If a few months ago you told me I’d be moving halfway across the world to become a teacher, I’d have thought you were a con-artist pretending to be a fortuneteller. This could be because I’d been watching the K-drama, Madame Antoine, on Netflix, but that’s neither here nor there. Now, however, I’m sitting in my childhood home, down the Jersey Shore, thinking about how in just four days I’ll be moving to South Korea.
If any of you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll notice past posts have disappeared. They’re not gone, simply made private for my own personal archive. The journey I’ve made in my own personal life over the past year has been so important to me, but when I look at it, it feels like a precursor to what this blog was always meant to be, a story of exploring identity while exploring the world for the first time.
I’m finally setting off. In a matter of days I’ll be halfway across the world, away from everything I’ve ever known. I’ll be teaching literature and history to elementary and middle school aged students at a hagwon or a private academy in Bundang. I have a whole lot of feelings about the whole thing. Lots of anxiety and excitement and nostalgia while spending time in my childhood home, looking at the surroundings I’ll be leaving a few short days. Most of all, I’m ready to start my new life! I’m ready to try new (gluten-free) foods, see new sights, become accustomed with a new culture! It’s going to be awesome and scary and enthralling and frustrating and everything in between.
I can’t wait!
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