The other half of me is stressing about whether or not this is something I want to spend my life doing. I like teaching. For a while I was seriously thinking of going into ESL as a career and getting my degree in it.. so I could get a job anywhere in the world, not just East Asia. I still haven't abandoned that thought. But, on the other hand, my degree is in Environmental Science. I know I don't want to work in a lab anymore... been there, done that... but some other career in that field would be more beneficial to me in the long run.
I do have one strength towards getting a job in that field, and that is that I speak Spanish quite well. I'm not bilingual, but certainly better than your average environmental scientist. Getting involved in some sort of project in Latin America would be amazing. Unfortunately, I haven't found anything like that. And every day I spend here in Korea I loose more and more Spanish. I mean... it comes back when I try, but the less I try, the more I lose.
I have really enjoyed learning Korean, and I've gotten to a point where I think if I had one more year going to a private school like I am now, I could be at a high conversational level... maybe good enough to keep up with conversations with my Korean friends. I want to keep studying Korean... but really.... in the end, what good will speaking Korean do for me... career wise?
Learning another language like Chinese or French... or even Japanese would be far more helpful to me in the long run. Chinese being highest on my list of priorities. I could go teach in China for a year, and try to learn Chinese. Or, just try to find a job in the Environmental Sector in China and learn Chinese, which would be even better.
Oh... I don't know what to do. I know I don't want to be stuck at home doing some boring old job, that's for sure. Knowing me, I'll probably just come back to Korea for another year. Upside? My college loans will be completely paid off soon if I do that (less than $9,000 left to go and only just over a year after graduation). Then I'll be debt free and able to do whatever I want, even if it means taking a job that pays next to nothing, just for the experience.
Well, if you've read to the end of my ramblings, you're quite the dedicated reader. If you have any suggestions, please.. please... let me know... I'm getting a bit more stressed by the day, but it's still to early to put in applications anywhere... not that I've found any appealing jobs anyway...