Inside Info: Things are looking up on all ends!

So I have known a Korean lady and her mother for about a year or so. They have a hair shop by my parents house and I went in there last week to buy a belt (they have really cute cheap belts). I was telling her about the timeline of documents and how I was worried about how long it may take to get my visa with going to Houston and all. Then she let me know that there is a Korean Embassy office in Dallas not too far from me. They do both visa’s and passports there. She even called them and made sure they could do it for Americans going to Korea. She gave me all the information and told me that sometimes they will do the visa that day and that it just really depends on how many people are in there. HOW EXCITING IS THAT!!?! 

My other good news is that I get to pick up my diploma on January 6th ^-^ 

My older sister said that she wanted to do something really nice for me as a graduation gift and she said that she is going to give me money. I don’t know how much we are talking, but my dad told her about the other test I am going to take in LA and everything else, so I am hoping it is at least $500 because then I don’t have to sell my car right away and I could get all of my stuff done without worrying about someone driving me. I would also be able to do all of the shopping which would allow me to completely pack. I’m going to be hopeful and keep my fingers and toes crossed. 

My living room is almost completely packed, and my bedroom still looks scary. Cleaned out the car adn just need to wipe down the inside panels. Things are getting more real as the new year creeps up. 

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The first email: I can relax a bit

I titled this the first email because I am waiting on another one. Today I was told by my coordinator that my package was received and processed. I was also informed that it will be about 2-3 weeks from this point before I hear back anything.

I’m super excited now, but I’m really hoping that it is closer to 2 weeks and that I can get the visa paperwork taken care of before my 20 hour certification in LA. If need be I could stay extra days in LA or take the test the following weekend in SF, but I’m hoping that won’t be the case. 

WoW, I’m just really excited and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my back. No the full weight isn’t gone, but it’s a great feeling. Can’t wait until it’s a decent time to be able to tell my parents. They have been so helpful and supportive along the way, I make sure to keep them in the loop. 

I still have to send in two documents though: My notorized and apostilled diploma and my transcript showing that my degree has been conferred. I was hoping to send that stuff in Korea to save money, but we will see what happens in the next few weeks. 

Well let’s all hope for another update soon….

The Waiting Game- Downside to the Process

So as you all know I applied to teach English in South Korea. This has been the most stressful and time consuming process I have ever had to go through and it’s still not over. I will do a video later about all the steps, but for now the waiting game continues. 

A big part of this is waiting. You wait for recommendation letters, then a reply about an interview, your Criminal Record check (which is the longest wait), your apostille of your CRC, your diploma apostille, and once all that gets to you then you have to send it to them. That’s where I am and it is supposed to be to them today or tomorrow. 

Sadly for me due to some hiccups along the way, I most likely will not be teaching in Seoul as I had hoped, but it will be okay. I will be happy as long as I am in Korea and teaching. I was told by my coordinator that most places are full, so I told her to place me wherever she can. I am honestly not a picky person. As long as I am in Korea I will be happy. 

I think this is the hardest part about it. You see everyone getting their placements (what city/Province they will be teaching) and you are sitting on the deck just waiting for your boat. There are many days I just want to cry because well, it’s tough not knowing where you are going to end up. It’s definitely a test of faith. I think if you can get through this process in one piece that you can do almost anything. 

So after my coordinator gets my documents I am not sure how long it will take to process from this point. I heard it can take anywhere from 2-5 weeks. I’m hoping that since I said I am flexible for wherever that I will know within a week, but that is some high hoping. I just really would like to know before Christmas, before I have to be out of my apartment (Dec 31st) or before I sell my car (which I am hoping to do by the first week of January). 

We were told that our visa paper work and contracts are to be sent out at the beginning of January. I am trying to go take a 20 hour in class teaching certification in LA the weekend of Jan 11-12. I was hoping to be leaving on the 13th, but if I don’t have my visa docs I may just wait until the following weekend to do the test in SF. It is much cheaper to fly straight from Cali to Korea, rather than from Texas. It would be faster as well. 

So as I wait I will be packing this apartment and trying not to go too crazy. I’m just praying and hoping that I still get a spot. No one is guaranteed a job until those contracts are signed and even then if you don’t show up for orientation you can be booted too because you have to sign a contract there as well. 

Deep breathing and exercise has definitely been helpful. I also spend about 2-3 hours a day studying Korean. 

My current goals and ones for the new year are to keep improving in Korean, to do well in the online MA in Teaching program that I will start in March,  and to reach my weight goal. 

Excited and nervous about things to come….

 

Hiatus

***I expect to be MIA from this weekend until an unknown time period. I will try to post some blogs, but I graduate college this Saturday and then I will be focusing on packing my apartment. I will also be trying to catch up on US TV shows as well as finishing some Korean dramas I was watching prior to the summer. My lease for my apartment is up December 31st and my parents are kind of rushing me for some strange reason. I am giving myself 2 weeks to finish packing and I think it is more than enough time. I actually expect to be done by Christmas Eve. I will of course update you all on my Korea stuff as soon as I know. ^^ *****

Don’t worry, I will still try to be on twitter @mymusicalseoul  and I will of course have to update my other blog Renderstory because there are some things that have got me excited and I just NEED to share. HAHAHA 

The last college final exam of my life….(unless I do a Master’s Program, which I am actually looking into one that’s completely online) is today. I’m in my school library studying. ❤ ❤  2:50am….hoping to leave by 4:30am to sleep. Luckily my exam isn’t until 1 pm ^_^