Things EPIK Doesn’t Tell You (or at least not straight away)

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There are a few things that I wish I had known at the start of my EPIK application process. None of these things would have stopped me from applying to EPIK, and it shouldn’t stop you either. However, it would have been nice to know more about what to expect from the start so I could have gone a little less crazy! (I admit, I did not do a whole lot of research about the actual application process before applying.) Today, I am sharing some things I learned, in hopes that your application process goes smoothly and with less questions and less crazy panicking!

DISCLAIMER: THESE POSTS WERE WRITTEN FROM MY EXPERIENCES as a successful applicant DURING THE FALL 2015 EPIK INTAKE. FUTURE PROCESSES OR FORMS MAY DIFFER. ALWAYS READ EPIK’S INSTRUCTIONS FIRST AND USE MY INFORMATION AS A SUPPLEMENT ONLY IF IT APPLIES.

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Guide to EPIK: My EPIK Application Timeline

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Today I want to share with you my process of becoming an EPIK teacher. I will warn you now, it was a very longgggg process for me. And by long, I mean 8 years long. I’m going all the way back to the day the idea first sprang into my head!

(Apologies to my friends and family who have subscribed to my blog and keep receiving e-mails about new blog posts which are all about applying to EPIK. I promise that my normal blogs will start in about two weeks when I leave for Korea!)

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Visa: Check!, Hotel: Check!, Flight: Almost Check!

안녕하세요!  Hello everyone!

I have some really exciting news! I finally have my visa! Ok, I don’t physically have it. It is still at the consulate. Last week when I went to the consulate to apply for my visa, I was given a ticket that said to return today, exactly a week later. I called the consulate this afternoon to confirm that everything is all set, and it is! I’ll be picking it up later this week!

Because my visa is now officially complete, I am able to go ahead and start the process of booking my flight and hotel. I decided that I will arrive in Korea the day before orientation begins. I get really anxious about any type of traveling, especially when flying is involved. I know that the first day of orientation will be very overwhelming with checking-in and meeting many new people. So, I am flying in a day early and giving myself time to unwind from my travel anxiety before going off to orientation. Continue reading