the last 100 days


As of today, I have 100 days left until I return home. I’m eager to be back, but at the same time, there’s so much I want to do here. We have quite a few trips planned, but even so, it feels like the time is flying by. Other teachers have been telling me the second semester would drag on, that it was the hardest, and so on, but I haven’t found that to be true yet. The time, if anything, seems to be accelerating, the weeks speeding by while I try to keep up. Maybe the pace will slow down eventually, but by then it’ll be nearly time to leave.

I want to take advantage of these last days, rather than just count down to zero, so I made a to-get-done list. Better and more urgent than a to-do list, eh?

To Get Done:

  • Visit Alishan and Green Island
  • Get letters of recommendation from my employer
  • Figure out a good curriculum outline for ESL students anywhere in the world
  • Create a unique lesson plan
  • Spend as much time as possible with my Taiwanese co-workers
  • Start the projects here I need to
  • Apply for three more major scholarships
  • Create a degree plan/five-year plan
  • Choose a new bank for investing
  • Organize possessions – leave what I don’t need

As you can see, the list is diverse, probably random, ranging from finances to travel. The end of my time here is coming up fast. I may never return, although I’d like to, and there’s a chance I won’t see some of people I’ve met again. It’s a terribly sad thought, so I want to take full advantage of all my 100 days.


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