Living Abroad: Think Twice Before Quitting Your Job

In case you've been away and somehow didn't know, I upended my life in America to teach abroad in South Korea. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this move would be beneficial or detrimental to my goals. I did what I usually do when I'm mulling over a question: I researched...

International Travel: Americans Need To Get Out More (and 6 Reasons They Don’t)

In America, an avoidance (realized or not) of international travel is deep in our bones. I had never given it much thought, growing up. However, my own personal experience was the perfect example of this. As I grew up, I only ever went on one vacation with my family -- to Colorado when I was … Continue reading International Travel: Americans Need To Get Out More (and 6 Reasons They Don’t)

8 Things to Know About Korean Studio Apartments (or, Long Overdue Tour of My Hobbit Hole)

Back in August, I said I would upload a video tour of my apartment, and that never happened. Oops! I'm going to make up for that now. Even so, I'm using a video that I shot when I was giving my orientation buddies a tour. I think parts of it were funny and underline the … Continue reading 8 Things to Know About Korean Studio Apartments (or, Long Overdue Tour of My Hobbit Hole)

Homesick? Reflecting on Two Months Working Abroad

It seems a weird thought to say that I've lived in another country for almost three months now. For instance, it's not the same, clearly, as moving to another place in the United States like I did when I got my first teaching gig in Putnam County, IL. Many people start feeling homesick around this … Continue reading Homesick? Reflecting on Two Months Working Abroad

Moving to Sillim-dong and My First Day Teaching EFL in Korea

Where's time gone? My first week teaching EFL has flown by. You may be wondering how it went. I wanted to give here¬†a chance before saying anything. My hagwon's organization¬†placed me in Sillim, an interesting location on Line 2 of the subway system. This first week teaching EFL, I've realized there are a few pros … Continue reading Moving to Sillim-dong and My First Day Teaching EFL in Korea