My first blog post

15 Mar

If you’re reading this, chances are you probably know me already, so feel free to skip this paragraph. But for everyone else, my name is Bridgett Hernandez, I’m 24 years old and I live in Fort Wayne, Ind. Last summer, I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in photojournalism. After graduation, I landed a job as a newspaper reporter in a small town not far from Fort Wayne. But a couple months ago, I decided to leave my job to pursue a new adventure — traveling to South Korea to teach English for a year! In just two weeks, I will embark on the biggest journey of my life.

Again, if you don’t know me, that probably sounds like a big, random leap, but this is something I’ve been thinking about and talking about for well over a year. So let me back up for a second. My roommate during my senior year of college, Mil-Al, was actually a South Korean exchange student. She was the one that told me about all the teaching jobs in her country and convinced me to take advantage of one of these opportunities. Over the year, we became very close friends. I was inspired by her adventurous spirit, and it was fun to see things from a foreigner’s perspective. I also loved hearing stories about South Korea. Mil-Al truly has a passion for sharing her culture. She even cooked a delicious Korean feast for my family before returning home. During our tearful goodbye at the airport, we promised each other that we would meet again soon. And here we are.

Okay, that heartfelt story might still leave some of your questions unanswered, so here are some quick facts. No, this is not volunteer work. This is an actual job with a salary and housing accommodations. No, I do not speak Korean. No, I do not have experience teaching in a classroom. Basically, the only qualifications the job requires are to be a native English speaker and to have a degree (in anything). The job’s also a good fit if you enjoy working with kids and find teaching to be rewarding:) For more information, check out Say Kimchi Recruting (the agency that helped me find a job in Korea).

Alright, that’s it for bringing everybody up to speed. So that brings us to today. I have secured a job in Daegu, South Korea at a hogwan (private language academy), but I have to complete the E2 visa process before I can board a plane. This will take about two weeks. In the meantime, my boyfriend, Chris, and I are house/cat sitting for our friends Lauren and Russell while they are on vacation in California for a week. They live just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, so this is a nice little vacation for us before I leave… and a good opportunity to start my blog:)

So what can you expect? Besides documenting my life in South Korea, I started this blog to share my photography and to write about food and anything else I find interesting. I can’t always promise it will always be exciting — hell, it’s almost 5 p.m. and I still haven’t left the house or put pants on (gimme a break, I’m on vacation). Nonetheless, I will try to update at least once a week. That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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