What a small world

Much more impressive than any connection to a sports team or Heinz or outsourced steel mill jobs, an educational bond exists between our hometown of Pittsburgh and our new home in China.


Choosing my challenge

I loved my job. I did. I loved my students and my colleagues and where I worked. But when I realized that I needed additional, varied teaching experience to move up in my field, I began applying for jobs abroad. It took a deep examination of my ambitions and my life’s trajectory to truly make leaving my job, and my home country, an option.


My new workplace (and where Andy will get his master’s degree) is Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, a.k.a. XJTLU. (In Chinese, it’s 西安利物浦大学.) The university isn’t that old, but the two schools who comprise this joint venture sure are: the University of Liverpool was established in 1903 in England, and Xi’an Jiaotong University was established in 1896. Here’s… Continue reading XJTLU

Why is this a “snowflake story”?

It’s a more unique story than any in my life so far (and that’s saying something!). I’m moving to Suzhou, China (Jiangsu Province) next month to join Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) as an English professor. This blog will contain stories, photos, and details about my grand adventure. I’ll be the primary author, but from time to… Continue reading Why is this a “snowflake story”?