JET Program: How I Broke My Contract Early in the Wake of COVID-19

Nearly three weeks ago, I made the painful decision to part ways with my contracting organization and officially end my time on the JET Program four months early. My board of education proved they could not communicate with ALTs or guarantee safe working conditions. Although I wanted to continue working in Japan, there was tooContinue reading “JET Program: How I Broke My Contract Early in the Wake of COVID-19”

Maintaining a Healthy Long Distance Relationship

I was saving this post for further down the road, but since I know a lot of people are separated from their partners during the current global pandemic, I thought I might go ahead and share my thoughts on long-distance relationships.

Boost Language Learning as an Adult!

Learning a new language in adulthood is HARD! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever undertaken a more frustrating (but simultaneously rewarding) task. I’ve been studying Japanese since 2015—that’s including many semesters worth of college courses and time spent in Japan! Despite this, I’m only at the conversational level, and memorizing Kanji is still the baneContinue reading “Boost Language Learning as an Adult!”

Insecurities, Self-doubt, and Healing

Since no one can travel right now because of quarantines, I figured I’d write about something more personal and closer to home. If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced your fair share of self-doubt, insecurity, and jealousy. We’ve all been there. At an embarrassingly young age, I fell into the trap of comparing myself toContinue reading “Insecurities, Self-doubt, and Healing”

Learning How to Set Boundaries as an Adult

I realize this post is a little different from the content I usually post, but I think it’s important to talk about. When I was a child, my parents fought a lot leading up to their divorce. Because I was praised for being “obedient” and “well-mannered,” I learned to minimize my personal needs to receiveContinue reading “Learning How to Set Boundaries as an Adult”

Travel Won’t Solve all of Your Problems, but You Should Still Do It

In recent years, traveling has become more accessible than ever before. We can fly, drive, or take a train to all kinds of exotic and exciting destinations in just a few short hours—for a price, of course. Until college, the furthest away I had ventured from home was a nine-hour car ride to Florida. MyContinue reading “Travel Won’t Solve all of Your Problems, but You Should Still Do It”

Birth Control Abroad

Image from @rhsupplies on Unsplash Disclaimer! I am not a medical professional. The following post is based on my experience and personal research alone. Many people are on birth control for one reason or another. In addition to preventing pregnancy, these hormone therapies can regulate menstruation, treat a host of medical conditions like PMS, andContinue reading “Birth Control Abroad”

Why I’m not Returning to the United States During the Coronavirus

Since my last post, the general attitude towards COVID-19 in the United States has shifted from annoyance to fear. Sure, I still see quite a few people on my social media feeds posting memes about the virus and declaring the world is just overreacting, but with the sudden widespread cancellation of flights, schools, and importantContinue reading “Why I’m not Returning to the United States During the Coronavirus”

Dealing with an Outbreak Overseas: COVID-19 on the JET Program

I’ll admit that in the early stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated late last year in the Hubei province of China, I was not too concerned and felt quite safe in my small city in Japan. No one seemed worried, and it was business as usual for weeks. However, as infections began poppingContinue reading “Dealing with an Outbreak Overseas: COVID-19 on the JET Program”