Week 3-4


I have spent most of my time preparing teaching and reading materials for week 3. For week 4, I completed compulsory training on information security, while continuing to revise my research protocol. I have had the same routine of work and the same food everyday for the last two weeks: instant ramen with kale and peas.

On the 26th, I met all of my colleagues in my faculty at a seminar and got an individual workspace on campus. The biggest news of this week was that Luca got a job. It seems that almost everything has begun to settle down for both of us!


Spring week 2

My classes in week 2 gave me a clearer understanding of the characteristics of each class. The Monday class has been very successful so far, because most of the members seem to enjoy talking with classmates using the target language. Wednesday’s class seems more serious in terms of the class activities. The students are very keen to study grammar and writing. These classes might go differently!


Luca finally got a job today! It was his first ever job interview. Congratulations to him, I am really happy to share this happy moment with him!

His 22-year life has been filled with non-stop academic work, he said. Since he did not have any internship experience in the past, the four-month period of job hunting since last September was a rough time for him. I was uneasy because I could not help him at all in terms of finding a job or working out what factors obstructed him getting to the interview stage.

However, he was patient enough to look for a job that suited his area of study and that is likely to take him to the next stage in his life. I was less patient than him and often exposed my anxieties.

He made today’s quick lunch as a mini celebration: parsnip soup, leftover pizza, and a glass of red wine. I learnt one thing: his job hunting turned out to be successful because he overcame a hard time. I tend to be hasty, so I need to have a more open mind about things that have yet to happen.