My First Day
So with newbie JETs coming in at the end of this month and the start of the next, I figured I might share my first day experience here. I came with Group B, arriving in my prefecture on August 7th. I won’t be sharing about Tokyo O because… because Tokyo O is not where I consider my journey to have started. It started when I got to the place I was going to make mine.
I hope that I’m prepared. I think that I am. I’ve been to Japan a few times, I’ve lived 3-7 hours away from my family and I can’t drive, so it wasn’t “pop in for the weekend” situations. I lived in apartment-style dorms that had some issues and had to deal with residence services not getting things done in a timely matter. (Last year there was this rotting smell in my room and I finally traced it down to this rotten gunk seeping out of the pipes under my sink. I told them about it and showed a picture, they said they’d get right on it. It wasn’t done until I went back all “Uhm, are you doing anything about it?” a week later.)
My mindset is basically a cautious confidence. Like “I’m sure I can handle everything, but I’m not going to assume I’m immune to culture shock or something just because I have some experience.” I feel that if I allow for things to go wrong, it won’t be as jarring when they do.
I’m definitely concerned about the classroom, though. I’ve worked a bit as a classroom assistant, but always with university students and never with large groups. I’m sure that gives me more experience than some of the other new arrivals, but I feel like assisting in a junior high school is going to be so different that nothing I have done will be useful. I mean, I’m not beating myself down with this. I just don’t really consider it an “advantage”.