Teaching in Asia Vol. 3

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Seriously, Non-religiously

 

 

I’m not sure what week it is. I have been sending out applications to schools in Asia for a few, definitely more than a few weeks. Since my last blog, I have completed a 100 hour Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) course. It was comprehensive and hopefully, will give me a leg up in the hiring process. A lot of memories of sitting in public school came flooding back to me while I pored over notes about past and present tense conjugation. I also remembered classes I took in Journalism school that particularly annoyed me. All in all it is means to an end. I want to be a professional teacher and world traveler. Everything else is gravy in the rice. Rice is good, but rice with gravy is something else. I got my newly minted and renewed passport in the mail last week. So now I can check that off the list. I am waiting for a FBI background investigation that I submitted around the same time. Hopefully, I will get that back in the next week or so. Some say it takes as long as twelve weeks, but I’m thinking positively. Another thing that is in a holding pattern is my application to Graduate School at Arizona State University (for TESOL). I have all but one of three professionals that promised a letter of recommendation who has submitted them to the college. The deadline is Oct. 1, so I’m debating on whether to find a new pro and keep it moving or not. In the meantime, I am starting a physical training routine after years of inactivity. I want to be in good health when I finally get to Asia, after all. I, originally, thought Korea would be my first stop, but lately have given teaching in China serious consideration. I’m back in the mix. I like the anticipation of the unknown. I like the idea of preparing for the action, but knowing I will have to make adjustments and adapt. I’m only 35 years old and I do this well. Everything is coming together, despite my perceptions of inactivity. I will get everything done and will make this life change. It’s do or die. Not only is this a departure from my previous avenues of employment, it is a way to shock the system and not feel burned out by life. I’m doing this to become a better person and to become a better professional. I’ve always been a professional, but I feel I only coasted along. I’m all in with this career move. I want this more than I have any job. Ironically, it might not be ANYTHING like I imagine it. And I welcome that.

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