Tempting the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing

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Come on, sorrow, take your own advice . . .
beautiful like a rainbow tina cohen-chan
And here comes the wanderlust again. It's been almost a year since the last time, so at least I'm consistent?

Left Georgia in June - and yes, thank Zod for that - and have basically been cooling my heels ever since. I'm temping at the insurance company my mother also works for (Customer Service/Accounting, so she's not my boss), and it is just boring as fuck. It's not a challenge, it doesn't even require much more intelligence and/or problem-solving than your average five-year-old possesses.

I miss teaching. I miss it so, so much.

I've tried saving for/applying to grad schools, and it's just too expensive. I'm still $20,000 in the hole for undergrad, and I paid half of that off in Korea. I don't have the savings, I can't get a job that will finance it (because all the jobs want you to HAVE the master's already), and most of the programs I've talked to have refused to give me much in the way of financial aid. I have pretty fucking amazing GRE scores, and they got me notice from a few places, but not enough to get grants/aid.

(Temple in particular was hilarious. They got my GRE scores, called me up and were all "COME DO YOUR MASTER'S WITH US PLZ". Which puzzled me greatly, because when I talked to them last February, they said they had zero financial aid available for MA students and I'd have to pay out of pocket. So I was all "okay, but I'd need financial aid", and they said "that's not a problem". Which made me go "a-buh? You told me I couldn't have any last February, and I'm still paying back my undergrad loans to you". And they went "...oh. Yeah, that's still true, sorry. But COME DO YOUR MASTER'S ANYWAY." *facepalm*)

And so we're back to the wanderlust. I'd love to teach in Vietnam for a year, but they want a CELTA (which will set me back *almost* as much as a grad school education). Korea would be nice again, and will certainly pay my bills, but the visa process got fifteen kinds of fucked up in the past year, so it'll take most of another year to slog through it. I'm looking strongly at going corporate and working for AEON in Japan, but they want you to pay your airfare, and that's $1000 I don't really have. And I'm tired of taking the cheap options that lead to really shitty jobs and me being miserable halfway around the world for six months (*cough* Georgia *cough*).

I don't know what I'm hoping to accomplish by this. I just needed to vent, I think, so I understand if everyone completely ignores this post.

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I am just about to leave for work. But had to write HUGS before I walk out the door. I will be thinking the good thoughts for you, dearheart!

So Temple wants your brain but not to pay for it, and Japan sounds awesome, but is expensive to get to?? Freaking insane

I'm sorry to hear you got all of this on your plate man *hugs*

Temple U is stupid. They are still trying to get money from Chris and he never even finished his semester.

Have you thought of teaching ESL in the US? How does that work?

And Japan would be cool, I have always wanted to go.

I am sorry, that sucks.

I taught ESL in the US for a few months while getting on my feet.

Have you considered a grad school in Europe? AFAIK European Unis have much, much cheaper tuition fees. I know of several that have zero tuition fess, you only need to support yourself - you get a work permit and you can be employed part time. The one in my field requires really good knowledge of German though.

I can't believe I didn't think to mentioned Teach For America http://www.teachforamerica.org/our-organization

Have you looked into this? :)

Josh is going to apply in the summer but the closest deadline is THIS February. Depending where you are placed you can earn your MA Degree while teaching. It is a really great opportunity and I can't believe I didn't think of this before since it has been a huge topic discussion between myself and Josh (since we would move to another state). More Hugs!

:hugs and thoughts: That sounds completely ridiculous re grad school and re visa stuff especially (what would China be like?). Ugh, visas. And all the sympathy on the wanderlust without being able to wander.

*HUGS* I'm rooting for you. Maybe doing Japan would be the best solution - you'll pay off your debts and then could get further certification.

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