To stay, that is the answer

A little more than a week ago, I posed a question whether I should stay (at least) one more year in Taiwan or not. As many of you commented, both here on my website and elsewhere, it’s true that the question was almost already settled, at least after writing that post. I said that I would think it over for at least one week and that’s what I have now done. My conclusion is that I’m going to stay here next semester. I think the reasons to do so are quite obvious in my previous post, but I will highlight some of the arguments which contributed to my final decision, presented roughly in order of priority:

– I really like studying Chinese
– If I stay and change my mind, I can go home, whereas if I go home and change my mind, I cannot go back
– It’s a lot easier to stay longer than to go back later
– It would be nice to improve my Chinese to professionally useful level

Apart from these factors, there are of course much more that makes me want to stay longer, but I think these are the most important ones. Perhaps more importantly, since I felt the decision dawning on my as I wrote aforementioned discussion, I have had time to get used to the idea of actually going back to Taiwan, even though I still plan to go back to Sweden this summer (more information about that later). In the days that have passed since then, the decision has felt better and better; my brain has caught up with my heart and all three of us intend to stay here in Taiwan just a little bit longer.

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  1. Jocke’s avatar

    Jag kan passa på att berätta att jag inte kommer åka till Japan. Stipendiet gick till någon annan. Men det kanske finns en chans nästa år igen. Det är nämligen så att hon som nominerade mig, programmansvarig för lärarprogrammet hade inte fått alla uppgifter kring nomineringen så om hon får skall hon nominera samma personer nästa år igen när hon har all information om stipendiet. Kan tillägga att jag är ganska besviken då jag hade sett fram mot att åka till Japan, men det kommer fler chanser.

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  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Okej. Det var tråkigt att höra. Det hade ju varit optimalt om du också dragit iväg, så kunde vi träffas halvvägs någonstans (Okinawa kanke, jag har hört att det ska vara fint). Nåja, lycka till nästa år. :)

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  3. Martin Ackerfors’s avatar

    Olle: Rid i vind, vi ses snart. :)

    Jocke: Vad tråkigt. Hoppas det går bättre nästa år (för jag behöver verkligen fler personer att sakna. ;)

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