Boldly Stepping Into The Future (Or Re-Applying for EPIK)
It has been an awfully long time since I posted on here. November, I believe, was the last time. When I left you last, I was undertaking my teacher training and stressed about work. Well, what has changed since then? Not a lot. I am still stressed. I am still in teacher training. But my future path may be different, dear reader. For I have made the decision to re-apply to go and teach in Korea with the EPIK Programme again. Those who read my sporadic blog posts will know that I miss Korea. I miss EFL. I miss basically everything about those glorious two years. So this should really come as no surprise.
For those of you who know about the path of teacher training in the United Kingdom, this means that I would not undertake my NQT year. This may surprise some of you. “What was the point in undertaking your PGCE anyway?” I hear you cry (and have heard my parents cry since I told them of my vague plans). Well, I can still come back and do my NQT year if I want to. But, I am not sure I do. For if this past several months has proven anything to me, it is that I love teaching…ESL. Teaching in the UK is a whole different matter. It is a lot more stressful, for one. I recently undertook a teaching trip to Belgium (blog post on this to follow shortly) and I had the most fun when I was teaching English to Belgian students. If I have learnt one thing in my short time on this earth, it is that you have to do something that makes you happy. That makes it worth getting up everyday. And for me, that is EFL teaching.
Some of my ex-students. I miss teaching these boys!
As I type this, I am sat in the library taking a short break from working on my application. If you know me in real life, you should know this was not a choice I made lightly. I considered a lot of different options. But I have felt so much happier since deciding on this one, and that is really what counts in this life. After all, you only live once.
Expect me to keep you updated on my progress here, and wish me all the luck that you can. If this route fails, I will find another way. I have friends who teach at Hagwons (private academies) and I am just as happy to take that route. I have set out on my course now. It will take a lot to sway me from it.
I will post again soon, dear reader.