I applied to a company called AEON to teach English in Japan for a year, and was asked to come in for a group info session/interview. There were three of us there for the interview, plus two recruiters, and the whole thing went for about five hours (1130am-430pm). Yikes. I was shocked when they didn’t provide a snack, or time to go find one. It consisted of hearing a shitload about the company: sounds like the teachers are worked to the bone, but are given all the tools they need to do so, and are provided a pretty normal salary for their trouble, plus what is essentially a stipend for rent, and the benefit of living and working in Japan. Then we had the chance to teach about five minutes worth of a lesson plan each of us had brought (which I rocked), then we took a short quiz on our language skills, and were handed letters on our way out to determine whether we would be asked back. I was, woot!
The followup interview was the very next day, and I feel like I pretty much nailed that, too. Having a motormouth, plus the ability to structure my thoughts well ahead of voicing them is SO FUCKING USEFUL, omg thank you Mother for my quick mouth and Father for my debating skills (and both of them for my Philosophy degree). Now I wait while they get back to me sometime within the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, at office job, I got an email from the new boss asking Hollywood Coworker and me if we could meet “so we can discuss the structure” of our office, which appears to be on the out (we don’t have a budget for next year, nothing from the main university website links to our office’s website anymore, we are being ignored on a pretty epic scale, etc.). So we’re anticipating hearing that basically there will be no Office (and therefore potentially no Office Job) within the coming year. UPDATE: I’m not fired, and he gave no indication that the office would be dissolved within a year. Restructured, yes. Disappeared, no. So. We shall see.
UPDATE: March 25, 2014
Didn’t get the AEON job. Ugh. Laaaaaaaaaaaaame.
My folks are having trouble hiding their pride that I’ve finished my Master’s degree. Mom sent out an email to some family friends that read thusly:
As Friends who have encouraged and watched this one grow, thank you for all of your encouragement and love. Many of us have chatted about [tigerlilytoph] recently, and she just aced her thesis and had a paper accepted by the International Social Sciences Conference. Very proud of this woman, and please enjoy her glory. What a Woman!
So sweet. And of course all the people on the thread wrote back words of love and encouragement. I was so touched. Of course I had to write back:
Thank you, family of my heart.
I turned 30 in February, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what the next decade brings. You’ve all played pivotal roles in my development into who I am today; so much encouragement, such excellent humor and love for so many years. Luke, my gentle giant, teddy bear and jungle gym. Anthony, always a welcome companion with a ready laugh and sharp mind. Mary Kay, my literary mentor, without whom my love for writing might never have awoken. Marge and Peggie, the matriarchs of our tribe from whom I continue to draw strength. Chris, Cheryl and mom, the women who danced with me and served as the clever, hard-working, paycheck-earning, loving role models I needed. Each of you, lighting a different candle within me, even now.
I would be diminished without you. Thank you.
So much love,
I’m so lucky to have had these people in my life from such a young age. It really goes to show how important your parents decisions are, and what a huge impact (good or bad) something as seemingly personal as the kind of friends they choose have on a child.
Tonight I turned in my final paper for my Master’s degree. I am finished with grad school.
Now I have time to look for a job and read that excellent book my parents got me for my birthday, The Modern Maya.
Actually, this is the list I have going for shit to do now that I have time:
clean room (omg it is a shit show)
learn french ratatouille song (I have to learn a French song)
memorize shinkendo language (becoming a dojo bum starts tomorrow)
buy tabi (for dojo bum status, and late bday present to myself)
buy ramen from mitsuwa (been missing that tonkotsu magic)
organize Into the West viewing (movie watching with dojo people)
ask Hiroko-sensei if she teaches private lessons (for a friend)
play ukulele (YES)
buy stationery for poem and future nonsense (so much future nonsense)
reply to Japan job (GOTTA LAND THIS ONE)
Japanese homework (get ready to get fucking rocked, Hiragana)