Frequently Asked Questions

July 13, 2015
I've never done a Frequently Asked Questions post, so I thought now's as good a time as any to go ahead and do one. Why not?

Here are some FAQ's that I get asked in life, so why not address them here?

Are you still with your boyfriend? The short answer to this is no, I'm single. The last time we saw each other was over a year ago last June right before I moved to Georgia. The last time we texted each other was in February and neither one of us has contacted the other one since then, so I'd say that we are finished.  I guess it's better that things just fizzled out instead of going through a dramatic break up...I'm okay with not having that "official closure." I think both of us knew it just wasn't going to work. After spending five and a half years together, it came time to either take the next step (which I don't think either of us wanted) or to break up. There's just no point in being in a stagnant relationship. 

Do you want to have kids? I wouldn't say no, but I'm already in my 30's and I just don't know if it will happen for me.  I would definitely want kids if I met the right person, but I'm not going to settle for someone that I'm not head over heels for just to have someone to start a family with.  I already wasted enough of my time being with the wrong person (see answer to above question.) Regardless of whether or not I have kids, I know that at least I have a cute niece

Why did you decide to leave your teaching job in the United States to go teach in China? Although I never taught in China before, I have taught in Korea for three years and loved it. This past year teaching in South Carolina was really rough for me. The salary seems decent, but once the cost of living is factored into the equation, it's not enough money to live on! I seriously had to spend some of my savings just to make ends meet and that's not even including what I spent so far on organizing my trip to Iceland. If I stayed in S.C., I would eventually go bankrupt if I didn't find another job! Another reason why I decided to leave is that it was just too much...I'm not a lazy person and didn't expect my first year teaching to be a walk in the park.  When I was working 11 hour days every day with no break and then using almost my whole Sunday to lesson plan, it was just not a good work/social life balance. On top of that, I STILL never felt fully caught up. Even veteran teachers at the school I worked for were running around saying that there was no time and put in tons of extra hours each day. That was not very comforting to me. The time constraints made it difficult to meet people and to make friends. Truthfully, besides the two friends that I came down here already knowing, I would say that I just made one friend the whole year which is kind of sad.  I felt like my whole identity was just being a teacher and that I didn't have time to just be me if that makes any sense. There are many other reasons why I wanted to leave that school, but I chose China because I had been wanting to teach internationally again for awhile. The teaching schedule, behavior of the students, and lower cost of living in China will all work in my favor.

Do you think you will ever settle down? I know that this is a question that my dad wants me to say yes to! I guess it all depends. I don't see myself being happy without traveling being a huge component of my life.  If I "settled down" in one spot, I would still want to take a ton of trips.

How tall are you? I'm six feet tall. Read this post if want more information on my experience as a tall girl. :)

What is the best place you've ever been to? This is such a hard question to answer!! I will say that I'm biased towards the places that I actually lived in for an extended period of time. Those places would be France, Italy, and Korea. Without counting those places, I'd have to say that I have had amazing experiences the following places: 1) 
Kyoto, Japan 2) Newfoundland, Canada 3) The Australian Outback 4) Cape Town, South Africa 5) Yunnan Province, China

Okay, I could go on and on here, but in the U.S., it's pretty obvious that I'm partial towards Savannah!

How did you find a job teaching English in Korea and what made you want to go over there in the first place? During my junior year of college, I went to France for a study abroad opportunity. While I was there, I became good friends with this girl named Hannah. Hannah and I kept in touch during our senior years of college at our respective universities, but often talked about how we wanted to go abroad again right after graduation. We tossed the idea around about teaching English in France, but Hannah convinced me that Korea would be more lucrative for us and would give us a chance to experience living in a completely different part of the world. Hannah found a recruiter and passed the information along to me. Getting a job in Seoul was super easy at the time. There were many openings and all that was required was to have a 4 year degree and be a native English speaker. I also wanted to try teaching out in Seoul to see if I actually liked teaching. In France, I would have just been an assistant, but in Seoul I got to have my own classes. I don't even remember the name of the recruiter I used, but there are always a ton of postings for jobs on the Korean Forum on Dave's ESL Cafe

This was a pretty fun post to write! If you have a question for me, leave it in the comments below and I'll answer it. :)
9 comments on "Frequently Asked Questions"
  1. I had a friend that left about 3 years ago to teach in Korea...she LOVES it and doesn't have any plans at this time to return...

  2. I can't wait to read all about your Iceland trip!

  3. It's so cool you'll be teaching with Rachael!!

  4. You have been to some fabulous places! I love to travel as well so I'm happy that I found a guy who enjoys is just as much! I think its quite brave to move to a different country but you never know how the opportunity will enrich your life.

    I have been married for 5 and a half years now and I don't have kids because I'm not ready. I hate it when people decide to repeatedly ask and pressure you or try to convince you that its time. I'm enjoying life the way it is and I like having a free lifestyle without that responsibility.

  5. I always love when I find out another blogger is a tall! I'm 5'10" and a half. Tall girls unite! I also enjoy reading things like this because it's such an insight into a blogger that even though I've been reading your blog for a while - I learned things I didn't know!

  6. I think living in China will make it easier to travel a lot like I used to! I feel like I've been in a traveling slump while I was a grad student and subbing (no time and money!), but hopefully that will all change soon. It's also really important for me to find someone who likes to travel like I do--that's great that your husband wants to go everywhere with you. In past relationships guys will tell me they love to travel but then when it comes down to it, they aren't really interested and will just make excuses as to why they don't want to go.

  7. Thanks for sharing -- I always love finding out new things about fellow bloggers :-)

  8. Me too! I like reading these types of posts, so I thought I'd do one myself. :)