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KimchiAndHoney
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Greetings everyone! My name is Melissa and I just stumbled onto this community today. I am happy to see websites like this and I can't wait to start talking to you all. ^^
I am currently living in South Korea but I'm from Arizona and North Carolina. Anyone else from those places?
Anyway, just wanted to say hello. Feel free to hit up my profile!

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ForeLone
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Glad to have you here!

Wow you actually work and live in south korea! We would love to hear more about your experiences, positives or negatives. Btw, do you mind sharing your reason or reasons for moving so far away?

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Well....I have never been a really patriotic person. I knew at a young age that I would live outside of the United States as soon as I could. I've always been very open to learning about other people and their cultures and I gravitated toward Asian people naturally. My Mother likes to joke that it's because the first person I saw when I came out of the womb was her Asian doctor but I can't really explain my obsession.
It was only a matter of time before I moved to Asia. An opportunity presented itself while I was teaching in Arizona. A friend of mine from high school was teaching English in Korea and she was now in a position to help her school  hire new teachers. When she asked me if I was interested, I jumped at the chance. I didn't end up taking the position at her school but it got the ball rolling and I looked into other possibilities.
I am here to teach but also to learn as much as I can. I am studying the Korean language and learning a lot about myself as well. Teaching in Korea is a relatively stress-free lifestyle. I do not work the LONG hours that I worked in the States. I'm paid better here and my school pays my rent. They even paid for me to move here! I am working on my second Masters degree and I couldn't have picked a better time to do it because I have more time to study and research than ever before. Don't get me wrong, teaching is not an easy job no matter where you do it but I find that I don't have to deal with a lot of the little extra things like I did in the States. After 6 years of teaching in NC and AZ, I was completely burned-out from going above and beyond in order to make sure that my students got what they needed. I still do that but it's somehow easier here. 
I'd be happy to share my experiences with whoever is interested.  :0)

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