Teacher Life: When Everyone Decides to Go Cray

Sometimes I think teaching has literally made me insane. Or perhaps I was simply insane to decide to teach in the first place. Sometimes my students are great. Everyone comes on time with their books prepared and pencils sharpened, having gone to the bathroom and drunk a satisfactory amount of water. Whatever candy or toys […]

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Living as an Outsider

Today a white woman got on the bus, and I was struck by her confidence. I live in Korea, so she was the only fully white person on board, but she just calmly smacked her gum and found a seat. My first thought was that this was the attractiveness of the “older” (no longer in […]

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Home for Christmas

This is my first time being home for Christmas in three years. It’s rather nice. Listening to my little siblings read Advent excerpts, watching the packages from Amazon pile up by the front door, driving by houses sparkling with lights, feeling the anticipation in the air. I used to resist the Christmas hype fiercely and […]

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White Christmas

I had a surprisingly lovely Christmas this year full of laughter and love. One of the most wonderful moments was walking home in the snow by myself late Christmas Eve after a party with friends. I caught white snowflakes on my new black gloves and marveled at the endless creativity of God. For the brief […]

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Being a Foreigner: Pros and Cons

Being a foreigner in Korea (specifically a half-white American who doesn’t speak much Korean) has its pros and cons. Here are some observations I’ve accumulated over the past six months: CONS: – Getting stared at. When I walk down the street, I can’t tell if people are looking at me because they think I look […]

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Perseverance

On Monday I cried harder than I have in a really long time. I cried so hard my head hurt. And then I cried some more. Basically, I went to the bank thinking I was finally going to open an account with the alien registration number I had been waiting so long for. With this […]

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