One Year

Below is text from the email that rocked my world:

Dear Miss Carey,

Congratulations!  We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected for a US Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to Korea, South.  Shortly you will receive a letter from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board with further details of the award.

Today is a special day for me. A year ago today, on March 28, 2012, at 5:01 pm, I was informed of my status as a Fulbright grantee. Actually, the email came exactly one minute after I closed out of my email while working at the campus writing center. It was probably good thing, as I would have never been able to concentrate through my Irish Literature class. Instead, I would have thrown paper confetti everywhere as we read Ulysses. 

Yes, this year has been crazy, thrilling, and all-around a brand new thing. It’s been a fast year. I specifically remember thinking last year that “Oh, this time next year, I’ll almost be finished with my year in Korea. But I don’t have to worry, that’s a long time from now.”

Well, it wasn’t so long. I only have 108 days left in my contract. That’s just  little over three months. With my remaining time in Korea, I want to embrace as much as I can. Time is not only short, it’s blazing fast and will whip right by you in a second.

However, in this brief time, I’ve become a teacher, I’ve reevaluated my life path, and I’ve made brave new leaps in ways I could never imagine. I’ve learned a bit of Korean, learned to communicate with charades, went to Japan, flown on airplanes alone, and learned to respect the beauty of nature.

It’s funny what a year can do. It’s going to be great to see what the next 108 days hold.

Here’s to the year that was and the year that will be.

geon bae!



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