This past Christmas break, I dedicated most of my time to researching ways to move and work abroad after I graduate, along with Netflix, Project Free TV, books, and sweet baby nephew time. I made an excel spreadsheet (seriously) of possible programs and classes abroad to get my TEFL/TESOL certification in order to adequately compare and contrast cost, legit-ness, credibility, pay, and overall experience. After hours of research, South Korea seemed to be my number one choice in all of the above. It was the wisest economically and I have always wanted to go back to Asia. I wanted to be proactive in pursuing something that could be a career or could be just a stroke of my passion for travel.
Once my last semester of college started (OH MY WORD, THAT’S INSANE), I put my Excelling aside temporarily and purely focused on school, saying yes to things, and truly enjoying every bit of my last thread of college, chapter summaries and all. I began working three jobs and getting back into my routine. Even with working these three small jobs including the Mexicali Grill, yearbook, and tutoring, my scattered hours and pay just wasn’t making the cut. I lost a tutoring shift due to schedule complications and the yearbook stint was ending.
The day after I found out about lost shift, I get a call from my sister who spoke of another job opportunity her best friend had told her about and thought I would be perfect for it. I said, great. I’ll pursue it. That same week, I happened to be having a random conversation with someone about South Korea and distant possibilities for the future. She ended up forwarding me an email for an application to teach in South Korea for one month this summer, all-expense paid trip, including flights. You’re damn right I applied.
This week, amidst two consecutive nights of writing my senior sem paper until the library closed at 3:30 am, I had my interview for the job and interview for South Korea. I decided to skip my Tuesday classes to go for the job interview, Dressed in my favorite blazer, with tired eyes, witty banter, and a dash of professionalism, I was offered the job on the spot. HUZZAH. The next day, as I found myself walking into the McDonald’s across campus for an interview with a pastor from South Korea, I was told that I made the team. YES.
Two things in a row. Both things that I had not been searching or researching or excel spreadsheet making for. I think it is just crazy how God works. For someone who gains a weird high from scheduling, checklist making, and to-do list writing, God reminded me, that He’s in control. I am open. I am available. I am going to try to be ready for uncertainty. But most of all, I am thankful.
Thrilled to see what’s ahead.