I Moved To Korea
So, I did something.
A few months ago I decided to apply to a scholarship that would lead me to take a job in South Korea. Do I regret that decision making? Nope, not at all.
I applied in early November, got accepted in December and moved in February. I have been living in South Korea since then. It's been such a blur and feels as if everything is going by so quickly. I'm scared that it's moving to fast and that I am not enjoying my time to the fullest.
The application aspect of the program was simple at first until I had to get all of my paper work together.The application process took me a whole month to figure out and do. With getting through the interview process and paperwork for the first step of applying, to getting accepted and getting my passport updated and visa in store, it was a whole journey. A very stressful journey. Let me tell you, I was also working full time as a designer and part time as a server. My hands were full. But, hey I did it! I was able to get everything that I needed done in time.
Packing wasn't all that bad until I realized that I had a few days to get everything together before I boarded the plane for Korea. Each bag that I had to take with me had to weigh no more then 50lb. If they exceeded the weight I would have had to pay $200 each bag. So, I fit all of my essentials and closet into 2 big sized 50lb. suitcases. It was a tad bit stressful, given the fact that I had 3 days to pack everything.
I got my visa 5 days before I left. I had booked the plane the day I got my visa and packed the following 4 days. Before I knew it, I was on my way at 4:30 in the morning to the airport. I was so scared and nervous. The thought of failing and not knowing what to do was constantly on my mind. I was sad that I wouldn't be able to see my friends or hug my family members for a whole year. I got to the airport and then thats when I started to panic on the inside. This was a bad idea, I'm not cut out for this kind of thing, I shouldn't be teaching kids English when I can barely speak it myself. Those thoughts kept running through my head. It wasn't until I was saying goodbye to my parents that I felt a little bit calmer. "We're proud of you, stay warm, enjoy your life." My dad said to me. With those words I bid my family and best friend farewell.
And I was off to Korea.
So apparently I have a knack for getting lost wherever I go. I was lost at the airport for a good 3 hours before finding another person in my program who was also lost. Since then we've stuck to each other like glue. She and I eventually found our heading and got to our destination without any other problems.
Orientation lasted for over 2 weeks. It was a packed schedule filled with class and things to do. Our day started at 7 and lasted till 6 in the evenings. After dinner we had an hour of Korean language class. After our evening language class we left to explore the city. Seoul is a beautiful city.
After Orientation which was about 3 week long we were then shipped to our new places (our apartments) and waited for our fist day of teaching. Because of the corona virus our schools were delayed. So in the time being I am keeping myself busy with hiking and exploring South Korea.
My time here has been an amazing experience. So many things have happened in the span of a month. My Korean is slowly improving, I visited rode a bus from one province to another by myself, I made my own name stamp, I tried so many new foods, got lost a couple of times, hiked 4 different mountains and traveled my province with my friend. It's been a while since I've been this happy. Am I regretting my rash decision of coming out here on my own? Absolutely not. Im having the best time of my life. Here's to many more!