Story Time #2: The Time My Student Helped Me Get BTS Concert Tickets

This story beings a long time about when I first heard about SF Music Festival coming to Daejeon. It was one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind and occasionally you think, “I should really buy tickets for that,” or “I should really double-check what date that is.” And so, as…

How I Feel About My Students

Basically I feel a lot of things. I love them more than I could have ever imagined I would but I have struggled for these past six months to try to put into words exactly the kind of love I have for them. It’s special. So that’s what I’m going to try to do in…

How I Study Korean

(Before we begin this topic I’d like to put a HUGE disclaimer here to say that this is by no means the way that you SHOULD study Korean or any language for that matter. This is simply what I am doing.)   How I Study Korean I started studying Korean in October of 2015 so…

What to Expect from Your First 6 Months Living in Korea

First Six Months in Korea This is part two of the what to expect in your first semester/6 months in Korea. Part one was about teaching and part two is going to be just about living in Korea in general. You can read part 1 here. Again I asked my several of my friends for their…

Reflecting on Semester One

February 12th I landed in Incheon airport with my entire life stuffed into two oversized suitcases. Now those suitcases sit pushed into a corner in my utility room holding my no longer wearable winter clothes. The past five months have been both the fastest and the longest of my life. I still remember landing in…

Korea Month 5: Rainy Season

Welcome to another update post. Since my last update we have started (and by the looks of it just about finished) the rainy season in Korea. It started very abruptly, like some flood gates had been opened two Sunday’s ago and it rained for about four days straight without letting up. Since then it’s been on…

What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea

What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea     My kids have officially finished their final exams for the semester and we are now in the this weird two week limbo where they still have to come to school, but won’t actually be tested on anything we teach them. Basically we…

Korea Month 4: Summer in Sight

I have officially completed month 4 in Korea. It has been a pretty uneventful month in terms of traveling but a rather unusual month as far as school goes. About 4 weeks ago we started speaking tests with the kids and only recently had every student officially finished. It was a behemoth of a project…

An Overwhelming Fondness

Yesterday afternoon during one of my free periods I was sitting in the office working on some lessons for today and going over the grade one speaking test grades. It was a very hot day so we had the windows open to let in any breeze that might be passing through and everyone’s little desk…

Korea Month Three: Reality Check and Coming “Home” to Korea

I think I said something a while ago about definitely not posting an update every month, but yet it’s looking like that’s going to happen. But I’m still not making any promises. Here we are, exactly three months to the day after I landed in Korea. Three months really does NOT sounds like a lot…

The Virtues of EPIK: English Program in Korea

For anyone thinking of coming to Korea to teach, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by sheer number of options that exist. There are hagwons where you can teach adults at night, or kindergarten during the day, or businessmen early in the morning. There are public schools where your classes will probably have at…

Reasons Why Monday Isn’t Going to be Bad

It’s currently Sunday night a bit later than I should be awake given that I need to be up bright and early tomorrow morning. Mondays are not my easiest days. I have two of my most difficult classes on top of the fact that no one wants to do much thinking at all on Monday’s,…