Actually, I’ve been back since May but I haven’t had the time to update my blog. I’m glad it can still serve as a resource and source of entertainment even after I’ve left Korea.
A lot has changed since I left Korea 8 months ago. I traveled around the Philippines and spent time with my family there. I moved back home, hopeful yet fearful of being able to find a job. One of the reasons I went to Korea in the first place. It took me a few months to find a job. I applied everywhere – even Starbucks, Target, Macy’s, etc. No luck.
I finally got a part-time teaching position with Kaplan International College in Westwood, so I moved out to LA for a part-time job. I was so grateful for the opportunity to work and teach again that I was willing to put up with an itinerant lifestyle for a while. I lived in 4 different apartments and even commuted from Garden Grove for a week. And I only worked there for 3 months!
Then I moved down to San Diego in October to start a position with LISC AmeriCorps. This was the chance I was waiting for. Like my friends said during the times I was frustrated with job hunting, it usually takes 6 months to find something. And it did take me 6 months.
It was a rough ride. For a while, I regretted my decision to come home and I hated the turn my life had taken. I worked my ass off to get back to San Diego and I’m grateful and humbled by my journey back.
Hope to update more about the past few months when I find the time!