It has been more than half a year since I arrived in South Korea for the TaLK program and I have not written about my time as much as I should.
A new semester has started, I begin working on my side hustles with photography as well as being an indie author, and looking for an online school to complete my Bachelors’ of Art in before my contract here ends.
Which should explain the title of this post a bit better 🙂
All roads are now leading to American Public University. Luckily the Teach and Learn in Korea program accepts students without their BA and I fully intend to make good use of my time left here to complete mine. Back home I was too busy with trying to keep steady work to pay for the basics (rent,insurance, food, etc.) to even consider finishing up my BA. And, if I am completely honest, I was not interested in doing so. After years of going through the ringer with Sallie Mae and the whole higher education system, all while being borderline broke all the time, I was done trying to obtain something that no longer seemed necessary to me.
Though after being in South Korea for a few months, I realized that I wanted the option to continue teaching here. And with the TaLK program, you can only teach for up to 2 years without your BA, so I decided to use this time to get mine. That was the easy part. Finding an online school that I could afford was not. I am still broke, but at least my current job (because that is what TaLK is after all) I now have hours of free time to devote to studying and taking classes.
Finally, after talking with a friend, I learned about APU (American Public University). They have a pretty awesome BA program for English with the option to concentration on Writing. Tuition is reasonable, so I applied. And was directed to their sister program with Straightline. I was upset at first, but when I read more about it, I was thankful for the change in plans. Straightline is even cheaper than APU and the courses that I take will apply for APU. AND…I can go at my own pace.
After 4 successfully completed courses, I am guaranteed acceptance into APU! I plan to transfer my credits from my last college to them in a few weeks. In the meantime, I have to prepare to take college algebra.
I am really not great at math ya’ll!
But I have to get it done – before taking any other classes. Because I know that it is the one that could potentially hold me back if I don’t complete it right away.
I’ll be sure to check in again with more TaLK related stuff for those of you interested.
See ya next time Musings!