In case you don’t know, in less than two months I am moving to South Korea to teach English with the EPIK program. Over the last year, I have been working my booty off to make my dream of living abroad come true. As of now, I have no idea where in Korea I’ll be, what age I’ll be teaching, or when exactly I’m leaving. I just know that I have been accepted into this amazing program, I will be in South Korea, and I will begin teaching on September 1st. Though the ambiguities of this adventure are some what intimidating, I am absolutely sure this is what I’m meant to do. All I have to do is wait.
I am preparing for the biggest adventured ever experienced in my 22 years. And as I share the details of the adventure with the people around me, I continually receive the same three questions, and give the same three answers.
Ever since I was a small child, I have wanted to live abroad. I have wanted adventure. But it wasn’t until I was 18 that I was finally given the opportunity to travel overseas. This opportunity manifested itself as a summer in Hong Kong with a group of strangers. Though it was a drastic first experience abroad, it completely solidified to me that I would do everything I could to travel. Last summer, I was able to study abroad in Ulsan, South Korea. Along with the general craziness of study abroad life, I got to experience the amazing culture of South Korea. Through the program, I was connected to EPIK. And shortly after returning to the United States, I began the process of getting a job teaching.
2. How does your family feel about this?
My family is so incredibly supportive of this crazy dream of mine. To them, the idea of me living abroad just makes sense. Though my parents have never traveled outside of the good ol’ US of A, from the moment I declared I was moving overseas after college, they have been supportive. They may be reluctant to visit. They would probably be more comfortable having me live in the same time zone as them. But they respect my goals and are almost as excited as I am about this opportunity.
3. You’re so brave!
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told I’m brave for moving to South Korea, I’d be able to buy a lot of McDonald’s Double Cheeseburgers. Perhaps to the average person, or at least to the average Nebraskan, the idea of moving abroad by yourself is scary. But to me, it isn’t. And I don’t really think it’s brave to do something that doesn’t scare me. I am a firm believer in fate. And over the past year, any time I have gotten weary of this tedious process, positive forces in my life have pushed me towards this dream of mine. To be honest, I am still amazed that this opportunity that seemed to fall into my lap. And I refuse to waste it. Starting over half way across the world doesn’t make me brave. Maybe it makes me adventurous. But what’s life without a little adventure?