I'm Sure

So I'm headed to DC in an hour...my flight leaves at 8:38AM from Dulles. I have a short layover in San Francisco which I'd be super excited about if I could leave the freakin airport. Anyway, this will be short. I'm sure I've overpacked. I'm sure my parents and best friend will be crying. I'm almost sure I will be too. I'm sure I will be stuck in a middle seat between 2 obnoxious people. I'm sure I will hate lugging those damn bags around. I'm sure I'll miss all my close friends. I'm sure I'll love my new ones. I'm sure I'll have the time of my life. I'm sure this year will fly. :) -Joia


The Waiting (for my visa) Game

So it would seem I'm not leaving for a few more weeks. The school wants me to get my teaching E-2 visa here in the States. Initially, they wanted me to come right away and they'd just send me on a good ole visa run to Japan. Who passes up a free trip to Japan?!?! However, I don't mind getting it here. It'll require an extra trip to DC and I'll have to crash with my best friend, Meeka, for a long weekend. And that means I have to cough up the $45 or whatever processing fee. But that's okay. This just means I get to spend more time with my parents (who can drive me up a wall!!), my friends, and "the boo". Yes, I did the completely retarded thing and got a boo before I'm leaving for a year. But oh well. Sometimes things just happen, people come into your life at inopportune moments, and you just roll with it. I'm always optimistic about these things so for now, I'm just riding the wave.

I've been trying to get a part time job since I'm hangin around for a little longer. It's kinda frustrating, but in all honesty, who the heck's gonna hire me for 3 weeks?! I even considered doing telemarketing...the money's good, quick, and doesn't require me to expose myself. I'm IN! So I dunno...I really should start gathering up all the crap I've gotta haul to Korea though. Apparently, my feet are so incredibly big (surprise) that I'll have to bring an entire suitcase for my shoes. Finding my size 9.5 is gonna be next to impossible. Lucky me. :) Well, I guess I'll end here. For once, nothing is really pestering me. But just give it some time....oh yeah, I hope folks wore black today for the young black men in Jena, LA. I know I did. We can move mountains. That's all for now.....J

OH YEAH...to all my friends who want to see me so bad before I leave, try hauling your behind to Richmond!!! I'm broke and can't afford to be running all over the country to visit you!! :P


The Job Gods Have Answered...

I finally landed a job in Korea!!! I had the opportunity to interview for a public school position in Seoul, which was what I thought I really wanted. However, when I think about the fact that I'm completely new to the teaching field, I turned it down. I didn't think classes with 50 kids would really suit my personality. I have enough anxiety!! I'll be working in Bucheon, a suburb of Seoul. I'm told it's about 30 mins by express subway from downtown Seoul so I'm happy. I think I'll enjoy it very much. The school only has 5 teachers, including myself. I'd be the only English teacher and classes have an average of 6 students -- much more manageable! I'll be leaving within a couple of weeks. The current English teacher there is leaving shortly, but he's been helping me prepare for the transition. I'm so thankful for that. It seems like I've stumbled upon something really good. He even said that I'll have a pretty sweet apartment!! Anyway, I feel glad that I waited and held out for what I really wanted. There's no such thing as a perfect contract, but you can be somewhat picky. Don't get discouraged because there are so many jobs out there. You're bound to find one that fits you :)

Anyway, another tip -- it's expensive sending stuff to Korea! LOL. I paid an exorbitant amount just sending my diploma. Just be prepared for some of the expenditures you'll have leading up to your actual arrival. I'm currently bumming money off of my Mom and running up a nice tab on my credit cards so be careful! I'll be packing for the next couple weeks...can't wait to get on the plane!!!