Hey guys, it's been a while. I'm not going to lie, it's been a rough year. Contracts expire, jobs get outsourced, projects get phased out... the working world has not been kind to ol' atraub.
In May of 2012, I found myself at the graduation of some dear friends. There, I ran into my former roommate, a funny guy with a larger-than-life personality. He was a good computer science student; I would know, I tutored him through many of his classes. As we caught up, he told me about his past year where he had worked on interesting projects and found time to travel to many of the places I've dreamed of. I realized that while he was living the dream I had somehow allowed myself to be tied to a home I could barely afford in a very unhappy living situation. That day made me realize that things needed to change.
You might remember I had written a post about taking some time off and perhaps going into the peace corps or teaching English. By the end of the post, I had let influences from my family steer me away from any of this until I finished my Master's Degree. I realized that the Master's Degree is important to a lot of people, but not me. Maybe future atraub will want it, but right now I just don't care that much.
I decided I want to teach again. I helped teach a computer science class in college and it was the happiest time of my life. I've always loved teaching (which is what has kept me at DIC for so many years) so I'm going to be teaching English in South Korea. Why South Korea? Well, I've always wanted to spend some time in Asia (I've been saying that since middle school) and South Korea treats teachers very well.
Since coming to this decision, I've dropped out of my Master's program, I've put my house up for rent (and a tenant just signed an 18 month lease!), and I'm working on getting into a teaching program in South Korea. Most programs only require a Bachelor's degree, but I'm getting TESOL (Teaching English to Speackers of Other Languages) certification to get into a really good program, I've sent out for an FBI background check, I have 1 letter of recommendation already completed and 1-2 more lined up, and I've gotten my portrait taken for my Korean resume (it's surprisingly important). I waited to announce this because I wanted to get to the point of no return first. Admittedly, I'm not there yet, but I have done enough that I really don't think there's any turning back now. Everyday I get a little closer and I get a little more excited... it's been a long time since I've felt so hopeful.
I get the impression that some people might think this is a "farewell" thread. Nothing could be further from the truth! I love this community and you guys are stuck with me for the foreseeable future! I really can't imagine a reason why I'd leave this site permanently; you guys have been a big part of my life for years.
This post has been edited by atraub: 10 December 2012 - 09:45 AM