Friday, June 12, 2015

I'm Coming Home

Some of you have already been aware of this development, but I have made the decision to cut my contract here in Korea short due to various extenuating circumstances (much more specific posts to come later, once I've come home and feel more secure in my surroundings). It's not ideal, but it is what it is, and I'm looking forward to the next leg of this adventure called life.

Just so none of you worry, no I am not sick. I am not in dire straits of any sort, and I am safe at my school. I do have my reasons, however, but I must keep those to myself for the time being. Just trust that this decision is not only final but also the best one to make right now.

I will be leaving Korea in mid-July (exact date is not confirmed at the moment), and I am in a really good mental place about the whole thing.

Deep cleansing breaths. Sometimes, a change in plans is good.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In Which I Drop Out of Capella University

For those of you who have been keeping up with me and my quest for knowledge, you know that I had been attending Capella University for my Master's in Human Services. I made the decision, however, to discontinue my education with the school because I was simply not pleased with the quality of instruction and course material that were provided at the institution.

I only took one class (and only just over half of it at that), so it's possible that my viewpoint is less founded than someone who has spent more time enrolled at the online school. I doubt it, though.

I'm going to start with the positives and then move onto the negatives later.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Try it. Even if it's hard. Even if you feel like your complaint is perfectly legitimate. Even if you're tired, upset, or cranky.

If you catch yourself starting to complain, stop it.

See what happens.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Adventure Time Korea:
My Flight

I have discontinued my use of HAT Korea because 2 blogs is just too much, and I only want a single place to write in about my life. I can barely keep up here; how can I expect myself to maintain 2 separate blogs? I admit, I was a bit too quick at the trigger and was just excited about my adventure, so I'm pulling the reigns back in and will figure out the best way to cover my adventure here while also talking about other things.

As a result, HAT Korea will be merged into 52 Weeks as a weekly installment every Friday. At first, I'm going to catch up on all of the stuff I haven't been filling you guys in on (how I got here, what was my first week like, what's my school like, etc.), and then it will morph into a weekly recap of how my week went, what I saw, and other news-y type items.

Welcome to HAT Korea.
Come have an adventure with me, won't you?

This buddy was a doozy, let me tell you... I was initially supposed to leave Nashville on Sunday, February 15th, but the South was hit with a pretty drastic ice storm that, while it would have been nothing to write home about in Michigan, it completely halted everything in my city. My flight was delayed for a full week, making my departure date the 21st. That's all fine and good, but that means I was arriving at 10pm the night before I was supposed to start work. There would be no downtime, no exploration, no testing my Korean abilities before I was flung into this new, intense experience.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Life Upheaval, Culture Shock, Little Monsters, Etc.

When in Rome, yo.
Some of you might have noticed the radio silence since I moved to South Korea, short of the singular post I made when I first moved over here.

Let me tell you, no matter how much time you spend planning, no matter how many books you read, no matter how much time you invest in learning the language, you are never prepared to relocate across the world. It is a highly stressful, overwhelming experience that can only be described as a whirlwind, and everything you attempted to learn about your new surroundings before you came goes completely out of the window.

I have a few blog posts planned - Korea-themed and non-Korea themed - and I'll start posting them once a week on Thursdays. I do believe I'll also maintain the Meaty Mondays installment, because who doesn't love a Monday morning pick-me-up when you want to do nothing more than lay in bed and sleep until you forget about all of your mounting responsibilities?

At any rate, I'm alive. I've come through a lot, and I'm trying my best to take advantage of the fact that I'm in a really culturally and historically interesting place. Lots of self-learning here.

Thanks for bearing with me, and see you this Friday.


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