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Choosing to Go Home

Choosing to Go Home

Making the decision to go home was not something easy to do. For a long time I was set on staying in Korea. I was looking at jobs primarily in Seoul and Busan, but I was open to locations all around the country. To be honest, the only thing I was not going to do was extend the contract I was on. I wouldn’t have stayed at that school for a million won a day.

I was looking around Korea, but I didn’t find anything that was calling out to me. The offers I received were okay, but my gut feeling was telling me there was something better in store for me. After interviewing for about six weeks I decided to broaden my options. I began looking outside of Korea in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The fact that I was experiencing a Korean winter also played a big part in me decided to look outside of the country. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of cold weather, snow, sleet, or anything that has to do with the winter. Surviving a Korean winter definitely emphasized my desire to live somewhere that is summer year-round. I interviewed with companies all around the world, but the options were limited due to the global pastrami.

Deciding to leave Korea was bittersweet. It was my first time being out on my own, working a “real" full-time job, and navigating the adult world on my own. Korea will definitely always have a place in my heart and the memories I made during my time there will be with me forever.

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