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    Why I packed my bags and followed my heart

    No, it wasn’t for a boy. I was twenty-two years old. Bright-eyed and fresh out of college with two bachelor’s degrees. My bags were packed by the door and ready for the move. Almost a year earlier, I had sent in my application to be an English Teacher in Japan. The application process for the JET Program is a lengthy one, so I didn’t find out until April (about six months later) if I passed the interview. Fortunately, I did and was promptly swept into a whirlwind of preparations before leaving. One of the main reasons why I decided to teach abroad right after graduation was the fact that I knew firsthand the value of…