JET Program Shortlisted/Early Departure VLOG

Video

Just a short video about being shortlisted with the 2012 JET Program and my sporadic early placement in Kobe-shi, Hyogo.

I am Shortlisted!!!

I can’t even describe what im feeling at the moment!!!!!

I just rushed home early from work, ran to post box and there was my letter from the Japanese consulate, I vigorously ripped it open and tears swelled to my eyes as I read that I had been shortlisted for the 2012 JET Program! I’d go into more detail regarding the animalistic screaming and involuntary flash-dancing that ensured, however I shall abstain from elaborating and retain some dignity.

Its been an enduring period of anticipation leading up to the results (62 days in fact), I’m not exaggerating when I say that waiting is by the most difficult part of the JET Program application process.

For the past 2 months I have kept my mind off my ambiguous future by studying Japanese as much as humanly possible and occupying my evenings marathoning TV series. I became exceedingly engrossed in Zombie fiction after watching The Walking Dead and as a result find myself constantly criticality assessing buildings I pass on their potential of defending against the Zombie apocalypse………. yes applying for the JET Program probably definitely will make you this kind of crazy.

The wide range of emotions I have gone through during this period have been testing at times, everything from brash overconfidence to weeks of sleepless nights plagued by rejection (often zombie themed) nightmares.

However I always fell back on the thought that if I were to start the whole application process over from the beginning, would I do it any differently? Well no.

I worked harder putting together my Statement of Purpose and studying for my interview than I have for anything else in my entire life! God if I was this dedicated at university I would have graduated with honours. =P

One of the hardest contributing factors is not having anyone to talk about the frustrations one goes through waiting with (bar the forums) as the JET talk got old with my friends and family long ago. It would have been amazing to have a friend applying alongside me if only for the moral support.

I have read through the JET Program General Information Handbook (GIH) and found it incredibly informative, in fact I wish I had come across it prior to my interview as much of the information contained within it regarding conflict resolution and living in Japan is interview gold (note: the current years GIH is released in February each year)!!!

Now how to kill the time for the next month or so before placements are released…….

Waiting Is The Hardest Part…………

So it’s already been a month since my JET Program interview and the days seem to be passing me by ever so slowly.

Based on last years notification a gambling man would be betting on shortlist notifications to arrive around the 2-3rd week of April, so the road ahead is ever still long.

I am guessing I wasn’t selected for the early April departure (not that I was really expecting to be since there is only about 5% of applicants that are each year) but I am a little envious of those who were only because it would end this intolerable limbo.
Not that I’m in a huge hurry to jump country since I have a job to keep me busy and an investment property to sort out before I leave.

The thing is its not even the so much the waiting that’s killing me its the not knowing!! At the end of the day I started my application in September after all, so waiting I can do, its just bad for your soul to know the entire fate of the next few years of your life is hanging in the balance. I am really obsessed to the point where I have been having rejection nightmares!!!

Hopefully next time I post it will be with good news ^___^
Who waits like a good boy?