I have launched a new series about living abroad on AEM, and will have a piece published again in USAToday on that subject next week. (Incidentally, if you are interested in reading more policy-related work by me, USAToday recently published an article I wrote about the ways in which the U.S. Government could ease the burden of student loan debt. I am also working more behind the scenes to try and influence legislation that will bring relief to student loan debtors, and I look forward to my forthcoming trip to D.C. to talk to policymakers about the indentured educated class). As for the pieces about living abroad, the series will highlight individuals who have decided to leave the country for more opportunities abroad. These pieces are intended to help struggling Americans, with high levels of debt and various degrees, realize that they too can find fulfilling opportunities outside of the United States. If you would like to share your story about living abroad, or if you are thinking about leaving the country, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
So, with that in mind, do you have an exit plan? (And I'm not talking about suicide). What if things continue to worsen in the U.S., what is your plan B or plan C or plan D or . . . ? I have my own plans, and am glad that I'm more flexible about where I live. Indeed, I go where the work is. However, that does not mean that I simply settle. In fact, I am tired of settling, and I am sure many of you feel that way as well. My increased flexibility came from a difficult, yet exciting, decision to leave the country for Korea in 2010.
Tell me, what are your exit plans, and how are your organizing your life to get where you want to be? Is it leaving the country? Is it moving back in with family? I want to know!
"Living Abroad in China," AEM, May 8, 2011
"Living Abroad: Returning to Korea," AEM, May 4, 2011
"Living Abroad," AEM, May 3, 2011
"Random Thoughts on Plagiarism," AEM, May 11, 2011