A Low Blow

Monday, January 23, 2006

I made the mistake, if you can call it that, of checking websites of people who are interested in JET. I was actually looking for success stories but I found a lot of failures. So I read some of them to learn what not to do and some where blatantly obvious as to why they weren't chosen and then others seemed really good to me. I don't know why they weren't chosen. Which got me thinking, what if I'm not chosen? I've really been banking on the idea that, duh, I've gonna go...derh.

But what if I don't? I don't know what I'll do. Probably sit down on the floor for a few seconds and then come up with a plan. Just stand up and find something else to do. There's no reason to wallow in pity. That doesn't get me to Japan now does it.

So let me list out my great qualities, and you tell me if you think I'll make it. I need support!!!! ARE YOU WITH ME?!?!

1. I've visited Japan twice for two weeks each time. Loved it.
2. I've studied the Japanese language. I'm not very good but it's for lack of practice not lack of effort. (God, the effort I put into that!!)
3. I've had 11 exchange students at various times stay with me anywhere from two days to a month.
4. I've helped teach conversational English to Japanese students.
5. I made up the class "Japanese Culture" because they didn't offer it at my school. (I wanted it dammit, so I got it!)
6. A part of my major was Education. I have observed a number of different classes and had to write lesson plans for students ranging in grade level. ESOL was also one of those classes which taught me certain skills that help when teaching in a different language.
7. I am fluent in English.
8. I love learning about the Japanese culture.
9. I love talking. Especially about what I know, which is of course the American culture.
10. The school that I'm requesting is the sister school for my old High School. I have friends (teachers and administrators, not students) at both schools and I'm looking forward to creating pen pals, etc. I'm thinking of ideas that will help connect those schools better.

So what do you think? After looking back at these points...I think I've got a pretty good chance. I mean... DAMN!!! I ROCK!! I'm totally dedicated to this! I just hope they think so too. v(^_^)v

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dan said...

If there was ever a more determined person to get into that country, I've never met them. You totally have an 'in' with them. Hell, I'd say you would have a solid shot at a JET position if you had only listed half of those things.

You're golden! Untouchable! Go Nina!

Let me know when you get your letter, We'll have a Nina-is-so-awesome party and all your friends can come! Oh what a party that will be.

No one else in the world could offer those kids what you can. They need you. It’s your calling. The odds of you getting in are so much better than me getting my job. Ain’t no way in hell you won’t get picked.

So turn that frown upside down and start lacing up your ass-kickin’ boots. You’re gonna need them for that interview. Plus they match your purse.

Jessica said...

I'm totally RSVPing for that party... You kick ass and know it, trust me you'll get in (fo' sho)... And hey if you don't you'll still kick ass (not that I don't totally believe in your abilities) trust me, I recently was rejected from all med schools applied to and I still rock, oh well I'll just work in a chem lab next year, that's why I got this degree right?? But you, you I'm sure about, you will bring it, watch out world, here comes Nina and she's taking names!

Kimi said...

I can't wait for that party. Wahoo!!! I know that you will get in - because you are so determined.

Love You!!!

Kim

OSB said...

Good luck with JET. I had a pimp suit when I interviewed, but red streaks in my hair. May have hurt my chances, who knows?

I also told them that I'd probably get homesick, because everybody does. If I had to do it over again, I'd say I NEVER get homesick and that I think ALL Japanese food is delicious.

Oh yeah, and let me know when the party is. I might have to come back to Orlando for a couple of thinks.

Dipple said...

Ninaparty!!!!!! Rock on!!!!! Nina you will sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo get in. :)

Love ya-
Dipple

 
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