"Part Deux" will chronicle my adventure from start to finish of my application process toward the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Program and (hopefully) my life in Japan under the JET Program. This blog is meant to inform the audience about life in Japan through MY experience and MY perspective. With that said, if you have any questions regarding Japan, the JET Program, and something I may have posted please let me know.
I received my placement this month and was extremely excited to find out where I'd be placed.
I found out that my new home for the next year, at least, will be in Hokkaido Japan. I was at first quite surprised and disappointed about my placement. My top choices were Kansai and Okinawa, so to be placed in Hokkaido was a bit of a shock.
This shock turned quickly to excitement, as I began to research and learn more about Hokkaido and my small town. My disappointment wasn't because I was placed in Hokkaido, but more because I had such strong desires to be placed in my preferences. I recognize that many people put a lot of time and energy into having JETs in their towns and schools and I need to do what I can to respect their efforts. I also know that where ever I was going to be placed I was going to do my best for the Job, but also to truly become a part of the community.
Well, if anyone is considering the JET program and really have a strong desire toward placement, please don't let a disappointing placement prevent you from taking part in this experience. You have only two options to deal with a disappointing placement and that is to quit or stick with it. Though living up north in the cold is a definite change for me, I'm willing to try new things and am excited for a new experience.
My next post should be right before I leave for Japan.