Now that I’m officially on the shortlist for the JET Program, I can finally relax. It was a long process of not knowing for sure if I would end up going, but now it’s just a couple months of coasting before I take off.

I wanted to talk a little about what I’m expecting out of the program. I think it will be interesting to look back on this post in the future and see my thought process a week after being shortlisted. Continue reading Expectations


Although the JET Program’s application is something that is mostly done on your own, there are some parts that require the help of others. Namely, the letters of recommendation. Most people have professors or managers who they have aside to write letters of recommendation for them. Someone who knows them well enough to write a personal review of their character, and someone who has an impressive enough title to hold weight. I thought that was the case for me. Continue reading Recommendation


It seems like I’ve spent more time stressing about the Statement of Purpose than I have spent actually writing it. That being said, I’ve completed three drafts so far and plan on starting a fourth soon. Considering this is the biggest, most important part of the application, I can’t afford to submit anything that’s less than perfect. Continue reading Purpose