Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Adjusting To A New Life

So I’ve been in the small township of Shuili for about 4 months now. I’m finally getting the hang of things around here. Life has been different ever since I moved from NYC. There is a noticeable change of speed lifestyle and environment, it’s really taught me to slow down and appreciate the small things. In New York everyone is always in a rush but where my school is at in Nantou, I’ve noticed that people are more relaxed, something I haven’t yet experienced in any place that I’ve ever lived. Such as when I take my afternoon bike rides into town and marvel at the amazing scenery. I am surrounded by beautiful mountains and outstanding sunsets. I’ve learned to rely on a support system rather than on myself and that opening up about my struggles to others was ok for what I needed to continue moving forward. I can go to my coworkers whenever I am in need of something and can rest assured that they will be there for me. The English teachers from the other campus’ have also been so encouraging whenever I need someone to pray or simply just to talk to. I’ve had the greatest joy teaching the young students and being able to invest in them is incredible they probably teach me more how to be a better person than anything else. It’s incredible how quickly they pick up things, they’re little geniuses. By the end of the week I’m sad that they’re leaving. These kids show much love its insane I enjoy teaching them a lot. Overall its been a difficult transition for me, i’m hanging in there though and knowing I have a great support system with my coworkers and my family I feel like I can do anything. Receiving love from the students also encourages me to keep going. "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philipians 4:13 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Andres Pinilla is an eighteen year old young man who came all the way from New York City to teach English in Nantou, Taiwan. He enjoys exercising, trying new foods and playing sports. When its a teaching week he also enjoys playing soccer and basketball with the students. He grew up in a family of six kids which includes five sisters and one brother! He has enjoyed caring for animals ever since he was little and continues to do so in Shuilli ( his school town) by caring for two dogs named Jie Jie and Mei Mei. His favorite Taiwanese food has got to be dumplings, he says he eats them at least once every two weeks! He hopes to learn Chinese while being here and grow in many other areas in his life with the help of those around him. 

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