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Signing away freedom

March 2016 marked two years for me in Korea. two years and my third company in the same field.

While I have said this on multiple occasions, this time I am fighting the urge to quite my job and move on. But if only life was that easy. Every day, I feel more and more trapped in my work place and the tiny room that I should be calling ‘home’.
I know, you are probably wondering “what is stopping you if you are that unhappy?”. It’s pretty simple. Contract.

Being an ESL teacher in Korea means that you have to get an E2 visa which is bonded with your employer. Once you want to stop your employment with the company you have signed a contract with, you have to get a ‘Letter of release’ and you can transfer to another visa (D-10 or another E2).

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

Most companies refuse to give you a letter of release if your contract is not finished. Honestly, if you have completed your one year contract, there is no need for you to obtain a ‘letter of release’ anyway. The only people who need a ‘letter of release’ are those who wish to finish their contract earlier than one year or, those who have been fired and wish to stay in Korea. But when a company refuses to give you one, it is almost impossible to do anything about it.

When I signed my contract, I saw that there was a section which said that I will not receive a release letter if I end my contract before the 1 year mark. Even if I give the requested 3 months notice before leaving. I know I shouldn’t have signed the contract if I didn’t agree with that term. The problem was, I didn’t want to face another hard time of trying to find a new job. It took me three months the first time, I wasn’t going to go through that again. So when I was offered a job on the second day of unemployment, I went for it. It was a reputable company funded by Seoul government, what could possibly be wrong? Honestly, I love this company. The staff, the fun classes, my students, but teaching just isn’t for me.

When I came to Korea, I came with the hopes of teaching English for a year and either start my career as a journalist/editor or go back to university here to get my masters degree. My first job was a disaster. For my second job, I got promoted fast and I loved it, but then management changed and it was a nightmare. So, when I hit my two year mark in my third school, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I have wasted two years of my life. Two years where I could have been doing other things to do with my degree and my dreams.

So, next Tuesday marks three months until my contract is finished. Within these three months, I will be searching for jobs and blogging more in order to get back in the flow of writing. I will try to write blog posts at the least 3 times a week. If I fall behind, scold me guys!!

This week, I have already posted twice, so I will post another on Friday. I am going to try something new so, keep an eye out!

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I have completed education!!

Yesterday I got my results for my degree.

You are reading the blog of a student who has been awarded a Bachlour of Arts Honours degree in  Journalism – Second Class Upper division!!! I got a 2.1!

Although it isn’t the 1st I had hoped for, considering what I have been through this year with mum being hospitalised & loosing my job, I am so happy to atleast have got a 2.1! All the stress paid off!!

So now I have to step into reality & try to find a job until I can go back to Korea! It’s scary!

Having been in education for 20 years, that’s it!! I will miss education that’s for sure! Who knows? I might do a masters in Korea! Hahaha

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One year on.

This time last year, I was on my way to what I didn’t realise would be the most amazing place I had ventured to before. Seoul, South Korea.

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Every day & night for a whole month, I had a great time. Trying new foods, stumbling across Soju and Makgeolli, wondering around, and meeting amazing people. Not only did I enjoy discovering Korean culture and meeting Korean people, a big part of my time in Korea and at Hanyang International Summer Schoo(HISS) was meeting people from all around the world. I made great friends who I will never forget and hope to meet again in the near future.

It is hard to forget anything which happened in Korea last summer, and I hope I never do. I can picture my room clearly and even remember the sound the lock used to make when my door closed! I learnt a lot while attending HISS, academically and personally. I miss my Media in Korea & Korean Language classes sooooo much!

I met truly amazing people during my time at HISS. Although we don’t stay in touch as much as I would like, you have a special place in my heart and I am glad I can share such great memories with you all.

When asked what was my favourite thing about my time in Korea, I can’t name one. The experience as a whole was and still is indescribable. My least favourite part was saying goodbye. Packing just 1 hour before I had to leave my dorm and saying a tearful goodbye to Ethan, who I will never forget and hope to see again soon.

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A year on, I am still studying Korean language! This will be a big surprise to my fellow Korean language students!! I am planning my return to Korea after I graduate in November and I have become accustom to the taste of Soju and still drink it! (despite it being really expensive in London)!

I’m hopeful that I am not the only one who cherishes Korea dearly. I hope that July 2012 will always have a place in your heart, like it does in mine. It’s great to see that some of you have now graduated and are having new experiences and even travelling the world (Kesiha I am so jealous!).

To sum up, I am glad that I met people who are so open-minded adventurous and unique. I think of Korea everyday and although I love Korean culture, my view of Korea wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t met such outstanding people.

I truly hope to meet all of you again! How did this year go by so fast?!?!

I’m thinking reunion next year?! =D

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100th Post & a new me!

animated_gif_clipart_birthday_070Woooo! So this is my 100th Blog post. I know I have been absent, yet again, however, I have had good enough reasons!

I have now finished university! The problem was, I made some friends who are freaking awesome! But they were from America and Korea. They were only in London until the 26th of April and 3rd of May. =[ So I hung out with them a lot until they left. Unfortunately, my dissertation was due on the 7th of May.
I did finish my work on time but this meant that I have had no personal time. With mum still being in hospital and working on my dissertation I had no time to update my blog even when my friends had left. I even spent my birthday writing my dissertation!!
After I handed in my dissertation I decided after 4 years of university life, I need some me time to catch up on dramas, play games and just be lazy!

However, now that I have free time, although mum is still in hospital and I am doing a short course, I will be posting on here regularly again. I also don’t have a job any longer so I have weekends free. I will be dedicating two days a week to blogging! I will try to be interesting!

Again, if there are any topics you would like me to blog about, please let me know. Stay tuned!