It’s not that she wanted to quite writing in the blog, but more that she didn’t think anyone would be interested in what she had to say. After the study abroad trip ended, what was so special about her everyday life that warranted a blog post? Apart from the (maybe) one international trip a year, the occasional weekends away in Virginian cities (Norfolk is SO interesting!), and the sporadic drives home following a most unwelcome bout of anxiety, her life wasn’t all that exciting. Of course, that’s not to say that travel is the only thing that excites one’s life, but stress over studying, monetary worries, drama of the male variety and other perks of college life didn’t seem like engaging enough material for the average blog-reader. Blogs so easily turn into online journals, but without all the deep, intimate thoughts and concerns she keeps in her real journal (and refuses to share with the outside world), she knew that the post-study abroad blog would quickly become a more boring version of what it previously was and thus totally unappealing to any potential readers.
So she decided to do something different, and, risking coming off as yet another pompous, arrogant millennial, she went full third-person. So, dear reader, keep in mind that Carly isn’t so egocentric such that she finds her life important enough to be narrated omnisciently, but rather she’s doing this for your sake — so you don’t have to suffer through any more “Today I…” or “This weekend was such a special time!” or “We all boarded the bus and headed off to…”types posts, but can instead enjoy this blog like a set of short stories. Although you may still view Carly as a pompous, arrogant millennial, and that’s your prerogative.
But of course, there exists a catalyst for this blog’s makeover (as previously mentioned, Carly’s life isn’t quite stimulating enough to warrant updates for an internet already saturated with meaningless behavior (daily vlogging, anyone?)): Carly’s moving to Korea! Having been interested in the Korean language and culture for a while, Carly recently accepted an English-teaching position through the EPIK program in Daejeon, South Korea (after a six month-long application process).
*Carly will do a first-person blog post about her application process and timeline within the next couple of weeks*
So as August 16th (departure date) draws ever nearer, she decided to re-vamp the sugar cookie blog of her mid-college adventure and create a somewhat-more-readable platform upon which she can express her thoughts and (more likely) keep up with Mom and Dad. Preparation for another go at life abroad has included:
- learning Korean (started over a year ago and the inspiration for the Korea journey!)
- buying a sh*t ton of clothes (justified by a strange desire to be known among co-workers as the fashionable school teacher)
- waiting anxiously for contract, visa, etc., while multiple ulcers form due to stress
- making too many lists so nothing’s (AND SHE MEANS NOTHING) is forgotten in the move
- working … nothing too exciting on this front
A short one, and a wordy one, but hopefully this post will serve as a nice “welcome back, sorry I left for so long, but I really felt this was the best thing for our relationship”-type statement. Otherwise things are gonna get realllll bumpy from here on out as you try to put up with the whole self-narration thing.
Until next time,
^lol pen name?