The title is a play on Mozart's 'requiem for a dream.' The humor you see, is that my dream is not dead. On the contrary it is alive and well.
I wrote another entry called 'relief'
not too long ago which was the short dramatic story about how I found
out that I had passed the first stage in a very competitive
job-selection process. Well, now I'm here to tell the dramatic tale of
how I landed the job! Yup! I got it!!
interviewed in late February and felt that I had done an exceptional job
after a month of practice and preparation. A wonderful friend of mine
(and former JET participant) helped me and my bf practice with mock
interviews. As for preparations, well, there were many months put into
research, internships, and volunteering to give myself every chance of
proving to them that I was a perfect fit for this program. On the day of
the interview, I did my best and let God do the rest as the saying
goes. I was relaxed, professional, conversational, and intuitive on how
We had been told that the results would be
announced in mid-April. So at work on exactly April 15th, I began to
wonder about my fate. People around would ask me if I was nervous about
or anticipating the results. Honestly though, I barely had time to think
about the results throughout the month of March. I was fully consumed
with finishing strong in my graduate studies and accordingly, planning
graduation celebrations. However, when April 15th did arrive, I started
to stare off in the distance more often, prompting those around me to
ask, "So, when will you know?" My answer, "sooooon."
had every confidence in myself that I was a perfect fit for the JET
Program but as I said in my last post, even the most qualified are not
always accepted. So with that in mind, I applied to second program
called Interac. Although JET was my dream, my determination to live in
Japan knew no bounds. Even with the tragic earthquake of March 11, my
resolve did not waiver, but it did make things more complicated.
Naturally, concerned family members and friends feared for my future
safety but I wasn't about to give up that easily. This dream had been
years in the making after all.
Friday, April 15th,
2011: A quite normal day if you don't count the plans to go on a ghost
tour for a friend's birthday that night. My boyfriend (who was also
awaiting results) and I were arguing one of our pointless arguments when
he noticed a new email on his computer screen.
was placed on the Alternate list which is not a no, but not a yes. A
limbo of sorts unless a position opens up. He got up, laid on his bed,
sighed, and closed his eyes. At the same time, I ran to my computer and
skimmed my email in a nanosecond and saw it, "Congratulations, you have
been selected to be on the short list of candidates.." basically
I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED!
how I imagined this moment to be especially since my boyfriend was
distraught in the next room. So instead of jumping for joy, tears of joy
came down my face.
I found out about the JET program
in high school and always saw it as not only a great experience, but my
ticket to living in Japan, my dream. Here I was eight years later being
told that it was going to happen. It was overwhelming and made me
overcome with how proud of myself I was.
Right now I am
still in the process of conducting background checks, visa
applications, and all the other necessary and timely steps that it takes
to employ someone in another country, but come July 30th, I will be
officially starting the next chapter in my life. I am SO excited!
Ironically this was my fortune from a fortune cookie last night:
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake
Until then, I will continue rejoicing for my dream come true.