It feels increasingly harder to have a weekend where I am mostly free to do whatever I want—and that includes homework at this point.
I met my Chinese tutor for lunch today at the dining hall. We had just been assigned to each other, after my Chinese professor told me more students were asking for tutors outside of classes. Since I’m already in a private Chinese class, I hadn’t given much thought to having a tutor, but I realized how having someone to talk to mostly in Chinese in casual settings will actually be very helpful. I decided to focus more on speaking with my tutor, rather than homework, reading, writing, etc. Although our conversations are pretty rough right now, I’m optimistic on improving.
It’s interesting, though, because I have had plenty of opportunities to practice speaking in casual settings with others, but I never really took advantage of them due to fear and insecurity.
Anyway, after lunch, I spent the rest of the day with my Shanghai history professor and the one other new student in our class touring Laoximen (what remains of the city wall) and the Shanghai Urban History and Development Museum underneath the Oriental Pearl Tower. One of the most interesting aspects of the museum is the scarily realistic wax sculptures.