It’s finally October – one of my favorite months of the year! (Though how much of that is because my birthday is this month? Hmm…good question.)
In all honesty, I am excited about my birthday. I’ll be 24 this year. Another even number. Though I’ll be working all day on my birthday, I am excited about a weekend road trip that Tobias has planned! Another fun adventure!
Speaking of working…I GOT MY WORK PERMIT! I am too excited about that to complain about how difficult it was to get. Or about the fact that it’s only for 3 months, and I have to go back in December and prove I can make a living doing freelance English teaching. Or about how rude the lady was at the office. Or about how four different people at the immigration office told us four completely different things, four different times, making the process last four times as long.
I could complain about all those things, but I won’t.
Okay, fine. It’s true. You caught me: I complained about them just by mentioning them. But you should know that I am way more excited about the positive things (being allowed to work in Germany) than I am frustrated by all of the negative things.
And now that I have my permit, I’m working like hell. I’ve been so busy with work now that I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to finally have a weekend.
I enjoy what I do, though. Being a teacher is great. Lesson planning, however, is not so great. It’s not the planning itself that stresses me out. It’s an important thing to do so I don’t have to make up activities or examples on the spot. But it’s really hard that I come home from teaching and spend hours planning the next lessons, staying up way later than I should. Other teachers keep telling me it will get easier as time goes on, and I think they’re right. I’m only just beginning.
I am incredibly lucky to already have three different language schools to work for so soon after arriving in Germany. Everyone, including myself, thought it would take longer to find work. And normally it should, especially with the way the job market is now. But I just happened to get into contact with the right people at the right time – exactly when they needed someone. And I’m really glad about that.