Goodbye JET

Tuesday January 21st, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I am super freaking beyond belief depressed right now ;_; I cant even…. Ugh. 2014 is already not going as planned (does anything?).

After almost 2 months of waiting, I found out today that I did not even manage to get an interview for the JET program. I’ve been thinking all afternoon what could have been wrong with my application. Did I forget something? Were there errors on my essay? Was my essay not strong enough? (My weak point has always been writing essays) Am I too old? Was everyone out there just better than me? Was my passport picture too ugly? Cause it really is ugly, I took it almost 10 years ago. ETC. ETC.

I’ve come to just accept that the JET program is indeed very competitive. I forget the numbers, but I think only maybe 1/4 of the applicants actually make it through and this is from all over the world. On top of that, Japan is a very popular country for teaching English. They never release actual statistics but you can find guestimations.

I think what bugs me most is I really wanted it and didn’t get a chance, not to blame the JET program in anyway. The application process itself was definitely an experience. However, I just know there’s going to be people who end up making it that just want to go have fun and come back 1-2 years alter. But hey…who am I to judge. They’re the ones who made it, not me. Perhaps I didn’t want it badly enough.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do right now. I still very much want to move to Japan this year. I’m tired of staying here year after year so I’m going to do everything possible. As of right now, it’s still too early to apply for other teaching jobs. Pretty much all of the ones available are for Spring 2014 and I’m unable to move that soon. For one, I won’t receive my TEFL certificate until the end of April and two, my lease is not up until (I think) September so it would put both me and my roommate in a very bad situation.

Japan, I will see you again soon :( Come spring, I start applying for jobs that starts in August.

Of course, I find all this out while I’m waiting to have my first laser hair removal :sick: . My nervousness on top being upset probably made the experience a bit less enjoyable. Overall, it went better than what I had expected. I had a Brazilian done, and may go back to do my full legs. The feeling is what I would describe as a shock to your skin. A lot of people on the internet compares it to a rubber band snapping against your skin, which I can see why they say that. If you’ve ever had a shock knife shock you or a hair pulled from your skin, you’ll know exactly how it feels. My next appointment will be in 6 weeks.

My New Year’s resolution to not procrastinate as much isn’t going all that well either x_x Old habits are hard to break. I normally procrastinate on getting my birth control refilled (always a bad idea) and every year I forget that I run out in January and have to schedule my yearly gynecologist appointment. I ended up picking up my birth control a couple days late.

I also completely forgot that my credit card expires at the beginning of February. When I went to my parents house over this past weekend (I have most of my mail delivered there since it’s a permanent address) I accidentally threw out the new card that was sent to me. I get so many letters from banks to sign up for new cards, or bank accounts, or whatever that I’ve gotten in the habit just to toss anything from a bank without looking at it. Again, bad idea :/ I called Bank of America on Monday and they will be sending me out a new one. I hope I get it before the month is over. I use a credit card for anything and everything that I can. I’m not a big fan of handling/carrying cash all the time and not to mention I get reward bucks back with a credit card ;)

This just absolutely made my night, a skateboarding cat that does tricks :shock:

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