As of right now, I still don’t know my placement. This isn’t unexpected, as we were told that our placements would come to us late May or early June, but I can’t help getting a little anxious.
It’s definitely not a bad kind of anxious. Nothing like waiting to hear about about getting an interview or hearing your results, but this is the last big unknown on the JET Program. The good thing is that whatever news I receive, it can only be positive. At least I don’t have to worry about potentially being rejected like before.
When I first got news of my upgrade, I was beyond excited for several weeks. I hit a high for a while, where I was searching everything I could about JET and Japan. It was so exciting to actually be going back, and for an extended period of time. I watched all the vlogs, travel videos, and house tours of as many JETs I could find. I even had dreams about my potential apartment.
Time went by and the initial excitement slowly and predictably wore off. Going to Japan just kind of became a thing that I was doing. You quickly realize how there is a massive gap between how much you want to talk about JET and how much people want to listen.
Other concerns eventually crept in my head… What about my phone bill? How long will it take to set up internet? What if my predecessor leaves me with a trashed apartment? Will I have to buy a car? Having lived in Japan before, I know how big of a headache it can be to go through the mountains of paperwork required to do pretty much anything in the country. I can’t say that I’m too excited about that aspect, and I’m sure there are plenty of other things to consider that will bring me back to reality.
What makes all of these concerns harder to process is the fact that, for nearly two months, we haven’t even known where we’ll end up in Japan. How am I supposed to decide what clothes to pack if I don’t even know what part of the country I’m going to?
While I was waiting, I actually spent time memorizing the prefectures in Japan so that as soon as I get my placement, I will immediately know where I’ll be and won’t even have to waste a second Googling it. Call it obsessive, but there’s only so much that I can research while I wait.
Obviously, all of these questions will be answered with time. There’s no sense in getting worked up about it, because all I can really do at the moment is wait. However, we’re getting close to the home stretch, and as soon as I know my placement I can really delve into the specifics of what to plan for.
I’m sure that I’ll look back on this post and laugh about how nervous I was about all of this. In reality, two months is not that long of a time to wait, and I’m sure when I do get my placement it will give me more questions than answers.
We’re almost there, and even though this post will be pretty much irrelevant in a matter of days, I still think it’s important to document how I feel at every step of the way. Time feels a lot longer when you’re waiting on big news, and I feel like I’ve been going in slow motion since the application opened last September.
I’m sure I’ll be writing a ridiculous amount once I find out where I’m going, if only to get all of my thoughts sorted out. But in the meantime, it looks like I’m going to go back to obsessively checking my phone and having a mini-freakout every time I see an email notification.