Monthly Archives: July 2013


So, I’ve started this blog to document the process of me getting a job teaching english in Japan as well as my (hopeful) move and life in Japan.

First things first, though.  My name is Kate.  I’m 25 years old and currently live in Minneapolis, MN.  I have a BA in Japanese and an AAS in Audio Production and Engineering, as well as an AAS in Music and Entertainment Business.  I would describe myself as a huge nerd, seeing as how I devour anything Doctor Who related and someday hope to serve on the Enterprise.  So, that’s a little bit about me.  Now on to how I got to the point of applying for a job teaching english in Japan.

I’ve known since middle school that my future career was going to involve music and Japanese.  Exactly how, I’m still not sure, but even now I am 100% positive that I will end up doing something with both music and Japanese.  I attended University of Iowa to get my BA and was lucky enough to study abroad at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nisshin, Japan, for a year.  It was hands down the absolute best year of my entire life.  But before I could go back, I wanted to learn more about how I could work in the music industry.  I’m not much of a performer, you see, but I can work behind the scenes no problem.  So, I spent two years doing that.

Now, I’m done with all of my schooling, I’m supposed to be an adult and know what I’m doing with my life.  Spoiler: I don’t have any idea what I’m doing.  I doubt I ever will.  But I think that now is a good time for me to “reinvent” myself, in a sense.  I graduated from my latest and last degree in January of this year, but I haven’t been able to find any kind of employment.  I currently tell people that I’m self-employed (because I am), working when I can find work as a photographer.  I get mostly weddings, but not enough weddings to survive.  So, with student loans looming above me, it’s a fantastic time to hide from my loans make as fresh a start as I can and try to avoid a quarter-life crisis.

This blog will be a place for me to put my journey into words, and I hope you’ll follow along to see where I end up!

Enjoy the journey,