w00t. summer "vacation".
my first full time job starts tomorrow. i'm grateful to have it, and excited to be making money that i can stuff into my savings account. but. meh.
i shouldnt complain, so i'll stop there.
my plans for my next academic year do not anywhere include San Francisco State. that's right;; i'm LEAVING. peh! good bye San Francisco, i loved you for a while but the rest of the bay area is so much prettier and for the most part far more sane.
next semester : a very, very brief return to junior college so that i can finish up those requirements for Berkeley. fingers crossed; maybe they'll bat an eyelash at my application.
but in the meanwhile!
after finishing those few units that i need to technically get into Berkeley, i'm planning on getting out of here for the spring. although i'm intensely frightened, i'm nearly committed to going to a foreign university.
any, either of these for this moment may include :
South Korea with SIT.
SIT is another section of programs run by the same people who took me to Brasil. The thing I love about SIT is that it's a very grown up program. Participants are expected not to just sit around at a foreign university and play student. No, they're expected to do far more. Aside from just running language courses and cultural seminars at a University, the program is actually a full, hands on field study for undergrads. Particpants are expected to fully study issues relevant to East Asian relations and how Korean identity works into that; anthropologically speaking and probably otherwise. So therefore, a possible stay in Korean migrant communities within either Japan or China is included.
Aside from the fact that there has to be at least one nuke aimed and ready for South Korea at all times, it sounds like a pretty enriching program. And I'll get to speak Japanese! XP
Kenya with SIT.
Obviously another SIT program, and this time in Africa. I think I'd rather go to Kenya than any other African nation because, well, I won't be the only Euro-head there! There are some international students that I've met from Kenya and they're white as snow, so the more diversity the better. I wont' feel as ostracized. I havent read everything about this program yet, but it has a purpose; which makes it ideal enough for me. Learning about health programs in Africa sounds alot more worth my time than getting drunk with Americans in San Francisco. Let's just hope I don't have to get on any of those mind cracker malaria pills again, if i go (>.<)
Victoria University of Wellington with IFSA Butler University
IFSA-Butler seems to have alot of interesting programs. None of them are as purpose-driven as SIT's, but they basically get students into a new country and still working toward their degrees. Good stuff. This particular program is in New Zealand- they have quite a few there, but out of all the NZ ones this one appealed to me most. I'll have to look into it more, though~ but for now it's definitely a possibility. And! They teach Japanese.
University of Warwick with IFSA-Butler University
Another IFSA-Butler program. Definitely enticing to me because they run on the seminar/tutorial system that I lust after. Anyone who is familiar with St Mary's Integral Program should know that their program is based around this system, as is St Johns College's entire voluptuous curriculum. Yum. Not to mention Mr. Boyfriend has been to Coventry, which is the town this University is in/near, and he has had nothing but great reviews. Away from the expensive hustle and bustle of London, yet still in the UK. And, they teach Japanese. This program is very Min compatible.
Just a peek into a few of the programs I'm looking to. Either way, I've gotta get moving on a decision~ deadlines are gonna be in a few months and I've gotta be gathering up resources ^^;