Happy St. Patricj’s day from #china! Starting off well! One if the #students was asking a friend to translate what I was teaching them about the holiday. He calledme ‘Beauty Teacher’. 👸 MADE MY DAY! ❤ I obviously got some #goodluck somewhere today! 🍀
The Traditional Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance! Part of a show performed by students at the University for the “Welcoming Freshmen Candlelighting Ceremony” #ChinaTravel #LifeinChina #ChineseCulture
It is seriously unfair to other teachers that I got the best students in the world. 🙂 Remember I love each of you and I believe in you! You deserve the best this world has to offer, thank you for being so amazing!
Student who turned in assignment 1 week + late ~ “But Teacher, I explained everything, I think you must have forgot”
Teacher ~ Um. . . . I don’t think ‘I had a personal reason’ counts when I told you in three forms of communication (written, oral, and electronic) that we needed a note and more details and you ignored them all. Trust me, if ‘personal reason’ had been enough to get me out of English papers in college, I would have used it a whole lot more!
by Gary Chen
A small little guide for the average college student on saving while they travel.
Gary Chen’s new book, “A Cheap Ticket for Student Travel” is a great, yet short, read for college/low income students interested in traveling (especially traveling abroad). At only 23 pages (in PDF form), you can read through it pretty quickly, but it offers some great insights into how you can travel even on a college student’s budget.
He opens with a pretty strong argument for traveling while you’re young ~ time, energy, and lack of ties. This is something I wish a lot more students would keep in mind; by the time you have jobs, families, and other demands on your time and attention, traveling becomes less and less of a likelihood. Since traveling can significantly add to both your accomplishments and the broadening of your experience, taking that awesome trip now is a pretty good idea.
Most of his advice officially starts in Chapter two, where he begins with the important saving tool – Planning. This carries through the next two chapters during which he discusses how even little things like grouping nearby locations together can save money on costs. Chapter 5 is where he really gets into precise methods of saving as opposed to more general recommendations. He also has a really great form on pages 17-18 that helps you list out your expected expenses and likely total. I think filling this out is a great way of reminding yourself precisely how much this might cost you and what you need to save. Throughout the book, he offers some great means of saving and I like the main message he communicates — traveling doesn’t have to ruin you financially!
Writing style: Some of the writing could use some editing and there were a few choppy areas, but overall I found it to be a quick and easy read. A great addition to the ebook is the number of internal links Chen offers his readers–he frequently links to relevant and interesting articles relating to the subject of discussion. Particularly helpful are the links to discount sites and saving tools; I might even use a few of these!
If you are interested or thinking about traveling, I recommend checking his book out. You can find it on Smashwords as a FREE E-book (I like the free part, it matches his theme 🙂 )
Many of you know that I am a Liberty University graduate, and a proud one at that. After reading the articles and the comments coming out, I wanted to say a couple things.
TO THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS:
We like to quote Bible verses and pithy sayings at moments like these, but none of that really meets this kind of situation. Except one: “Jesus Wept.” After what happened today, our hearts are breaking for both of you. Liberty is supposed to be a safe place, a home where people are blessed indeed. Nothing like this is ever supposed to happen. There are no explanations we can offer, no excuses, no reasons. This incident is all the more horrific for that, and I have no idea how to even begin to express the strength of our sorrow for you. Just know that our thoughts and prayers go with you. I know this school; I know these students. They are good people, and they are thinking of and supporting you, even if you can’t see them. I know that they are all praying (many on their knees) for you and for your loss. As parts of the Liberty family, they are extended members of our personal families, and we grieve with you.
TO THE LIBERTY STUDENTS:
First, remember that this isn’t the time to take sides or to start spouting Continue reading