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Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what's even scarier? Regret.
- Zig Ziglar
I couldn't have said it better myself, Mr. Ziglar.
Throughout 2015, change became my tormentor and instability my friend; some friends and family members became strangers, pastimes that brought me joy became arduous chores, and I let goals become nothing but far-flung dreams. Yet in the middle of it all, I made new friends, experienced new things, and gained a kind of determination that can only be won through hardship. At the cost of me sounding dramatic (you should know I am by now), I feel like this next journey is going to be the most important step I've ever made in my life towards realising my dreams.
On the 3rd of September I applied for an internship teaching English as a Foreign Language in China through ImmerQi, an internship organization that helps up-and-coming professionals all across the world get work experience in China (of course, this is a very brief summary, but I'll try to make a separate post about ImmerQi later). In my case, the Teach and Travel China program will give me the opportunity to earn my TEFL certification, while allowing me to gain real-world teaching experience, and the chance to live in and experience China first-hand for 6 months. After an interview, I got my acceptance letter the 15th of September, and just now got my Visa and plane tickets.
I'm very excited about the prospects that will come from this program but don't think I've jumped into this raging sea without a life-jacket. I made sure I was accepted to a university "back home" as they say (whoever they are), and will attend when I return to finish my degree! I'm too cautious to do what some of those awesome adventurous types do and just GO. Maybe it's a fault, maybe it's a blessing? Who knows? I sure don't.
Anyway, the main purpose of this post was to show everyone some über cool photos of what my documents look like and to give you cool cats the low down on what some future blog posts will be when I get access to this blog again!
Now that the blurred out pictures are out of the way, I'll give you a heads up on what my up-and-coming blog posts will be about:
+ Packing For China and Plane Rides
+ Learning Chinese (tips, resources and more!)
+ About ImmerQi (Teach and Travel China Program, specfically)
+ 4 Newspaper Articles - Life as a College Student in China
+ Final Newspaper Interview(?)
+ VLOGS (?!)
I'll be in China officially the 21st of January! Hope to see you in 2016!