In exactly twelve days I will be sitting at the airport, waiting to board the first of three planes for a twenty-five hour journey to South Korea.
If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much about this little adventure. In a word, this is because I haven’t managed to be honestly excited about it until the past couple days. Instead I’ve been scared, stressed, or just plain busy with other things. But now that the time is so close, and I’ve nothing left to do but wait, I’m realizing just how great this opportunity really is.
First, I’ll be riding the plane over with a number of other Fulbrighters, hopefully making friends before even entering the country. Over the following six weeks of orientation, I’ll learn Korean, acquire some new teaching methods, and basically ease into the culture of my new home.
Sometime toward the end of orientation, I’ll learn where my placement will be. I’m holding out hope for Daegu or a nearby town. 🙂 But as long as it’s not a place I’ll freeze to death or have to walk an hour to find a train, anywhere is fine.
Then will come the actual teaching. Even now I think of that and feel anxious, but maybe I’ll feel more prepared after orientation.
I know I won’t be alone. Not only will I have my 79 fellow ETA’s, several of my friends from Miami, as well as my former student, will all be there as well. And Japan, where I have other dear friends, will be only a short trip away.
So now that the anticipation outweighs the fear, you’ll see me posting a lot more about Korea. Some of these are likely to be in story format (and hopefully, unlike the Mt. Fuji story, complete). I’ll try to keep this blog interesting, at the very least!