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Life as a College Graduate, I’m going to Asia!

I realize I haven’t posted in a while and I apologize for that. The last month of school was just very crazy. It felt as if I did nothing all semester and all of my work was due during that last month. To tell you the truth though, the bulk of my work was in the last month, that’s just how my professors setup the classes, but, anyway, I survived and am now a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in English!

I bet you’re all wondering, what now. Do you have a job? The answer to that is, well, not quite, but I’m happy to report that I’m going to Beijing, China! In past entries I said that I wanted to go to Asia and with persistence and searching, I got offered an internship with the China Daily, one of the top English-language newspapers in China. Just to show how big it is, the paper has an average daily circulation of more than 300,000 in about 150 countries and regions. My past professional experience only includes blogging, so I really wanted to work for a print newspaper, although I could be working on the website, Chinadaily.com.cn.

Here is my plan and it is to go to Beijing to intern for the China Daily. I’ll be there for about 2 months. If I really love Beijing, I’m planning on trying to find a full-time position there. If that doesn’t work out, I already have another internship lined up right after where I’m going to be working at Akihabara News, a tech blog in Tokyo. If you know me, you know that is right up my alley.

I can’t wait to be in China, especially for the food. Just look at the pictures I posted and these are just noodle soups. Doesn’t it look amazing? That is only one thing, there’s going to be tons of dumplings, steamed buns, tofu and everything else that I can’t imagine right now and it’s all supposedly very cheap. I think about 6 dumplings costs less than 50 cents. By the way, I think the food in those pictures look delicious, they’re screen shots from when I was watching Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in Shanghai on my computer.

I’m definitely going to be updating my blog a lot more frequently. I plan to keep a blog from now on of all my journeys and experiences while I’m in Beijing and then also if I go to Japan. So be sure to keep checking back!

One last thing, being the crazy technology-obsessed American that I am, one thing I’m really excited about is all of the cheap KIRFs (people in the tech world call them Keeping It Real Fake), or in other words, Chinese knockoffs. Apparently they are really cheap. They have fake cellphones, like iPhone for about $100, I’ve even seen KIRFs that look like the new iPhone 4G that was recently leaked and isn’t even out yet. I have my eye set on a KIRF iPad, which runs Android 2.1, the same as my Nexus One (by Google) cell phone and now has about the same processor as the iPad that costs about $250. What also is improved is that it has a place to put SD cards for more memory, USB ports and also an HDMI output so you can display it on your TV.

China is gonna be amazing!

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Looking forward

It’s hard to imagine that it’s nearly spring already. April is almost upon us and with the coming of spring, that also means one other thing, especially for me… GRADUATION! It may have taken me a little bit longer for me to decide what I wanted to do with my life, but on May 15, 2010, I’ll become a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Print Journalism and a minor in English. With my life changing moment drawing ever-closer, it’s only natural that I’m constantly thinking about my future. I’ll admit, that its becoming even more so than the amount of thought I’m putting into my last college assignments. I’ve been weighing my options, and I think I’ve come up with a plan.

After thinking about this for some months now, I’ve decided where I want to be in the next 6 months and it’s a simple answer. Tokyo. It’s really all I can think about right now, and living abroad outweighs my wants of working as a journalist for a local paper right now or some other job in the US. I have a desire to live on my own, abroad, burning inside me that I need to satisfy this before I even start to consider doing the sensible thing and settling now at a salary job in the US.

As for my options to work there, it seems like my best bet is to be an English teacher. I read and heard about all the problems with that system, but in the end, I’m not looking to be a permanent resident right now, if ever, but I want to have a chance to be abroad in a country that I love and I want the chance to be able to learn the language, expanding on the one semester I have of learning Japanese. The way that I look at it also is that I’ve been studying English and Journalism all throughout college and I have to be better than most of the people they hire for these jobs who have no background in English besides being able to speak it since they live in America. I think I can actually really help these people too. I helped my roommate Shin with all the editing of his papers and learning different words and phrases, it’s not that much different.

Gundam in Odaiba, Summer 2009Another thing that I’m hoping is that while I’m in Japan I can continue to write for some English language publications or blogs. This will allow me to keep doing what I love, which is writing and will hopefully expand my portfolio and maybe even get me some contacts, which could be help about the time my English teaching contract runs out (they are usually for a year). I already found one that I can write for that would give some information to other people in Japan or wanting to work in Japan and that is GaijinPot.com. I might even get lucky to find some places that will let me freelance and pay me per article I write, giving me a little extra spending money in Japan.

Anyway, this is my plan. I want to live in Japan, in a large city, since I’ve always wanted to experience city life abroad and have always lived in rural or suburban areas. I’ll get to eat all the food that I love, visit friends that are living in Japan and go to a bunch of events that I’ve only dreamed about like the Tokyo Game Show and going to see the life-size Gundam. All this will satisfy my need to live and work in a foreign country to better learn the language, learn firsthand about a world media system, and to go on the adventure that I’ve always dreamed of. Who knows if I’ll be successful in this, and I know it won’t be easy, but I’m going to try my best and try to make the most of this life. You only live once.

(Shin, I borrowed the Gundam image just to prove how awesome it would be to see this thing lol)

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Media Monitoring

Until I write my first blog post on here (I already have the topic I want to write about), please check out some of the writing that I’ve done this semester in my COMM419, World Media Systems class. We had to choose a country to monitor the news in and then blog about what the news revealed about our target country’s media system. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

I’ll put a link to my specific entries already found here.

All of the entries and the main class blog page can be found here.

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