I’ve been “joking” about moving to Korea for awhile now… I sort of took the first step by just living there for 6 months in the latter half of 2009. I mean from June – August, I went through UCI’s study abroad program. Everything was structured with just enough time to get wasted every night & make it to a 9am class the next day. I was too late to extend to the Fall study abroad program. So after one ridiculously drunken night, I decided to just stay in Korea until December. Not through UCI. Not through any program. I’d be there on my own. I enrolled myself into an intense Korean language study program, got myself a 12×7 foot room above some bar, & ran off to Vietnam to renew my student visa.
Like any other study abroad returnee, I missed my host country. But if you know me, then you’d know that my case was a bit more severe than others. I told myself repeatedly that I was going to go back there one way or another. I was going to move there after graduation. I told my parents & they eventually got used to the idea that I was never going to be happy if I stayed here.
So here I am now, 32 days (including weekends) from finishing my last class in college (providing I pass of course, but I’m actually studying this time around). Then I’m taking an online class to get a teaching certificate. Then I wait for my diploma. Then I apply, hope some place will take me, & pack up my shit to leave.
Realistically, this will all happen around January (my diploma supposedly arrives in December). But I could be leaving as soon as November… providing the loophole still works. Who knows. November or February. All I know is I’m leaving. My family is at peace with my decision and more importantly, I’m at peace (& hella excited) about my decision.
GO ME <3