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Stay or Leave? Now or Later?
Vanessa_Williams
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Ever since I left Japan, I have been working part time as a Receptionist. I don't make much money, but every bit helps. Currently, I'm studying for a Teacher Certification Exam that I must take this June. I graduated with a degree in Education, and I just need to take this test to become officially certified as a teacher. I have already taken (and failed) four times already. I didn't want to re-take this exam, since I have failed so many times. Now, I have built up enough confidence and motivation to studying for this exam and passing it. That is not even the most difficult dilemma that I have to face. 

After becoming certified as a teacher, I have two choices on where I would like to teach. My first choice is to stay in where I am and to teach in the local schools. I could teach while paying off my Student Loans. My second choice is teach overseas for a second time. This time, however, I plan to teach in England. 

Relocating in England has been in the back of my mind for a year now. I have been fed up with America and the issues that have been going on for the past 20 years. Watching the news has been exhausting. I'm ready to leave America for good. I don't know if I should find a teaching position and leave as soon as I receive my Certification or if I should wait. If I plan to wait, I could save up money and pay off my debt. That option would be a bit difficult. In addition, I'm getting older so I don't want to waste anymore time. I still plan to go back to school to obtain my Cosmetology License, so I may enroll in a school in London. 

I'm really thinking about teaching abroad a second time and this time, I think it will be a permanent stay. I've done research on life in England as an American citizen. The information that I have come across have been pretty positive. However, I'll continue to discover more information on teaching and living in England. I'm aware that things are done differently. Unlike Japan, I will be able to communicate with people when I'm there. In addition, I have heard how diverse England is. I think it will be a decision that I must think about thoroughly...



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