Hey, guys! Good news! Guess who finally heard back about Taiwan?!
Alright, a little back-tracking first.
So, you may have noticed that I have been hanging out at my old elementary school lately (where I learned about what cud actually is from a second-grader). This has been awesome, and I have been glad to do it, but I probably never would have even thought about volunteering at an elementary school if it hadn't have been for the fact that I was asked to do so for 10-15 hours before the school in Taiwan would really consider hiring me. So I did that last week, wrote up an essay on my experience at the school, and submitted a new teaching video. That made for a busy week as I had to do it all by Thursday so that I could hand everything in while I was up in Utah County on Friday (btw, that Carl Bloch exhibit at the MOA? Ah-mazing. I loved it. I wanted every single painting in there, but settled for the Pool of Betheseda. Still need a frame for it...). I am probably going to keep volunteering at the school this week, foot allowing.
This past Tuesday I was watching a movie at a friend's house when I got a phone call from ILP, so I excused myself and darted out the door to answer it. The school was apparently impressed with my new submissions and just wanted to clarify a few things before they made any final decisions.
Then yesterday afternoon happened. As Mom, Sister, and I were in the store right outside the Grizzly River Rapids Ride in DCA (Disney California Adventure for all you that are not in the know of the Disney acronyms), I got another phone call from ILP. The school decided to accept me! I have just finished reading over the handbook and the contract; I expect to send the contract back up to ILP on Monday. Assuming everything continues to work out, I will be teaching at the Berhan Language Institute in Feng Yuan, Taichung.
This new step in my life means many thing, but the most pertinent to the is blog is that I will be purchasing more storage space for my account so that I may continue to upload pictures. Hooray!
Oh, yeah. Also, I am officially graduated with my AA (I pass all of my classes with A's this semester, even, and 100% on at least one of my finals). Finally. After approximately six years of continued education. Go me!
Meanwhile, I cannot even tell you how many blogs I have read now about other ex-pats in Taiwan. I am so excited to go!