Things seem to be moving a lot faster now. I have regular contact with my recruiter with news of a new position, questions, answers and the like. Everything feels so rushed, and I’m paying for it dearly in both money and ulcers. Here’s what’s been happening so far:
April 7, 2015
I got an email from a recruiter (SY) with an interview opportunity in Suwon. However, the school is looking for a Korean who can speak Korean. I was honest with my abilities and explained that I would not be able to speak to parents comfortably.
April 8, 2015
– SY decided to set up the interview anyway. The interview was schedule for the same day at 10 pm EST.
– I contacted GOA’L which is an organization that helps adopted Koreans get F-4 Visas among other services. I also emailed the Korean Embassy/Consulate in Chicago trying to get more information about how to apply for the F-4. Both have been very helpful. I will have to write an entry about the process once I figure out how everything works.
– I sent out my fingerprints to Accurate Biometrics for an expedited FBI / CRC. This is where I’m feeling rushed. Because I am able to start a job in Korea in mid-June, I am getting a few offers from schools with early enrollment. In order to get these jobs, I have to have my background check completed and apostilled. I have to expedite everything which means it costs a boatload more money. The schools that I am getting offers from are mostly hagwons and not the kind of job that I want. So why don’t I save a few bucks and wait for the public school jobs to open up?
Great rhetorical question that I’m going to answer anyway!
I have this weird feeling of everything hanging over me. Andrea! You have to get your fingerprints processed! Andrea! You have to get your FBI/CRC apostilled! Andrea! You have to apply for your Visa! I feel like everything is concentrated into a big mess of stress. Yes, I could pay $18 and wait patiently for 6-8 weeks to have my fingerprints processed by the FBI. But that’s not the kind of person I am. Paying $60 for the rushed processing and delivery will be worth every penny once I am able to breathe a sigh of relief.
This process has been a weird mix of anticipation, excitement, anxiousness, and frustration. I want to get all the red tape stuff out of the way so I can concentrate on the job search, interviews, and enjoy daydreams of life in Korea. If that means a burning a small hole in my pocket to speed the process along, so be it.
April 8, 2015 cont’d
[My Interview with EOS in Suwon]
April 10, 2015
Received electronic FBI/CRC results from Accurate Biometrics.
April 11, 2015
– Got rejection email from EOS recruiter.
– Officially joined GOA’L as a member.
April, 14, 2015
Received hard copy of FBI/CRC results from Accurate Biometrics.
To Do – Due Tomorrow:
1) Send Holt Children’s Services paperwork for my Adoption Certificate (입양사실확인서)
2) Send FBI/CRC to be apostilled.
To Do – ASAP:
1) Finish and turn in EPIK application.
2) Research SMOE and decide if I want to apply.
To Do – Later:
1) Send a ton of crap to the Korean Embassy/Consulate for F-4 Visa.
2) Ponder if I am willing to work for a hagwon if I can’t get a job in public schools.