Monday, 21 April 2008

Until May

I went to see the doctor this morning, as scheduled, to have a basic checkup (incidentally, I've lost weight :o I weigh 70kg now ><), so that my Health Certificate could be filled out and signed / stamped. I had to go and get a chest x-ray early this afternoon at radiology, too. Getting all of this done in the same day, and getting all of the necessary documentation off in time is yet another God-thing on this journey towards my adventure in Japan. As much as I know not to worry about things, I did contemplate what steps I would have to take if I didn't get this done in time.

But I did, and it's done, so now I can relax until Friday, 16th May; at least with regard to JET. I still have a 3,000 word essay to write and almost 300 words of Old English to translate, not to mention studying for my second Beowulf translation test.

It's a struggle to buckle down and do the study that I know is so important, when I want to respec my priest to shadow and improve her gear enough to raid as a shadow priest :p


Sunday, 20 April 2008

A Late Update

The documentation I was hoping for arrived last weekend. I have to get a medical certificate filled out, among other things. I was unable to book a doctor's appointment any earlier than Monday, 21st (tomorrow); and everything is due in on the 24th. Well, it might be cutting it close, but worrying over time constraints causes unnecessary stress. I truly believe that God wants me to bring a light to Japan - and to Japan I will go!

What I need to do is continue keeping on top of my studies, and ensure that I get everything back to the JET people that needs to get back to them, filled out properly, in preparation for getting my visa and all that sort of stuff.

There is a Q&A session on Friday, 16th May, that I am going to attend. That same weekend there are some optional things to go and take part in, which I intend to go to as well.

Every week that goes by brings me closer to departing for my nippon tabi ^^

27th July, here we come!


Monday, 7 April 2008

Second Stage

Not only is the title of this entry a reference to Initial D, but it's an indication of the progress of my JET application. The following email arrived today:

Dear Timothy

RE: The 2008 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you have successfully passed the second stage of the screening process for the 2008 JET Programme and that you are now on the final short-list for Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) candidates. You are now scheduled for placement in a Contracting Organisation, which is possible in almost all cases.

In May, after a Contracting Organisation has been selected, you will be informed of the final selection result with the name of the prefecture or designated city to which you are assigned. Every effort will be made to satisfy your placement preferences. However, because of the limited number of positions available in each area, please understand that in many cases this will not always be possible.

An official letter, additional documents and proceedures will be posted to you late this week. We just thought we would take this opportunity to inform you of your results by email in advance.

All I can say is: W00T!

I'm going to Japan XD


Sunday, 6 April 2008

April has arrived

Well, we're now diving headfirst into the second week of April. Daylight savings has finished, so the days are going to get pretty short over the next couple of months.

Seasons aside, the main point of this post is just as a quick update. I have been taking a Japanese paper this trimester: JAPA 111 - Introduction to the Japanese Language. I think it's going ok, but my real focus is on the two papers that matter; the papers that I need to pass in order to finish my degree. Here's hoping for a B average, if not a B+ for both of them ;)

I have yet to hear from JET. They said that they would contact me at the beginning of April, so I guess it could be any day now. If God were to shut that door, it couldn't be anything but God. I have a decent amount of not only English teaching experience, but overseas experience and a lot of experience with students overall. Not to mention my passion for all things Japanese, which I hope I conveyed to those who were interviewing me back in February.

So now, it's just sit tight, wait for a favourable response, and try to stay on top of my study. I may even put more effort into ensuring that I pass this Japanese paper. Who knows :p