I hadn’t realized just how much time had gone by until I started receiving e-mails from family: “Where are you?!”
No worries, I’m right here. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about; I have way too much and I haven’t decided on the best way to present all of the information, honestly. But, here it goes.
I have just begun my fourth and final term at my school. I think I’ve known that it would be my last term, but then I made the quick-turn decision to leave before the term even ends. Long story short, new visa policies have somewhat complicated renewing visas to work in South Korea, so I’ve decided to bow out instead of renewing my visa, to only work 3 more weeks.
I see many advantages to this decision:
+ I get to come home early and see my loved ones !!
+ I have some down-time before commencing the real job search. I’ve been afraid of just settling with a job because of the timing, so I think this way I can really set my mind to what I want to do, after having this fantastic job.
+ Get to enjoy the sweet summer air of Ohio before the Fall.
While this has been a blessing to work with such amazing people (peers and students), I don’t think that I can endure living in South Korea for much longer. I can’t really say that I don’t know what happened between then and now: it’s just too exhausting to think about, let alone write. It’s just what I have always said: nothing feels REAL to me here. And maybe that has a lot to do with people.
I know that I will be sad to leave my classes and peers so early, but I’m more than excited about returning to U.S. soil. Some tell me that I shouldn’t be (oil, Clinton vs. Obama, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus), but nothing excites me more than just sitting on a back porch and regaling my friends and family with crazy stories that I couldn’t possibly have experienced in Cincinnati. What has sweetened the deal is the thought of having a guest from home- my friend Jason is visiting Seoul June 17th. My Korean knowledge and instincts will really be put to the test and I am thrilled.
I have seen friends come and go since I have been here, and my mind seems more at ease now that I have my priorities in more of an order (will they ever be in order??) I have a lot to do before I can leave, but it will be all worth it.
Of course there’s SO much more that I could write about, but I can’t. I’ll just promise not to let another month slip by without a post.
Hugs and High-fives.