So the last time I typed on this blog, I said I had an interview. I did end up getting the job and it was VERY temporary. It literally only lasted from the beginning of May to the middle of June. But it was a job nonetheless, and I met wonderful people working there. At the time, I felt that I was blessed to be working with so many amazing people and I actually got to work with my grandmother as well. Now I can give you a rundown of my last couple of months:
In May, from the 9th to the end of the month, I was working. It was a job grading standardized tests (5th and 6th graders) on a 4 point scale. I literally felt like I was reading the same essays over and over. It was busy work where you sit at a desk all day reading papers, but as I said before, the people I worked with were amazing and they helped me get through the days.
I spent half of June working, and the other half not doing much of anything. I went to another beauty supply store and had a small conversation with a Korean woman this time. She seemed so happy that I was speaking to her in Korean (well trying to with my limited knowledge anyway). I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure (I don’t get those done often cause I’d rather do them myself), and bought more Japanese books (LOL) and other miscellaneous things. I also had an interview with another recruiter in (broken) Japanese.
Most of July, she helped me try to find a job. I went to an event called Praise in the Park, but other than that, not much happened. Oh! I registered for TOPIK II! I will be taking TOPIK II in Atlanta, assuming there’s not a problem getting there.
Which brings me to: AUGUST! My recruiter told me I had an interview, but didn’t say which company it was with. She told me about the job at the end of July, and literally August 5th I had an interview. I did as much preparation as I could for an interview in Japanese, but it ended up being in English haha. So my interview was that Friday, and literally that Monday, my recruiter said they liked my personality. Wednesday I was offered the job! The catch was I had to relocate to the other side of the country to a place I had never even heard of within 2 weeks. I had to search for my own place and everything. Relocation is tough. If you get nothing else from this post, try to make sure you always have money saved up because you never know what may come up. My grandmother came out here with me to help me get settled in, as this is my first job and I’m so far from the home that I know. We’ve really been enjoying ourselves out here despite it being a small town. After about 2 weeks, we’ve probably seen most of everything that there is to do, but we can make do. It gives me time to study, do arts and crafts, and spend less money since there’s nowhere to go. The only thing now is since I’m somewhere else, I have to fly back home to take TOPIK. I could wait and just miss out on $40, or I could fly back home, take the test and rush back to work the day after I get back. If I’m being honest, I don’t think I’m ready to take the test, but I would like to take it to measure my ability and see what I need to work on. If those sample tests were anything to go by, my writing is extra weak and I haven’t been practicing. I haven’t been reading much of anything either. I was studying in August despite everything going on, but I lost wifi when I moved and I’m not supposed to get it until Monday (it’s been torture without it _-_). I also ordered:
And it should be coming Wednesday!!!!! *along with my second check, so it’ll feel like Christmas* I’ll see how this book helps me. Now I’m putting a lot of focus into Korean because I get Japanese practice at my job. When I studied abroad in Fukuoka, there were so many Koreans it sometimes felt like we were studying in Korea instead. Now at my job, I’m surrounded by so much Japanese, it feels like I’m in Japan. I got the immersion I was asking for but not in the way I expected. I’m definitely not complaining. I can learn so much there. Now, instead of complaining about not having a job and no money to do anything, I’ll be complaining about bills and maybe how tired I am from my job. I may have more interesting things to talk about from now on since I’m actually doing stuff!
I hope I didn’t bore you. My main things now are: will I take TOPIK or wait for the next go round? What is in store for me on my job? How will I decorate my new place? (I already have a few ideas, I just need the money to handle it)
I’m also about to register for the JLPT in December as well. Tis the season of test-taking for me I guess. I need my money for that too.