Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Meeting Simon & Martina at the First Eat Your Kimchi Pop-Up Store Event

So Eat Your Kimchi is a Korean Pop, Food, and Life/Culture blog/vlog made by a fantastic Canadian couple who came to South Korea around five years ago (as of 2013) to teach with GEPIK.  They began blogging/vlogging to show their families what they were up to and now they're famous around the world for their exploration of life in Korea.  I recommend checking out their website and watching a few videos (be warned: some most probably all of them are weird).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

House Hunters: The Korean Apartment Edition

Since it's practically Christmas, here's a few shots of what I've been living in.

The Hobbit, Beef Stew, Coffee & the Robin Hood of South Korea

This past weekend, Elizabeth was invited out by a math teacher at one of her schools to meet his family and go for a walk around Gyeongpo.  She came to Gangneung for an English Symposium on Friday (which I was scheduled to attend, but because there were so many people, the supervisor said we didn't have to go), and we met up afterwards for dinner and a movie.  Ooh~ it sounds nice when I say it that way.

It's Daejeon! - The "Little Seoul" of South Korea

A few weeks ago I went to Daejeon.  Daejeon is the fifth largest city in South Korea and is located in the center of the country, so it serves as a crossroads for buses, Korail, etc. Daejeon is the "Silicon Valley" of South Korea and it showed in the neon signs at the massive mall/bus station (one of several) that I arrived at on Friday night, and in the LED computer screens outside at each bus stop showing the approximate location and arrival time of the city buses.  Daejeon even has its own subway system, which I think contributed to Daejeon's nickname, "Little Seoul".

Gangneung Presbyterian Church

Some time ago, after mentioning to Eun Shin that I was Christian, another teacher at the school asked me, through Eun Shin, if I would like to attend church with them.  (I'm not sure if she had planned on inviting me before, though I suspect that is the case, or if Eun Shin mentioned I was Christian to her, or what... it just happened and that's great.)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Seoul Lantern Festival


After wandering around Seoul after my GRE, Jeanie and I grabbed dinner at an Italian place (honey gorgonzola pizza, spicy chicken pasta, and not-sugar-coated garlic bread), acquired some Mint Choco coffees from Ediya (delicious!), and then proceeded to wait in the twisting line for the Seoul Lantern Festival for... 30 minutes?  40 minutes?  As it was the last day, the event was teeming with people so we got to enjoy being sardines (I feel this is typical in Seoul given my subway ride earlier).

A Test, An Admiral Yi Sun Shin, A King Se Jong, and A Palace

I took the GRE in Seoul.  And then I was a tourist.

I woke up at 6:30AM, took the subway to Gangnam and then using a bunch of maps I saved on my phone (thank you PrtScr button), I found my way to the Jangwon Building that housed the hagwon (private academy) where my test was to take place.  Then I went to Angel-In-Us right in front of it and got an orange juice and ham egg ciabatta first before deciding to enter the test building (there may have also been a stop at a GS25 for a Snickers...).

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sweet, Beautiful, Hot Water At Last

So my friends and family know that I've basically had a hate-hate relationship with hot water in this apartment since I got here.  I was told my water heater was new/had been recently replaced.

LIES!

Or something.  I don't really care anymore.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seorak Mountain and the Osaek Hot Springs


And yet another trip with Adventure Korea (AK), this time to Seoraksan and the Osaek (Five Color) Hot Springs!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

School Festival & Sports Day

This is about a week late, but I'll post anyway for those who are interested and want to see what late October weather looks like in Gangneung.  Also, some other random thoughts at the end.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Olly Olly Oxen Free! aka LOCKSMITH! WHERE ARE YOU? I NEED YOU! aka My Friendly Neighbor

Well, I wasn't expecting my weekend to start with calling a locksmith to break into my house and then paying 110,000W for a new lock on my door, but it happened.

I'm sure this will be one of those things that I will look back on in a few years and laugh at so it deserves a post.

But right now, it's too raw  to laugh at.  Actually, nix that.  I'm already kind of laughing.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The DMZ

While this story begins with my first jimjilbang (Korean bath house) adventure, we'll leave rehashing that for another day.  For now I'll just say that the best thing to do within 24 hours of meeting someone in real life for the first time is to bathe naked with them and then visit emotion-laden war memorials.

Haemi Fortress Fall Festival & Apple Picking in Chungcheongnam-do

On October 12-13th, I went on my first tour with Adventure Korea to the 해미읍성 (Haemi Fortress) Fall Festival in Chungcheongnam-do which is a province south and west of Seoul.  I met some really awesome people on this trip, one of which is heading back to Missouri after teaching in a hagwon (private academy) in Seoul.  We had a really great time talking during the trip and I'm very thankful she was so friendly and willing to let me tag along with her and her friend during the trip.

(As a side note, most of the people I've met at and through Adventure Korea have been very nice.)

The Adventure Korea crew.

Hiking 명산 (Myeongsan) with the Gangneung Boys

I think my co-workers were initially surprised when I was excited to go on the hiking trip with the school.  That may be because the previous EPIK teachers might not have been (I don't actually know, but it is always a possibility) or because hiking these mountains is really hard and certainly takes some perseverance.

I got a cool red handkerchief that I tied around my neck.  I think it was very fetching with my white capris and navy blue t-shirt.  True Americano?  I also took on Eun Shin's backpack because she let me store my food in it and it looked really heavy, but I'm used to physical exertion and this just upped my calorie burn.

The day was perfect for hiking: clear and crisp, but warm in the sun.

Starting off!  Ahh!

The Gangneung Coffee Festival

Wednesday, October 9th was Hangeul Proclamation Day (according to my calendar) which basically meant I had a free day in the middle of the week to celebrate the creation/invention of the Korean alphabet by the illustrious King Sejong (who I'm quite fond of through portrayals in Korean dramas).

I know there were celebrations around the country, but I actually went and explored the Gangneung Coffee Festival with Elizabeth and her friend who came up on Tuesday night.

This has become a bigger festival in recent years and we had a good time exploring at the indoor sports stadium where it was held:

K-Pop Festival in Gangwon

I attended the K-Pop Festival in Gangwon 2013 about three weeks ago on September 23rd, so forgive any lapses of memory (not that you'll be able to tell).

It was a phenomenal experience and I literally had a, "Is this real life?" moment when I was there.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Five Things Being Abroad Has Taught Me (So Far)

Still not a picture update, but far more important.

Five Things Being Abroad Has Taught Me


1. God, family, and friends are more important than your time, your money, or any other conceivable thing.

2. You can never tell anyone that you love them too many times.

3. Some things in life matter.  Most things don’t.

4. The best advice is often the simplest.

5. Whenever you think, “I don’t know if I should be thankful that I’m so busy today or not,” just be thankful for the day instead.



I love you all and you know who you are.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Update Pending - I've Been Busy!

WOW!  It's been a while since I last posted.  I've been procrastinating a little on writing for several reasons:

1) I've done too many things recently and it will take forever to write!  In the past week and this upcoming week I have/I will: go to a K-Pop concert, go to the Coffee Festival, go on a hiking trip with my school, go to a co-teaching seminar, travel to Seoul and go on two different day-long tours, and also spend the night at the jimjilbang (Korean bath house) for the first time.  I really need to hit the bank and buy bus tickets for traveling.  I think I'm also going out with some of my Korean teacher friends to see a movie on Tuesday...

2) I'm a lazy slacker who doesn't want to transfer all the pictures from my phone to my computer (you won't get the whole experience if I don't).

3) Surprise!  I'm studying for the GRE and looking at grad school.  My past few days have been consumed with writing and responding to e-mails, researching schools, thinking about writing, trying to write, actually doing some writing, scheduling Skype interviews with faculty, beginning applications, and studying for the GRE.

4) Amid all of the above, I am attempting to exercise, try new cooking dishes, clean, read, shop, plan lessons, do devotions, and try not to let the homesickness get me down (being busy both helps and provides an endless source of frustration).

So, I have lots of cool pictures for you guys.  Wednesday is Hangul Day, celebrating the creation of Korea's  writing system by King Sejong, so if I'm lucky I'll have time to get some shots from the past week up.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Chuseok Week in Review - Part Two

Another not for the TL;DR-hearted.  Although I actually think I can communicate quite a bit of what I saw in pictures, so this may end up shorter than expected.  Either way, here is my adventure in Seoul over Chuseok (clomplete with enough pictures to cause Blogger to have saving errors multiple times).

Chuseok Week In Review - Part One

This post is not for the TL;DR-hearted.  I decided to combine several posts that I could have/should have written into one long post.  You have been warned.  Feel free to skip ahead to Wednesday-Friday (which I had to move to the next post) if you're more interested in my trip out to Seoul!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Mini-Adventure

After spending the morning chatting with my roommate and puttering around home, I ventured out into the real world again.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

All I Think About is Food

Seriously.  It’s the truth.  I’m looking at the “major” things I did so far this week outside of school and it’s basically been: buy food, make food, eat food.  Riveting I know.  And there really isn’t anything too exotic because I try the seafood: get sick; I try the spicy food: get sick; I try to fried food: get sick… you get the picture.  But look at my food adventures anyways!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Gyeongpo

Today I went to the Gyeongpo and visited the pavilion (Gyeongpodae) and the beach (Gyeongpohaebyeon).  I flagged down my first taxi ever (wow, totally showing my suburban roots) and took it to the beach.  I actually wanted to go to the pavilion itself, but I think 1) the taxi drivers are used to foreigners asking for the beach so they just go there, and 2) I think he may have asked if the beach was fine and I may have said yes.  I really need to work on my listening comprehension (and just Korean in general).  

Friday, September 6, 2013

ARC and CRAyon Pop

My ARC (Alien Registration Card) arrived today at my school.  Actually, it apparently arrived yesterday, but they messed something up so the immigration office sent out a new one.  I had to pay 3500W, but that is a small price to pay to now have this very important piece of identification with me.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Hot Shower... Woo!

Turned on my heating system right when I got home today around 5PM and just had my first hot shower at my apartment after almost two full weeks of just sucking it up and enduring the cold.  The water was actually only hot (and very much piping-hot) for about 5 minutes, but I am so happy.  These things make you realize how lucky you are: there are people all over the world that don't have potable water, let alone cold, running water.  Appreciate.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

That Famous Story: “Everybody Poops” (And Hopefully Showers Too)

First off, let me excuse the bad picture quality for some of these pictures: public bathrooms just don’t have the greatest lighting here and these pictures were taken with my iPod which I just happened to have on me; so, sorry, no professional bathroom photos.  But there are still photos.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Welcome Dinner

Yesterday marked my official introduction to the school.  By 9AM, the start of first period, all of the students had gathered on the playing fields outside of the school.  The teachers stood on broad wooden stairs that lined the hill leading down to the fields while the students stood in rows (it appeared they were sorted by class) facing a pavilion/stage that jutted out of the side of the hill.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

My First Korean Pizza a.k.a. I Ordered Food!

Today Rudy and I went to grab lunch in downtown Gangneung. I just have to post because I ordered two things on my own; it's a milestone I swear.  Provided, I'm pretty sure I mangled the pronunciation and grammar, but thank you to all the service people who re-pronounced it and made helpful gestures about receipts and sizes.  You will probably never read this blog, but thank you for not laughing at me and understanding that I'm trying.

Friday, August 30, 2013

So Much

So much has happened since arriving in Gangneung on Monday (was it really Monday?)  This week has felt so infinitely long. Future EPIKers, be prepared: it takes time to settle in and if you're an introvert like me, be prepared to feel absolutely exhausted and ready to recharge come weekend time even though you know you should probably be out exploring.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reaching Gangwon-do

I woke up at 5:30AM on Monday and prepared for the day, heading downstairs with my stuff to charge up my electronics one last time, respond to pending messages, and post about my possible/likely absence from the internet for a while.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gangeung Middle School, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

And my placement is Gangeung Middle School!

Gangneung is the third largest city in Gangwon-do and is located right in the middle of the East coast.  It is apparently a great city to live in (population approximately 230,000 people) and is connected to other major Korean cities by both bus and train.

I will try to write more about the contract-signing process, but I need to work on my introduction lesson right now.  I'm all packed for tomorrow already and the farewell performance and buffet dinner is done.  It is a sad, but exciting farewell.  Well, the bus loads up at 7:30AM so time to work.


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Friday, August 23, 2013

"We Are Like One Family"

Today was our last Korean Survival Advanced Class.  Heesu gave a presentation on the Busan dialect which is one that many Seoul-ites have difficulty understanding (so much so that a famous movie, 부산 사터리 or ‘Busan Satori’, required subtitles for the lines spoken in a Busan dialect).  Shirley, a native Seoul-ite, provided a contrast.  The differences in the dialects we’re astounding and even hilarious at times.  It was a great presentation!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hana, dul, set… Foreigner!

If you travel to Korea as a foreigner (read: if you’re not Korean) or as a group of foreigners, prepare to be stared at and have your picture taken… blatantly.

Korea is a very direct society to start with (not impolite! Just direct!), but there is something weird about strange people you don’t know taking pictures or videos of you with their phones, iPads/tablets, and cameras.  If I had 10,000₩ for every Korean person that took our picture today, I could buy myself a royal feast.  Seriously.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

우리말

우리말 is a way of saying ‘Korean language’.  The interesting part is if you break this word down 우리 means ‘our’ and means ‘words’ or ‘speaking’, so it literally translates into ‘our words’.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adjusting - Day Two

Still super exhausted (the jet lag has not yet left), but I'm determined to write a little bit here so I can (potentially) add to it later.

My day in a nutshell:

Monday, August 19, 2013

My First Day in Korea

So I said I’d write some more after a rest and I have some pictures and videos to share.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hey Seoul Sister!

It's Sunday night here in Seoul and I made it. After about 14 hours on the plane (13 hours and 14 minutes in flight), I made it safely through immigration, baggage pick-up, customs (honey intact), currency exchange, and finally registration with EPIK.  From there I hopped on the bus with a group of girls and we rode for about two hours away from the Seoul-Incheon Airport to Daejin University where we will be having orientation.  The ride reminded me a lot of the Pennsylvania turnpike minus all the Korean.  I'll add pictures, more details, and some video (potentially) later on but right now I'm very tired (I only slept about 1 hour in 30 minutes increments) and kind of sad and scared.  A whole year, but I think I might feel a little better in the morning (or alternatively far more terrified).

Friday, August 16, 2013

Checked In! T-Minus 19h 45'

I will be four hours into my flight at this time tomorrow!  I just checked in online with Delta a little bit ago.  I also got the Delta App on my tablet so I can go paperless... but I'm such an over-planner that I have three copies of my boarding pass printed out anyway.  My bags are all ready, my clothes are laid out, and my documents all gathered.  I just have to charge my electronics and gather my final toiletries.  I randomly stuck a tank-top into my winter coat pocket too so now I have another shirt that I'm taking...

"Close the Happy": The Packing Edition

In 24.5 hours I will be on a plane to South Korea for a year, so now is probably a good time to write about what I packed and how I packed it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Random Second-Hand Information/Advice Forthcoming

So I've realized through the questions that others have asked, as well as through my own curiosity, that there is a lot of information and advice that a soon-to-be traveler to South Korea may want to know.  I thought about posting all of this information in a single blog post, but I think a page may be a better vessel because I can continually add to it and it's obviously available (i.e., not lost in the catacombs of archived posts).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sinking In

What I am about to do is actually (finally) sinking in.  I had my first Korea-related dream yesterday (which basically consisted of me searching for tissues in my purse while I was in Korea - very inane, I know) and I actually woke up excited this morning.

I got this.

I totally got this.

Now if only I had more time to cram as much Korean into my head before I leave so I don't die, but alas, so many other loose ends to tie up here and so many other items to pack and prepare.

Less than 10 days until I'm on a plane...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Only the End of the Beginning

Last summer I thought I had experienced the best summer of my life serving as a counselor for HSHSP and working on chemical education research.

I was wrong.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Visa In Hand!

It is official: I have my visa and all appears to be correct!  Everything that I sent along that was not on the Consulate checklist was returned to me.  My original NOA and passport (obviously) were returned.

Can't believe it's only three weeks away...  I need to start packing, but there's still one more week of my camp counseling position left.  Interestingly, a camp of middle school-aged Korean students moved into the dorm I am staying in.  I don't see them much except at breakfast.  I hope they're having a good time here!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

An Exception in the Sorting Process Has Occurred

No!  No!  An exception in the sorting process has not occurred! 

So apparently UPS was awesome and picked up my visa and passport to return to me from the Korean Consulate General yesterday (supposed to be here today), but then I received a tracking information update that an error had occurred.  As far as I can tell, someone forgot to put my package on the UPS truck heading my way.

I had a mini-panic attack because I thought my package had somehow been lost in transit (thank goodness I did get insurance... still, imagine the headache!), but then I actually read the e-mail update. Probably the best part of the experience is that the e-mail also said "UPS has taken corrective action."  Haha!  Meaning they're making dang sure that it is on the next truck out here.

So my visa is now scheduled to arrive here tomorrow.  Another EPIKer mentioned that the Consulate had messed up their gender (marked male instead of female after having some other processing issues as well - rotten luck!) so I'm really praying that is not going to happen to me.  Bleh!  Don't want to have to run around and mess with that!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Visa On It's Way To Me!

Just received a call today from the Korean Consulate General in Chicago that my visa has been processed and is ready for pick-up.  I had to call UPS to schedule a pick-up (another $6.96 for today before 5PM), but my visa and passport are now on their way with no issues.  I sent my visa off on last Tuesday (7/16), it arrived at the Consulate on Wednesday (7/17), and exactly one week later (today, 7/24), it has been picked up by UPS for delivery.  Phew!  Can't wait to have it in hand though!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pre-Orientation Complete!

Just finished my EPIK Pre-Orientation Course lessons and took the test.  Just need to print out the certificate now and add it to my records to take it with me to Korea to show my head teacher.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Visa Shipped

Within 24 hours of receiving my contract, I got all my documents together and sent them off to the Korean Consulate General in Chicago.

Contract In Hand

I received my contract and NOA yesterday!  I'm not sure whether I'm terrified or excited at this point.  A whole year abroad?  I've only been to Canada!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tracking...

Woke up this morning to find an e-mail with a tracking number for my notice of appointment (NOA)/contract package from my EPIK Coordinator!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Learning Korean with TTMIK

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I've been quite busy!  I'm still busy, but I'm going to use my ten minute break to my advantage.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mr. Turtle

He's done!  Until I can come up with something suitable(ly adorable), I will call him Mr. Turtle.  Obviously he's already on my banner, but here's him by himself:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mascot Still In Progress...

I've been working on a cute little mascot to match the title of my blog.  I drew it out by hand using a picture of a cartoon I found online and a picture of an Iron-Clad Turtle ship which I proceeded to cartoon-ify for my mascot.  Then I started painting it on the computer when I thought, 'Maybe I should wait to see if I actually get a placement with EPIK before I continue spending copious amounts of time on this?'  Since my placement is now, essentially, official, I've started working on my mascot again.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I'm Insane

I'm insane.  Seriously.  Am I really going to do this?  I responded to the notification e-mail from EPIK with the address and phone number they requested so that they can send me the contract and NOA.  I've been continuing to slow-poke my way through basic Korean, researching Gangwon-do, and general tips/packing lists/etc. for Korea.

And I've basically just come to the conclusion that I must be insane.  Absolutely crazy.

Is this real life?

I'm perhaps one of the most risk adverse person you could ever meet so I have no idea why I think I can do this.  Maybe it's because I think I can't do it that I've convinced myself I can do it so I'm going to somehow do it even though I still really don't think I can.

That's the best explanation I can come up with so far.

...

Oh my gosh, I'm seriously crazy.

And I'm only going to have a week at home to pack.  Heck, it might even be working that week too!

I'm so freaking crazy.  Oh my gosh...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Exhilaration

Today, at approximately 6:20 AM, I woke up after languishing in bed for a whole 20 minutes after my alarm to an e-mail from EPIK...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Certificate of Residency

I haven't written for some time because I've started my summer research position, dog-/house-sitting, and have been finishing up my online course. I'm almost there!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Safe & Sound

Amongst student teaching and my two online TEFL courses (the frankly annoying schedule changes that the TEFL Institute made at the last minute is a story for another time), I finally have a few moments to log an entry.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The First Shipment

So I just realized I didn't post here that I passed the interview stage. Surprise! I passed!

I just got back from the UPS store where I finally let go of the documents I have been collecting over the past few months. I feel like I just sent a small child of mine off to school for the first time, or waved Bon Voyage to a little ship I lovingly built as it set sail into the big blue on its maiden voyage.

Well, it is now out of my hands and I can only hope I checked off everything just right like I was supposed to. It's a strange feeling because the ball is finally fully in EPIK's court. Now it is time to focus on my TEFL course, finishing out my internship year, and preparing for the many adventures my summer will hold.

My old roommate's roommate told me something very wise yesterday: all things in life are adventures. Some are messes that we get ourselves into and others are spectacular opportunities for growth. As long as we look at all of them as adventures, we can live a fulfilling life no matter the actual circumstances.

I think that's a good way to begin the next chapter - the next adventure - of my life.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Post-Interview a.k.a. I Talked to Someone in the Future

It is finished! Whew! I've been jittery and bumbling around all day, full of nervous energy and I am so glad that it is done. My interviewer was very nice. Hopefully I didn't make too much of a fool of myself (I always feel like I do). I'll find out the results in 2-3 days and then it will just be a matter of getting my hands on the final few documents I need.

Anyway, the coolest thing about the interview was that I talked to someone tomorrow. As in, it was Tuesday there and Monday here, so I was talking to someone in my future. How crazy is that? Time (for all of its continuous traveling forward) and the rotation of the earth are really cool.

Pre-Interview

Well, the interview is tonight. I'm pretty nervous, partially because there have been a number of statements from North Korea recently and I'm not so sure about going over there anymore... I don't know how long you have to accept or deny if I get the okay, but I really kind of want to wait this out to see where N. Korea is going. I guess my sense of self-preservation is definitely stronger than my desire to go, perhaps because if I'm alive, I can go later if I so choose. This may make it a little more difficult to be enthusiastic during the interview. I'll keep praying for a sign about my decision!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scheduled

Just over a week ago, I received confirmation that my EPIK application had been received.

After checking my e-mail like crazy every day, almost every hour I could (even on weekends), I received notification of my scheduled interview time.  I just checked my e-mail during my planning hour on the off-chance that something might have arrived for me, and I think my shout for joy may have scared my chemistry mentor teacher just a little bit! I immediately informed the main players (my mentors who wrote my letters of recommendation, my mentor teachers, my best friend, and my mother) before sending off a confirmation e-mail about the scheduled date and time.  It really is perfect because it's scheduled right during Spring Break for me and I'll have time to properly psych myself up and prepare.  These next two weeks are either going to pass very quickly or very slowly!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Submitted

Yesterday I came home to my FBI Criminal Record Check, contact information for three people who taught English in Korea (courtesy of someone my mom met), and the second letter of recommendation I needed for my application.  So today I submitted it!  My EPIK application is in!  

Now I just have to cross my fingers and wait!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Opening

I'm so very excited today!  I headed to the EPIK website today and saw that applications for Fall 2013 are now being accepted.  Based on the posts on the EPIK Facebook page, the application was not due to open up until March/April of this year, but it's early February and here it is already!  I've sent out a notice to my letter of recommendation writers to get those letters a little earlier, but my application, lesson plan, and essay have been sitting completed for quite some time already.  I just need to do a little more signing, dating, and passport photo-inserting to be ready.

I'm so very, very excited!

How am I going to focus on my internship with all this waiting and excitement?  It's going to be a little rough, I think!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The First Draft

Several days ago I wrote the first draft of my personal essay for the EPIK application.