Well I spent multiple days researching top schools in International Affairs (focusing on the USA but looking abroad as well). It was a great way to make use of my time considering I’ve been desk-warming for more than half of my work day anyway.
Anyway, I think my mind is made up about a couple of things. Before, I had been debating about staying another year in Korea. In thinking about it further, I’ve realized that 1) the contract end date doesn’t fit well if I want to start school in the fall (I’d either have to break contract or be late to grad school), 2) Korean winters are ridiculously cold >.< and 3) doing prep work for Grad School is easier in the States (i.e. gathering letters of recommendation and/or taking extra undergraduate classes to beef up my application). Therefore, at the end of August, I’ll be returning to the States.
I recently came to this conclusion, and now all I can think about is how much I will miss Korea. Granted, there are a lot of things here that are…less than desirable, but there are so many great things. One thing that I constantly rave about is the public transportation. For the most part, it’s cheap and convenient. You can escape for the weekend to any city in S. Korea for basically around $100 (depending on where you go) including bus fare and a hotel room (about $30-40/night). I take a bus to and from work every day. The countryside is GORGEOUS!
As far as grad schools, I started my intense research on top grad schools on International Relations (as I stated). Then, I decided I really needed to reflect on that. I was actually hoping for some kind of impetus while working in Korea to make me go “YES! International Affairs is my destiny!” However, what I’ve found is that I’m having a hard time picturing myself doing anything other than teaching. So, I decided to look at where I got my undergrad and I think I’ll go back there and continue my education in English; perhaps for a PhD. After a year of grad school, I can start teaching at a community college. Well, crazy I know, but this is what I’m thinking of doing now. I still have time to make a decision.
UPDATE: Now that it’s finally warming up, I’m really liking Korea again. Another year is definitely in the making.