TEN DAYS LEFT!
Our implementing organization, iEARN, emailed us all a S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting worksheet to complete by Pre-departure Orientation. They had us list out a language learning goal, a goal for building cultural understanding, and how exactly we plan to achieve these goals. They weren’t exactly all that interesting (viewable through this link), but they got me thinking about what my personal goals are for the six weeks I’ll be spending in Korea.
I want to blog (almost) every day about my experiences, so I can look back on them later when memories of the trip begin to fade. Also, I want to share all the information I can with future NSLI-Y applicants.
If this gets to be too much, I might cut down the number of days a week I blog. But I can guarantee that I won’t stop posting completely.
2. Pushing myself
I want to push myself into the zone of discomfort not only in terms of language learning, but also in socializing with Korean people and others in my program. I feel like this is probably the only way I’ll be able to fully utilize this as a learning opportunity.
I already consider myself self-motivated and eager when it comes to language learning, but I could definitely work on pushing myself to speak more instead of just listening all the time.
The same could be said about socializing, really. I want to become friends with my host family members and a bunch of the amazing people on my program. Hopefully, I’ll leave Korea with connections that’ll last far longer than the time I’ll be there.
Socializing tends to be easier said than done for me, an introvert who’s
very a tad bit socially awkward. But writing it out here makes me feel more accountable and likely to at least try.
3. Eating everything
Except maybe intestines and pig feet…
I’m not really sure if I can call this a goal, but I want to try as many foods as I possibly can while I have the chance. I imagine that most of the pictures featured in my posts will be of said food. Oh, and on a side note, I want to take more pictures. I leave every single trip with just a few low-quality pictures…
4. Going to a lot of places and seeking out new experiences
I love schedules. A lot.
But I would hate for my tendency to get attached to schedules and stay in the house to leave me with regrets about things I should’ve done or places I should’ve gone to see. I’m going to try my best to just take things as they come and to say yes to situations I might not usually agree to.
And that’s about all I can think of right now. It’ll be interesting to see whether I was able to meet my goals at the end of the program.
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