I'm mostly here to tell you SIX things I've learned in the past SIX months:
- I have become reacquainted with my love of small children (I mean very very young ones...as my 5's class (3 or 4 in America) are my faves for their sheer adorableness).
- I have become aware of my strong desire to have my own classroom again. Although last year I was sharing a classroom with the best teacher mentor ever ;) I felt as though those kids were my own. I saw them everyday, all day, for a whole year. Not so much the case here and I have very little connections with some of them. Needless to say, I want my own classroom.
- They always say "you'll find out who your true friends are when you're gone for so long" and I always said "I know who my true friends are." Well they were right, but so was I for the most part :) cheers to good friends!
- I've learned how to live on my own. As far as literally living by myself is concerned. Many of you know of my fear of mold. And a few of you have had to deal with my leftovers in the refrigerator before. I now take care of that all by myself. Go me. However I haven't had lights in my bathroom for approximately 6 weeks because I cannot physically remove the light fixture (yes, I've tried 3 times and had a very strong male friend give it a go as well...I think my landlord might come try tomorrow?)
- I've truly realized my strong work ethic and would like to give a shout out to my parents for raising me that way. Way to go guys!
- Lastly, being abroad is probably going to be the most life changing experience I'll ever have. Who knows where being married or having a small life form of my own to look after someday will rank on this scale, but living in Korea for a year is pretty high up there and I am so thankful for that.
I love you all. I miss you all (unless of course you're reading this from Korea, then I'll see you soon, like tomorrow or the next day).
Oh, one last thing, a list of things that I really miss in Korea that I didn't think I would miss quite so much:
- I'm dying for Ben and Jerry's (the oatmeal cookie one or the cookie dough brownie one...it's been so long I don't even remember their names).
- French bread for like 2 bucks from Freddys. (side note, I had a dream about both of those things...)
- Reese's are real hard to come by.
- So is Mac and Cheese although I'm stalked pretty well right now thanks to my fairly recently departed (from Korea) friend Steve.
- Butterfinger (which I didn't realize I missed so much until my mom just sent me some today).
- Cheap fruits and veggies. I've been splurging more lately because I just want some broccoli sometimes, ya know?
- Ramen and Rice....JUST KIDDING those are the two most ample food groups in Korea.