Yesterday was a really major day for me! I stopped by the Korean consulate and picked up my visa, so now it’s finally official–this whole “moving to Korea” thing is REALLY HAPPENING!!!
I swear, the moment I got my passport back in my hands, I could have done a little jig right there in front of the teller window smack in the middle of the consulate lobby, but I held my excitement in until I reached my car. Let’s just say that I sang very loudly on the drive home. With a visa in hand, I was also able to book a flight to Seoul yesterday, so there’s nothing official left for me to apply or prepare for.
I just can’t believe it! I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, hoping and praying I’d get accepted to the EPIK program, and now it’s all finally coming together!
While I am ecstatic, I am also scared out of mind!! There are so many things to think about and do. I have to make appointments for the doctor, the eye doctor and hopefully a dentist as well (while I am still on my parents’ insurance!); I have to notify my bank of my departure, rearrange some funds, and set up a credit card; I have to think about what kind of mobile phone service plan I’ll need once I’m in Korea; I have to go shopping for work-appropriate clothes, shoes and some travel necessities; I have to file a special form for tax exemption; I REALLY need to squeeze in some last minute Korean language studying (because I’ve been slacking a lot lately) and most importantly, I have to figure out what I’m going to wear on the flight! (Just kidding, but only a little. Hey, amazing airport fashion is essential in my book!!)
I’m sure there are some other things I have to do that I’m forgetting, but this is all I can come up with at the moment. I’m constantly vacillating between “totally stoked” and “paralyzed with fear” so I’m kind of riding a roller coaster of emotions right now.
I just bought a massive suitcase trio, so I’m going to go inspect the insides and try to visualize how I’m going to pack all of my belongings…may the Gods of Tetris look favorably upon me…