bar the fact that i actually teach at a high school.
new video desu.
This video is pretty great. I know a lot of my followers are new-ish ALTs who might still be trying to find here they fit in in their new life (and social life), and there is so much pressure to be ‘with the group’ and take part in all of these ALT/foreign specific events and social circles… even when a lot of those people will be
obnoxious assholes people who you have nothing in common with.
When he talks about thinking, “I would never let someone treat me this way”, it really struck a chord.
You aren’t required to participate in ALT/JET events. You aren’t required to spend time trying to appease people who don’t mesh with you, or worse, don’t respect you. Have standards. The fact that you’re both ALTs in the same area, or both American, or both English speakers, or whatever doesn’t mean that you have any obligation to be around them.
When I realized this, my life changed… for the better. I’m better than that. You’re better than that!
this video & subsequent commentary is really important for me to hear.