Where do I even start with recounting everything that has happened within the last two weeks? It’s somewhat overwhelming trying to recall it all, but I’ll give it a go!
Last Week of TaLK Orientation
Our last week of orientation consisted of mostly lectures and practicums. We all had to do a solo-teaching practicum (10 minutes) and a co-teaching practicum (20 minutes).
I was given the topic of “ordinals” for my solo-teaching practicum. Since I’d never taught before, I was really nervous. Thankfully, my solo-teaching practicum went fairly well. The activities I had planned went smoothly, and I was able to finish within the given time frame.
My co-teaching practicum didn’t go quite as well…I was partnered up with a girl in my class, and we were given the topic of “directions”. Ironically, we crashed and burned at giving clear directions for the activities we had planned. We also struggled with classroom management. My co-teaching practicum went so awry that I felt the need to buy a chocolate ice cream bar afterward to cheer myself up. Although it didn’t go very well, it was still a worthwhile experience. At least now, I’m more prepared for how bad things can go.
To end the final week of lectures and practicums, we had a talent show Saturday evening. I was definitely impressed to see how talented my peers are!
A Weekend in Daegu
After the talent show, we were given the opportunity to leave for the rest of the weekend again. This time, a small group of us decided to hit up Daegu. Our weekend in Daegu went much more smoothly than our weekend in Busan. We partied all night Saturday and crashed in a love motel the morning after (but no love was made). In Korea, people party so hard…Clubs are open until five in the morning. You can literally party until the sun goes up.
After a crazy night out, we decided to have a chill day in Daegu on Sunday. We did a bit of shopping, played pool, ate delicious bingsu, and finally ended the day with a game of bowling.
On Monday, we finally received our transfer of duties packet which showed our placement. I found out that I was placed in the county of Seocheon in Chungnam province, and my roommate was placed in the city of Jeonju in the province below mine (about 1.5 hours away). I was a little bummed that I was placed so far away from Seoul, but I was happy that I would at least be close-ish to my roommate.
“Holy Shiz. I’m moving to the boonies.”
The majority of the scholars going to Chungnam were placed in the cities. Unfortunately, I wasn’t part of that majority. I’m not going to lie, I definitely panicked at the idea of being out in the boonies. Would I be living in a shack next to cows?! (That actually happened to a TaLK scholar before…)
Following our POE meeting was our closing ceremony and farewell supper. We spent the rest of the evening packing and saying goodbye, or rather “see you soon”, to all the new friends we made during orientation.
On Tuesday morning, we waved goodbye as we boarded the bus that would take us to our respective province.