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You know what? You should write an essay.
It may be your first year here at JET. You may not have been an English major. But you have ideas. And you’ve had a few experiences. This is a legitimate chance for you to express yourself, get a few people to hear what you have to say, and potentially earn some extra yen.
The JET Programme Essay competition is put on by CLAIR, and if your essay is selected, your essay will be published in the “2009 JET Journal”, the “Jichitai Kokusaika Forum”, and on the JET Programme homepage.
Furthermore, the Grand Jury Prize is ¥100,000. Wow.
You cranked out essays in college at the last minute, and this time you have until Friday, March 13, 2009 (6pm, you procrastinators) to write something. That’s a full week. Email it in. Bam. You’re done. And you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something.
Your competition is other JETs. Let’s face it, many of us have long-since reached our winter slump. Go out and make Ishikawa proud. If you can write it in Japanese, more power to you. You’ll be put in a separate category (into which fewer people enter, I’d guess) to compete for the prize.
If you do decide to write something, be sure to check out how they’ll be judging the essays at the JET website. And don’t forget to include your entry application form.