Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Today I'll Know More

The JET Program is a whole bunch of start early and then wait in phases, with a million bits of paperwork and reference letters and documents all folded origami style into ducks neatly lined up in a row properly copied and collated by around mid-November (to be safe), followed by finding out around the end of January (28th for me) you've been lucky enough to get an interview, then the interview itself in mid-February (the week of the 16th-23rd this year), waiting to hear the results early April (the 7th for me), then for the lucky ones a rush of more paperwork and fingerprints to send to the FBI (which I have to re-do, boo and hiss) and tax forms and getting the passport in order and a million other things due late April or early May (May 1st for me), and then waiting some more to find out, after all of that, where besides just the area generally known as the country of Japan you'll be placed.

Placement is usually announced around late May or early June, and it varies by country and by consulate (many in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, Canada, Singapore and some of the US Consulates - or at least some in Denver - have found out over the past handful of days). The Chicago consulate, where I had the pleasure of sweating in a hot/hawt black suit, will be announcing results today. Likely. They said likely.

OMFG, today I find out where I'm going! (Likely.)

I just may or may not know the exact city or school or possibly Board of Ed. Maybe just the prefecture, just enough of a bone tossed my way to occupy my mind while I wait to hear from my predecessor - in days or maybe weeks - who will have all the dirt on where I'll actually be living, what my rent will be, how long it will take to bike/ride the train/walk/crawl to work, whether I'm in the city or on a remote island, whether the other teachers are cool and basically what my next year will look like on the outside before I make it my own.

Waiting is the hardest part, and knowing that information is coming (likely) makes it harder to concentrate on, well, anything else, even if I have a list of stuff to do before I hit the road for Chicago tomorrow to celebrate a nephew's high school graduation. I'll likely have plenty to think about on the about 11 hours with pit stops drive, and maybe I'll have even more info before that trip is over, too, so that I can hurry up and get everything all lined up and wait for departure at the end of July.

I wonder what time today I'll (likely) hear and what my mental state will be by then...

9 comments:

  1. Zachary graduates on Saturday! And Sunday we leave - we're driving to Branson, Mo. We absolutely HAVE to have coffee or something. Call me when you get in. 'K?

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  2. i hope you get a good post--exciting! have a great road trip to Chicago--i need to get back there soon. :)

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  3. it sounds so wonderfully exciting!

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  4. Biting fingernails I'm sure!
    Enjoy your trip to Chicago, and the meet up with Lou and his family!

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  5. Oh hurrah for knowing more! Let us know when you find out :)

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  6. OMFG! I'm so excited for you! And I'll be googling the info - like prefecture, etc., when you find out, 'cause ya know, I SO want to go with you! I'm having serious Japan envy!

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  7. Oh, so can you tell the only thing MY mind is on? Forgot to mention, have a great trip to Chicago - return home safe & sound!

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  8. I can't imagine how you're dealing with the excitement today...I'm almost impatient myself to know where you will be. (Hugs)Indigo

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  9. So exciting! Hope you have a good trip home - we just got back from Chicago - weather was PERFECT!!!

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