What should I do with my life?
OK. I have been teaching in a school district here in California for the past 3.5 years. Being a new teacher, they have moved my grade level and school site every year. I am SICK of it. I feel like I am burning out. I have begun to despise my job and do not look forward to it like I used to. I am worrying about my students 24/7….correcting papers, planning lessons and tests, dealing with school politics, etc. I have been thinking if this is really the path for me. Oh yeah, I am 29. So…I have asked to take a leave of absence to clear my head. I have recently taken an ESL course so that I could teach overseas. I have taught English abroad for a year in China for one year back in 2004…and loved it. I am considering teaching abroad in Hong Kong or Tokyo for two years, then maybe go to a different country to teach. I love travel, and feel that this is best for me. However, if I do this, I will lose my tenure at my current school site. I will not have pension, or all that retirement stuff.
My issue is whether I should go for my passion (travel) and teach abroad, or stick with something stable. Even though I hate it, I will be working for the money. Is that a good reason to work? Ugh. I am 80% sure that I want to travel abroad, but worry about how I will survive when I am like 60 and ready to retire….what would I have to support me then? :S Any suggestions? Thanks~
Do something you hate and it will burn you out. How about learning how to invest in long term Mutual Funds there some that have been stable over many years. There should be a way to put a % of money away for retirement. My boy shares your passion for traveling. I decieded to let him travel one summer by himself at sixteen I was nervous . But he took to it had a great time. He now is in his third year at a University on the Dean’s list and figured out how to pay for it. Won money on want to be a millionaire now going broke just got notice to try for Jeopardy college. He dreams then makes it happen. At the moment doing a internship at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. Life is full of risks but the rewards can be much. Find a way to make your dream comes true. As a English teacher and if you have email listed I’ll send you his link to his travel journal Remember at the time he was sixteen I think you will find it interesting
Need help with Asia travelling in summer 2010?
Next summer my boyfriend and I plan on travelling to China, Japan, and South Korea.
I am having a hard time figuring out cheap flights.
I will be flying from Newark or any of the NYC airports around June 29 or 30, 2010.
What route should we take to get the lowest airfare for these cities:
We will spend about a week in each country.
Time is not an issue really, I just want to get the best deal.
I would also like airline suggestions or anything else helpful for that matter.
Air tickets prices fluctate according to season and time of year. As you’re going to 3-4 places in Asia, the slow/peak season may not coincide in all of the places. Each airline will have its special promotion fares according to its own schedule of the year so it’s difficult to say which airline is the cheapest. However Dragonair’s and Cathay Pacific’s services are among the best in Asia.
June is usually a slow season in Asia but end of June may be somewhat in between, so you better book your seats by February the latest in order to get the cheapest fare available.
Hong Kong is a great place to visit, as confirmed by a recent CNN poll. It’s also the only tax free city in Asia. Check www.DiscoverHongKong.com and www.CXHolidays.com Enjoy your trip!
What’s the deal with H1N1 (a.k.a. Swine Flu)?
Here’s my take on it:
Isn’t H1N1 basically a strain of flu? You treat it like a normal flu, and it has the same mortality rate as the normal flu some people get every year. So pretty much, for every person that dies from H1N1, there’s another person who will die from the “regular” flu strain.
Well, I’m leaving for Hong Kong/China in the next two days, and all my relatives have been freaking out. They warn us that we shouldn’t come because it’s DANGEROUS.
The only downside I can see to this is if the disease spreads to helpless third world countries, and/or slums/ghettos/etc, because of the lack of resources.
Other than that, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE DEAL??! Is it really that bad? Or is it just political hype? Why is everyone making such a big deal out of it?
It honestly just feels like a political scam to brainwash our minds into stopping/halting/slowing immigration and emigration, and vacations, and basic traveling. I don’t see the need to freak out. I get the flu every year, this is just happens to be a weird strain of some-sort.
But I need to know what I should be believing out there.
Thanks guys! (Best answer to the person that solves my problem/question)
I will probably conclude FOR MYSELF after I have taken everyone’s opinion/statements into account.
I don’t waver the life of my family through Yahoo! Answers. I am trying to find a reasonable argument when my relatives start acting really ridiculous towards H1N1, so I can explain to them, with confidence. That the strain is literally JUST THE FLU (but right now I feel as if I am the only one that feels this way, the rest of the U.S. has pretty much ignored it unless someone has died)
It’s definitely spreading out here. Australia has the most cases. Here in Thailand things are heating up. We have human to human transmission now in a school and in some discos for sure. Two Taiwanese came here for a vacation and as they arrived back in Taiwan the Taiwanese checked them. They registered in having the flu so Thailand was informed and the Thai government went to a resorts are and people are starting to test positive there. It’s here and spreading quickly enough now. I don’t think you can stop it. You are either going to get it here in asia or back in the states. The fear about this flu has more to due with its ability to mutate faster than other flu strains. There are some expectations that it will mutate in to a more deadly strain which our current treatment will not be ready for. At that point people may die much more often. But it is very possible that won’t happen.
Is it ok to have a “back up” bridesmaid?
Here’s the deal, my older sister is an english teacher and she travels for her job. She is currently home but her next job will take her to Hong Kong in December. She’s pretty sure she won’t be home for my wedding in May. She was supposed to be my matron of honor but since she’s pretty much skipped out on dress shopping and helping in every other way, I think I’m going to have my best friend be my MOH. I still want my sister in the wedding but she’s almost positive that she won’t be able to come. She wants me to change the date to a month later so she can be there, but the thing is, I had the date picked before she decided to go to China and she knew about it. Is it ok to ask one of my friends to be a back up bridesmaid in case my sister doesn’t show? Or would it be better just to plan on my sister not being there?
I don’t want to change the date. It has significance to my fiancé and me. And she knew about it before hand. This is why I’m angry with her. My MOH will be my best friend but I’m not sure if I should count my sister out of my wedding party or cut the party down in size or what.
If you have another friend you would like to ask, just ask her. It may put your bridal party out of balance number-wise, but many people have different numbers of guys and girls. If you end up with one extra bridesmaid, just have one groomsman walk two girls into the reception. If you sister can’t make it, then you’re still even in numbers.
Can any profession in graphic design help me revise my personal statement?
After so many years immersed in the field of art, I once again look back and find that the little girl was always sitting in the art room. What does she pursue? What her life is missing? I answered my question today, and this is why I choose to apply this programme. I love art, I really do. Frankly, I think art has become a part of my life, but I still want more, like expanding the depth of my creative thinking and broaden the width of my vision. Therefore, I need a ladder leading me to another gradation and I look forward to this day.
I studied for a Higher Diploma in Visual Communication in Hong Kong, which I achieved in 2006. During this course I gained knowledge and skills in various aspects of graphic design and enjoy every minute of it. I especially like typography, corporate identity, branding and photography. Sometimes I am looking for a simple and original way to execute my work instead of using the computer, the principle of design help me a lot in this category. I would love to create innovative works with my unique styles. I always have great passion in this and I would like to turn it into a successful career.
After I finished the higher diploma, I have worked for a few companies, the first job I got is a small graphic design agency. I create design items for my clients, such as calendar, wine packaging, logos. It is an interesting job because I can create different kinds of design work. But I got a chance to work for a large enterprise soon after, this enterprise is doing a good business, which I think I have more things to learn, and then I changed my job. I was a junior graphic designer in that company and my superior is a creative director, in the early stage, most of the time I was doing simple design layouts such as posters, flyers and some cut and paste artworks, but I learnt the important of teamwork when I work with many colleagues, and my superior taught me a lot. I always had a chance to work in an exhibition or large event afterwards. I used to create billboard in railway station and the exit of the tunnel. My work had a high exposure in that project which I was really proud of it, although in the days of retrospect this is not a big deal because I progress and those training made me mature.
I am an outgoing person. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming. I also enjoy traveling to different countries and taking beautiful photographs, which can enhance my cultural understanding and make me more open-minded as an individual. I have also been to many exhibitions such as Hong Kong Heritage Museum recently. There is an exhibition called ‘Pixar: 25 Years of Animation’. Steve Jobs always inspire me, he is a successful person who got talents and has the knowledge between art and business in my mind. The exhibition has shown the development of each animation and it is amazing. I most appreciate the arrangement on the composition, lighting, coloring and storyline of their animation. Also, I love writing story too, I write my own stories in my spare time. Publishing a book is one of my dreams, from writing, designing to publishing, even marketing, I started to do this for a while and I wish my dream would come true one day, yet I knew that still a long way to go because I still have many things to learn.
Thought my years in school I learnt how to try my best to achieve what I am aiming. I am very much looking forward to this new chapter of my life with the intellectual challenges and the social opportunity that will be open to me. I pursue the depth of learning art, to cultivate how to observe things and how to execute things in a better way. I believe university is the best place to link up different kinds of people and sharing something same – looking for an ideal life and a better environment for independent work. I truly look forward to honing my artistic skills at Middlesex University and facing the future with confidence.
A couple of things that I would change. First, begin with a better attention grabber. You may want to start with some kind of story. Something that engages the reader.
I have no idea why you included the sentence that you enjoy swimming.
I don’t have time right now to really edit your statement, but if you email it to me, I will have more time to spend on it.
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