It’s been almost 2 weeks since the post election shock of learning that Donald Trump will be our next president. As someone said recently, the fact that Trump was even a contender to be commander in chief of the U.S., attests to the fact that our democracy has been broken for some time.
While many who move to South Korea to teach English have some experience teaching, there are many who do not. Understandably, new teachers are nervous about writing a lesson plan. Some schools may require you to write and create your own lesson plans, and others may place you with a co-teacher who will provide the content.
There are two truths I’ve discovered about the teaching profession: you can leave the profession but it will never leave you, and it’s exhausting work. However, these truths are not necessarily self-evident. First, while you may be able to leave teaching (physically), as cheesy as it may sound, the work gets into your heart and soul.
I live on the coast in rural Oregon, and one thing I started to realize after talking to people in my community is that nearly everyone has a side hustle—even my retired dad had a side hustle for years (collecting and re-selling vintage records on EBay) despite the fact that he had a 20+ year career working for a government agency.
So my last post was a decided "turning away" from the election, and a focus on other news topics instead. We know that we're under three weeks away from the election in the USA. I expect as soon as the election is over that I will be getting walloped by Christmas advertising everywhere... Phew.
What can be done instead of feeling caught between events?
After teaching in South Korea for three years, two of the most common questions I get tend to be: “why did you leave(?),” and “do you want to go back (?)” While I plan to address the first question (which is rather personal) in a future blog post, the second question is an interesting one. I find it interesting that people seem to read my mind and see right through me.
(Editor's Note - Regardless of who you vote for, if you are American, please vote in the upcoming election. I will select one person at random who shares or likes or comments on this article who will receive some free ESL101 swag (T-shirt and stickers) - so share, like, tweet, post, etc...I just got my ballot today - karma!