8/31/2007

Gambling with My Sanity...



So, um, welcome to my world! And no, I'm not in Seoul yet. I tell myself every week that THIS is the week I'll get a job, but each week passes and I'm still job-free. But that's okay. I know it's all a part of the process. Let me recap how I ended up in this predicament:

Back in January, I set out to get my TEFL Certification through Bloomfield College. I have a vicious travel addiction and teaching overseas for a bit seemed like a great way to travel and try out something new and fun. Everything started out lovely. GUARANTEED positions at schools through the Korean government! Blah blah...blah. I took the classes (online and every Saturday from 9-5pm), I got certified, and I thought I was good to goright? WRONG!!!!! In July, good ole Bloomfield informs me that I will be placed in RURAL Chungcheongbuk-do, the only landlocked province in all of South Korea. You couldn't even Google this place so imagine my shock and horror when my hopes of living and working in Seoul got dashed. Well, I decided not to just "go with the flow" as some of my fellow teachers did. No. This was MY dream and I'll be damned if anyone was going to steal it from me. So I've set out on my own to get placed in Seoul. So far, it's been frustrating at times, I won't lie. My sanity escapes me at times. Yes, I'm black. I'm black, black, blackkity black black!! And it ain't gonna change! Yes, this seems to make it slightly more challenging to get placed. However, I'm not unaccustomed to adversity. I don't run and cry when someone makes fun of me (although I used to...back in 6th grade). Above all, I'm a young woman who is determined to do this. I think this type of adventure will reinforce my goals in life and give me a different perspective. I look forward to making new friends and having awesome experiences. One of my favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt says that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Cheesy? Somewhat. True? Absolutely! And so, while this whole "process" leaves me feeling a little unwanted and a little bruised somedays...I'm still here. And I'm not giving up. :) Wish me luck!! - Joia