The food is easily my favorite thing about Korea. This will be shocking to hear for anyone who knows me at all. I'm the kind of person who eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac and cheese, and chicken nuggets on a regular basis. My friends used to joke that my sexual fantasies included swimming… Continue reading What Korean School Lunch is like
"You said you need to lose weight, right?" my date said between slurps of noodles. "I don't think I said that." "Oh." He put down his noodles and went back to the chicken, unbothered. "You said something about how Korean girls are so skinny." "Yes." I poured myself more beer. "That doesn't mean I need… Continue reading My Korean Dating Disaster
I spend a lot of my lesson-planning time laughing at the English textbook that I'm required to teach from. On more than one occasion, I've had to explain to my students that the textbook is wrong, so please ignore every single picture and video that teaches you this very incorrect English. I'm not sharing this… Continue reading English Textbooks in Korea are Hilarious
Half-Asians have a spider sense for other half-Asians. It's hard to describe what, exactly, makes someone "look" half-Asian. I've met halfies with pale skin and dark skin, straight black hair and curly light-brown hair and everything in between. Yet, somehow, we can always find each other in a crowd. That's why, when a skinny girl… Continue reading Being Half Asian in Korea
Very late PSA: I'm going to Seoul as an English teacher with EPIK next week... ...and sometimes I wonder how I'm going to make friends with my elementary Korean skills. After all, so much of our personalities is conveyed through our words. As a writer and English teacher, the very foundation of my career is… Continue reading How Can You Make Friends in Your Second Language?
A wild Kylie crawls out from a cave, even paler than before (which is really a feat, since she was already a bed sheet, so just imagine that her skin is literally translucent), hair untamed (not that hard to imagine), clothes tattered and squinting in the blinding sun, holding something triumphantly above her head, baby-Simba-the-opening-scene-of-the-Lion-King style.… Continue reading I graduated hooray
Zoe Sugg, an English internet celebrity known for her makeup tutorials and funfetti cupcake recipes, published her debut novel, Girl Online, in 2014. The YA romance discussing cyber-bullying and mental health sold 78,109 copies in its first week on shelves, more than any debut novel since 1998. Sugg's name appeared on both the New York Times… Continue reading How Youtubers Are Buying the Best Seller List
Yesterday I came back to work, ready to unpack, sweep, and possibly spray another round of bedbug spray over my suite before the students came back on the bus, only to find that my keys were locked in the office and no one could let me in. I sat by the front desk and started… Continue reading What is your dream?
Imagine that you're 20 years old, starting your third year of college as a Creative Writing Major, and justifying your $30,000 loans to your parents with daydreams of making the New York Times Best Seller List. You know the statistics. You know that most books never sell more than 200 copies. Still, you imagine the… Continue reading What if I never “make it”?