- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
I move back to the States next week after living for two years in Japan as an English teacher in the public school system. I came here straight out of college. I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited to be near my Boyfriend or Best Friend, even though I worry sometimes, and the moment I see him waiting for me at the luggage claim will be the most perfect moment of my life to that point.
But now I’m just so worried about getting home. I don’t know how I’m going to make money. I’ve been offered a few small, part-time positions, and those will be ideal for now, but they won’t put bread on the table long-term. I need to get a real job that pays enough to survive and preferably has benefits.
I’m interested in teaching. I’ve really enjoyed it here. I don’t have teaching certification, though. I’m looking at a few alternative certification programs, but it’s ridiculous. The Dallas ISD program looks great, but it won’t let me apply because the website is under construction. The local community college website doesn’t say anywhere when the next course begins, and when I called them, I was transferred from department to department four different times before finally getting voice mail, and I couldn’t give them a number to call me back at because I don’t have one until I get back next week.
In addition, these programs cost money. I need money to get training, and I need training to get a job, and I need a job to get money. Makes it kind of difficult to get my foot in the door. I don’t know what to do.
Nobody wants to give me insurance, either. It’s absolutely necessary for me, too: I’m asthmatic, and my lungs hate Texas. I’ve been denied so many times, sometimes just because I haven’t lived in the States recently. I don’t know what I’ll do to get my meds. And, God forbid, what if my appendix blows up or I get cancer or I break a leg? I need insurance.
At this point, I’m ready to just say screw it, move to Tokyo, and get a private eikaiwa job there. At least I’d have insurance and steady employment.
I hate being an adult in America, and I haven’t even started it yet. I just don’t know how I’m going to survive. 🙁
Suggestions? Empathy? Rotten tomatoes? Anything?