Everything’s pretty much set. All I have left to do is: pack, say my goodbyes, and pick up my visa. Things are going so quickly! I can’t believe I only have about 4 weeks left before I’m sitting in my airbnb in Incheon. I’m unbelievably excited, but also a bit sad to leave behind my friends and family. (To battle those feelings these days, I’ve been growing rounder by the day meeting up with everyone one last time for a meal before I go.)
Over the past week, I was stressed over one thing — my final TEFL certificate. I finished my course in late-December, but it takes about 2 weeks for my TEFL provider to issue the certificate. I was told the deadline for all documentation to be handed in was Jan 15, but I didn’t actually receive my certificate in my e-mail until Jan 18. I WAS PHYSICALLY SICK AND COULDN’T SLEEP THINKING ABOUT HOW I’D MISSED THE DEADLINE. All is well though, my co-ordinator (poor guy, swamped with e-mails from all of us) assured me that everything’s good to go and that I should “see some good news soon”.. so vague, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!
In the meantime, here’s a non-extensive list of things that I’m currently worried about facing when I get over to Korea.
- garlic breath — i love garlic, korea loves garlic… how will i survive? i gotta brush my teeth every 2 minutes
- according to the many youtubers out there: the elderly apparently push you aside b/c of seniority??? IDK HOW I FEEL ABOUT THAT, but me being me would just let them do their thing lol
- fruits and avocados cost an arm and a leg — i am prepared to spend my life savings
- being alone — but i mean, it’s inevitable and partially why i’m going in the first place
- loving it so much that i don’t want to leave
There are more things that I currently can’t remember off the top of my head, but I think I’ve already conditioned myself well enough to just be gracious and welcome whatever comes my way. I’m excited for what the rest of this year holds for me!