Teacher Life: Conflict Between Close Friends

Yesterday between classes, I looked up from my Kindle to see one of my students repeatedly hitting another boy on the back of the head. He was clearly angry and exclaiming something in Korean I couldn’t understand. I immediately sat up and started yelling. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” The hitting stopped. “BOTH OF YOU OUTSIDE […]

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Handling Conflict: Some Tips for the Conflict-Averse

I am naturally conflict-averse. I always have been, and I still am. But over the years I’ve learned how to better manage my sensitivity to tension, how to better communicate with those I disagree with, and how to stay true to myself while still being considerate of others. I’m still a work in progress, but here is some of what I’ve learned […]

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Teacher Life: Working Through Conflict

Last week, I saw an ugly side of one of my young students. English name of Brian. He is normally very cute and engaged during class (and I may even subconsciously favor him sometimes..). He just has the kind of attractive personality that makes you want to call on him all the time.

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Introverts Need People Too

As an introvert, I sometimes struggle to make time for people. When I get busy, the first thing I toss out the window is socializing. I need my Saturday’s all to myself so I can recharge, I tell myself. But after one of the most draining weekends of my life (working at a two-day English Festival doing […]

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Welcome to my life

This week was a weird one for me. Just mentally. I was a little out of it. Even more than usual, I mean. One evening, my roommate called me out of my room into the kitchen: “Hey roomie!  Look at the floor!” I burst out of my room and wildly scanned the floor for a cockroach or some […]

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Thanksgiving

I almost forgot it was Thanksgiving today! Guess that’s what happens when you live abroad. Attended a Thanksgiving Banquet last Saturday and my mom promised pumpkin cheesecake when I go home in a couple weeks, so I got all my food bases covered. But since it is Thanksgiving today, think I’ll take the opportunity to give […]

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Heading Back to the Land of Kimchi

Leaving for Korea in the morning!! I cried a lot more last year when I thought I was only leaving for a year; this time I haven’t cried at all. But I guess that makes sense, because this time I know exactly what I am leaving for… AMAZINGNESS. (Seriously, I have missed my church and […]

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