Yesterday I was studying at university, well, trying to. I have a lot of important deadlines come up, including deadlines for year abroad applications, and mix those with mandatory homework that we receive every week, including for those modules I have deadlines for, it makes for a whole big ball of stress and tears. My work didn’t seem to have any point to it and as I started to think about what I want to do in the future, my whole degree didn’t seem that useful either.
A procrastination method of mine, yesterday in particular, was to look up teaching abroad programmes in Korea and Japan. Yesterday I was researching the EPIK programme (English Programme In Korea – http://www.epik.go.kr/), where I can go to Korea and teach English for 1 year or more, paid, with a free studio apartment. I was also researching how to get my TEFL/TESL qualification, which would hopefully mean I would get a higher salary when I eventually apply for/do EPIK.
This got me thinking about future plans.
I have now written down in a word document my vague life plans for the next 3-4 years, what I want to do, when I will have to apply for them, etc.
Being a student isn’t the easiest thing in the world, nor is deciding what you want to do, nor is waiting for the time when you are able to do what you really want to do. Make a plan and how to get there, and knowing your goals, it will make the work that you’re doing right now that much easier.
UPDATE: I am no longer applying for the teaching assistantship in Peru. The details were not as I had translated them (the presentation was done in Spanish) and they were a lot less favourable than how I had thought them to be! I will now be going with my original plan and applying to study in Montpellier and Seville. 🙂