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Why I Live In China

Popularity 2Viewed 1153 times 2019-6-11 14:48 |Personal category:Education|System category:Life

If you read my blog often, you know that I came to China in 2011. My intention was to stay a year, experience the culture and return to my comfortable life in America. However, once I got here and realized the desperate need for quality English education, I felt that I could do something to change the fate of many Chinese children. 

Now, I've been here off and on for about 7 years total. It has been quite difficult to live here as a foreigner because, well, not everyone is so nice to foreigners. But, I'm more mature than the younger foreign teachers who come here and I am more experienced in adjusting to other cultures. Most foreign teachers last about 8 months and leave to go back to a more comfortable life in the USA. Too difficult for them here. My travels and long stays in more than 30 countries have taught me how to be patient, tolerant and pliable.

I've likely not been through anything worse than most Chinese people go through in living day to day life. However, I've experienced some rather harrowing things here. None of them have killed my passion and commitment to helping Chinese students achieve their dreams.

I sent one Chinese student to Harvard Medical School, another Chinese student to Johns Hopkins University, one to Princeton, one who was recently accepted to the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California (both top 20 world colleges), two others who were accepted into programs at Yale and several others to colleges and universities in Canada, Australia and the U.K. My last student who took the SAT college entrance exam is now tutoring others due to the fact that he almost got a perfect score (1580 out of 1600). The average score of my students who take the SAT is 1530.

I've experienced the same successes with students who take the TOEFL exam. I've not had a student who has studied with me for more than 5 years who scored below 110 (out of 120) on TOEFL.

My life in China, though certainly not easy, has been very fulfilling. I hope to carry on and help many more students. 

This is why I live in China today. People who know me back in America say, 'You must be crazy to live in China!' I just laugh and say, "Well, maybe I am, but, I'm fulfilling my dream of helping Chinese children fulfill theirs."

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Reply Report MichaelM 2019-6-13 16:59
Sorry. I don't have time to correct all of your grammar mistakes. There are too many. I have students that are getting nearly perfect scores on the SAT who deserve my attention.

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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