order to have that edge on the next person. Many have little or no life outside their study and classes. It’s the price they pay to give themselves what is seen as the best chance to get a “good job”. The sad thing is, even through all this effort there are no guarantees, not anywhere, but particularly not in a country of 1.4 billion souls. I don’t envy them one bit!
This blog is dedicated to these wonderful
Ryan & Tracy
Ryan (Han Meng) and Tracy (Han Wei), missing gents from 051. These charming guys were distinctive in that they ensured they sat right at the front of the class, not the rear, as a number of others chose to do in other classes.
young people and the time we have spent together. Best wishes for a challenging and fulfilling future, and may all your dreams come true! Keep in touch and don’t be strangers!
Besides the group photos I have chosen to feature a few of my young friends with a particular bias towards the boys. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, for the simple reason that a number of the boys were unavailable for the group photos and secondly, it is an opportunity to highlight some of them, as it must be really challenging at times to “be heard” in a class of 45-50 individuals. The odds are pretty overwhelming when there only two or three of you and over 40 girls!
Finally my students would like to extend a big "hello" to their former foreign teachers Graham and Dianne Goulding and Lana Malakunas. They want you to know they miss you and often think of you!
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