Today I had to show new students around the campus. Thankfully I was able to get out of this last year, but no luck this year. After looking at the list of sites on the tour, I had to ask a few people around me about some of the places. For the most part, it was pretty uneventful. About three of the eight or so students in my group really took an interest. The rest seemed to just be going along because they were too worried about getting into trouble for sneaking away. To be honest, I'm not even sure that they all made it to the end.
Keeping in mind the level of English and the relevance of what was on the list, I did my best to keep it interesting. One of the spots on the tour was the giant sundial in the middle of campus. While this is a point of pride for HCT, I doubt that many of the students pay it any attention. The best I could come up with was, "Here is a sundial. You can smoke here." I had an informal race with a co-worker of mine to see who could get through the tour faster. I think she halved my time.