JET Program: I’M MOVING TO JAPAN!!!

JET Program: I’M MOVING TO JAPAN!!!

AHH!!!! I cannot believe it! I made the shortlist for the JET Program!!!! I’m so happy that I cannot process my emotions right now. OMG. AH. EEP. I can’t believe it’s already been like a year and half since I’ve started preparing for this job (not including the many years building teaching experience), and now I made it. Wow.

It’s so funny how just a while ago, I was such a nervous wreck, constantly checking Reddit forums and refreshing my email inbox every five minutes (I kid you not when I say every five minutes) and now I’m so elated and relieved knowing that I was worried for nothing. I’m in! My dad’s pretty sad about it though. I’m sure he is happy that I’m living my dream right now, but he’s bittersweet about it because he doesn’t want me to be apart from him. I keep telling him I’ll send him an airplane ticket to visit me, but he keeps sulking and pouting haha.

I met a really nice girl in San Francisco during the interviews, and I was just informed that she wasn’t accepted into the program but that she was accepted into a master’s program so she would have gone that route regardless of the JET Program outcome. I’m glad things worked out well for the both of us. I was really looking forward to having a fellow JET Program friend, but I’m so happy for her!

On that note, if you are also going to Japan as part of the JET Program (or will be living in Japan for other reasons such as study abroad), I’d love to be friends! Feel free to reach out to me on my blog or through Instagram (@Loriboriii). Congrats, by the way, if you were also accepted into the program, a different job, or a study abroad program!

AHHHH. OK, I’m going to continue to try and process my emotions now. EEP. OK. There’s just so much to do now. I really need to amp up my Japanese language abilities now. AH. OK, I’ll stop spewing my crazy emotions out on the keyboard now. Thanks so much for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to talking to you all again soon (I’ve been trying to use up my skincare collection in anticipation of hopefully moving to Japan, so expect a lot of fun skincare and face mask posts!).

Love you all so so much! I’m going to go cry tears of joy now. Bye!

XOXO,

JET Program Interview Completed!

JET Program Interview Completed!

Hello, friends! About a week ago, I finally had my JET Program interview in San Francisco. It was definitely very nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time; I was so nervous because I really wanted the job but also excited because it meant being one step closer to getting accepted into the program. My mom said she wanted to go with me, so we both took Caltrain to San Francisco early in the morning and stayed at a nearby coffee shop while I prepped for the interview. About 45 minutes before my interview start time, I walked over to Hotel Nikko, which was where the interviews were held. While I waited for my name to be called, I befriended a really nice girl who was also there for her interview. We just chatted about our majors, placement requests, and just how nervous we both were. Time passed by really quickly because before I knew it, my name was called for the interview. My interviewers were three women: one lady from the Consulate, a JET alum, and a Japanese professor from the University of Nevada. They were all very welcoming and friendly. I really enjoyed my interview and thought it went quite well, but I guess we will find out in about a month! The San Francisco JET Program coordinator informed us that results will likely be released around late March, so I’ll keep you all updated around then! In the meantime, I’ll just be here studying Japanese and preparing for life abroad again. I’m staying hopeful!

Looking forward to sharing some good news with you all in about a month’s time!

JET Program: I Got an Interview!!!

JET Program: I Got an Interview!!!

Hello, friends! As you can see from the title, I got an interview for the JET Program! This is literally a dream. I haven’t even been accepted into the program yet, but I feel like this is just such an incredible gift. I cannot believe it!

My interview is set for Monday, February 3, which means I only have two weeks to prepare. I really want this job, so I’m both nervous and excited! I’ve been studying Japanese in preparation for life and work in Japan, which is why I haven’t been posting much lately. I hope you all understand! I’ll be catching up with everything as soon as my interview is over. Until then, please pray for my acceptance into the program! Thank you, and I love you all!

XOXO,

September Thoughts

September Thoughts

Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of September? It’s so crazy how time flies. I can’t believe it has already been over four months since I’ve graduated university. What have I been doing all this time?! On one hand, it feels like I haven’t accomplished much as I don’t have a set full-time job at a nice company where I’m earning a stable income. Granted, my graduation came as an unpleasant surprise which you can read about here, so I didn’t have much time to prepare for all that. I mean, I definitely could have applied for a nice full-time job (and I did soon after graduating but took a break to just enjoy my summer with visiting family), but I’m also taking this opportunity to pursue my hobbies and experiment with the uncertain future.

It’s been great blogging again. I really missed sharing my thoughts and experiences with everyone. A few years ago, I made my first blogger friends. There was this sense of community that felt so amazing to be a part of. We weren’t huge bloggers by any means, but it was absolutely astounding to meet people who shared the same interests and supported one another in our endeavors. I’ve lost touch with my blogger friends over the years as I’ve been on hiatus, but it’s been nice striving to meet more bloggers online.

I’ve also been taking this time to learn more about photography. I’m actually going to Pebble Beach today with my mom to get some fresh air and pick up some gifts for family in Korea, and I’m planning on bringing my dad’s DSLR to practice using it. I recently gifted my parents two roundtrip tickets to their hometown to visit family they haven’t seen in years, so we’re going to get some 100 Years of Pebble Beach themed gifts for my uncles who are into golf. After that, we’re probably just going to go for a nice drive by the beach for some quality mother and daughter time.

I guess this month has been a lot of stress for me as I’ve been finishing up job applications to teach abroad but left with a sense of guilt and shame for not choosing the steady road of simply settling down into adulthood and getting a “real job.” I’m thankful that my parents are allowing me to choose my own path, but I can’t help feel burdened by the weight of what society considers success. I was just going to relax until August and then pick back up with applying for a “real job,” but my decision to pursue my travel and blogging dreams has been both liberating yet heavy. Out of college now, it is a much more burdensome load to carry.

But nothing great comes without effort, right? I’m still trekking the great unknown, but I’m sure things will fall into place soon. There’s no guarantee that this is the path to success, but I know I will forever regret it if I don’t pursue what I’m passionate about. It’s now or never.

September has left me feeling a bit empty inside as I struggle with my uncertain future and fight the societally inflicted shame I feel in postponing a corporate career. All in all, it’s been a mentally exhausting month, and I can’t wait to finally be over this slump. October, bring it on.

Until next time,

Bringing Back Face Mask Fridays

Bringing Back Face Mask Fridays

Hello, friends! Sorry about not having posted in a few days. I’ve been dealing with some very frustrating situations regarding car insurance. I’m still dealing with it, but I wanted to make sure I posted something today to keep in touch with you all. Today’s post isn’t a review, but I have exciting news for you all: I’m bringing back Face Mask Fridays!

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