So lately I've been severely contemplating over where I want to live after my first four years of college and after I obtain my PhD. I was originally going to say f*ck it to my PhD and just go have fun in Taiwan, but then I realized it would be so stupid to waste all that schooling and be overqualified for a job (I'd be teaching English in Taiwan...I'd like to think I'm worth more than that).
Anyway, I loved Taiwan when I visited and never wanted to leave. However, now I realize, there are so many things I cannot do in Taiwan that I want to do here, BIG things too! Like...
1. Open my own animal shelter (preferably on my own land where my house will sit).
-I could do this is Taiwan, but square footage is much more expensive and I have a feeling location would be a lot less convenient. Where would I walk all of the dogs? Night market?
2. Psychology is a career field I always wanted to work in. How loser-ish would I feel if I settled for being an English teacher with significantly less pay?
-Of course, if I worked with a good company/tutor center in Taiwan (like Hess) I could obtain an a**load of bonuses etc. However, I feel as though what I'd make in USD (even with Taiwan's unusally low living expenses/U.S's higher living expenses) would amount to A LOT more.
3. I want to visit my family more often than I have been.
-I've been so busy balancing school, work, and volunteering that I have almost negative amount of time to see my family. When I am married and possibly have kids (still determining whether or not I want one of those little replicated parasites...) I want to see my family far more than I do now after I graduate. If I live in Taiwan, I'd only get to see them about twice a year.
4. As bad as it sounds, I don't want to end up having Hubby's family be the only family I see. I see them more than my own family already and that bothers the f*ck out of me!
I'm sure there are more reasons for staying in the U.S., but you cannot expect me to possibly list them all. There are also many reasons I love Taiwan like:
1. Squat toilets, but difficult to find public restrooms (this would be the first thing I list...)
3. Nicer people
4. Better veg food
5. HOW AM I GOING TO FIND VEGAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS!?
6. Bigger cities= more accepting people
7. Amazing shopping!
8. Possibly more stable government
9. Lower income, but much lower living expenses...
HELP ME DECIDE! Comment w/ pro/cons and I will add them to my list [: