About Me

Monday January 20th, 2014 at 2:37 am

Name: Jennifer
Birthday: February 25
Height: 5’7″ (170 cm)
Born In: Beijing, China
From: Nashville, TN USA
Currently Living: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite Artists: Jade Valerie, Lindsey Stirling
Favorite Drink: Peach Tea, Lychee Tea…almost any tea really
Favorite Fruit: Lychees
Favorite Flower: Cherry blossoms
Favorite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha
Current Favorite TV Series: Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Walking Dead, Law & Order: SVU
Currently Playing: FFXIV: ARR, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

I was born in Beijing, China and moved to the US when I was about 4 years ago. I’m an only child so I’m pretty good at keeping myself entertained. I graduated college with a degree in Business Marketing and a collateral in international business but I spent the first 4 years or so after college working in the music business. As of July 2014, I’ve been living in Japan teaching English.

I’ve been blogging since high school after I taught myself HTML and a bit of webdesign. After I left for college, I stopped blogging for a long while and have always wanted to return to it. After a few revamps, I started up my blog again under a new domain name pristine.nu. Currently, I blog on and off throughout the year and am trying to get back into it ._.

Most of my blog topics will be centered around living in Japan with random thoughts here and there. I hope in the future I will have more of a chance to blog about traveling. product reviews, and other things I’m interested in doing. In my free time I love to play video games, watch tv shows/movies, eat, travel, sleep (no joke), and explore new things.

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3 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Hi, I came across your blog while trying to find out what working for Berlitz is like, and the interview process. Are you still working for them now? I’ve heard some things about unions or something being an issue and having to join one??
    Was the Instructor Qualifying Program difficult, and were you able to choose where in Japan to work (preferably)?

    Thank you!

    • Jen says:

      You don’t have to join the union. There is one but I don’t think many teachers are apart of it, only some of the older teachers. No one I know is apart of the union, there really isn’t a need to join it.

      IQP isn’t difficult but kind of a pain. You have to go to a 5 day training program 8 hours a day and its unpaid because you’re technically not an employee. They go over quite a few things like what to expect, what kind of students, the Berlitz teaching methods, practice, and whatever else. 5 days is quite excessive but I suppose if you’re new to teaching it’s good to do a little bit of hands on practice before you’re thrown into a classroom.

      I wasn’t able to choose where I wanted to work. When I applied for the job, it said in Tokyo. I found out the location during the interview but it was in Chiba, right outside of Tokyo. No complaints really, I like where I am and I’m only maybe 20 something minutes from Tokyo…sometimes I travel to Tokyo for work. I know that the people who applied in Tokyo were able to choose their location more or less but since I was coming from overseas, they just placed me in whatever school they needed teachers which is usually the schools outside of Tokyo.

      The interview process was fairly simple. I had one interview with the recruiting agency, one interview with Berlitz, and then another followup with the manager which was just him telling me what to expect working for Berlitz. I can’t remember too well what happened during the interview, just some basic questions like past experiences, why do I want to come to Japan, etc. I can’t remember anything that was too out of the ordinary.

      Overall, working at Berlitz isn’t bad. English schools in Japan are all more or less the same. There’s pros and cons of each one. I like Berlitz for the flexibility, I can take time off whenever granted I give enough notice. The lessons are only 40 minutes so they usually go by pretty quickly. You don’t have to plan your own material which can be a good thing or bad thing depending on your teaching style. The students are generally pretty nice and fun to talk to. As for cons..the schedule is a pain and it’s hard to plan stuff around it. You either have to work both weekends or split schedules or both and most of it falls in the afternoon/evenings. Quite a few of the students take lessons because their company forces them to so they lack motivation to learn or study. It’s not the most rewarding job but there are definitely great students and you get to meet really interesting people. I also work with amazing people, which I think its a big influence on any work experience ^_^

  2. Soledad Mendoza says:

    Hello Jennifer. I saw your post where you have your honest advise to this lady with the “user boyfriend” back in 2014. ( How time flies)… and looooved your honest advise!. It made my day. I almost ended up in a similar situation, but I did not let him move in with me!!!..Lolll… I would love to keep in touch with you, and maybe we can become pal pen friends ” via email . Take care and enjoy your life!!.. I will do the same!!!.. ????

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