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Making sense of money, 2010

Four Loko Banned and Now Reformulated

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By: Jonathan Stankiewicz

Four Loko the wildly popular, “blackout in a can” has caused a ruckus on campuses across the country.

The trendy, popular caffeinated alcoholic beverage had a warning issued back on November 17, to four companies: Charge Beverages Corp., New Century Brewing Co., LLC, Phusion Projects, LLC, United Brands Company Inc.

The FDA cited that the addition of caffeine in their drinks was unsafe.

“Experts have raised concerns that caffeine can mask some of the sensory cues individuals might normally rely on to determine their level of intoxication,” said the FDA in their November 17, press release.

The popular drinks were removed from shelves all over the country due to multiple deaths and hospitalizations, which caused them to be banned in campuses and soon nationwide.

Not all of the companies make Four Loko. The other drinks involved were Joose, Max, Moonshot, and the High Gravity.

Four Loko has been getting the most exposure.

One 23.5 oz. can of Four Loko at 12 percent ABV has 156 mg of caffeine and 2.82 oz. of alcohol, which roughly is equivalent to three to four beers.

Which effectively and dangerously gives it the nickname of “blackout in a can” because people that drink it may not realize how drunk they are because the drink has both a stimulant and depressant in it.

Phusion Projects, LLC, who makes Four Loko and has since August of 2008, has reformulated the original recipe.

Saying in a press release that the company would reformulate its products to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine nationwide.

What made Four Loko and the others so popular were not only the effects from them but the cost as well.

Four Loko was being sold for only two to three dollars a can.

With college students paying for school it was something that could give the desired effects for a much lower cost.

Connie Aubin, of A & P Wines & Spirits on Fenn Road in Newington, said that Four Loko took awhile to get popular though.

“It wasn’t popular when it first came out,” said Aubin. “But by the end of it we couldn’t keep it on the shelf.”

Aubin was initially told by the distributor about the ban, and the news later verified the ban.

“It was selling,” said Aubin.

Adding that she feels like Four Loko should be brough back with a new formula.

“Bring it back with less volume [alcohol] and less energy.”

Aubin mentioned that with Four Loko gone, she has seen a rise in the alcoholic beverage whipped cream, Whipped Lightning.

The first alcohol-infused whipped cream, Whipped Lightning comes in a aerosol can, is 15 percent alcohol, and is only $10.

Walking into a package store today you can see Four Loko has been there by the amount of posters advertising the drink.

A & S package store on Carlton Street in New Britain had an empty Four Loko cooler inside as well, with Four Loko stickers stuck on the edges of the cooler.

“Everybody was buying it,” said Bob Shah of A & S, “not just kids.”

Shah said that he’s in the business for selling alcohol and that if something is popular why shouldn’t he sell it in his store.

“It was selling great, but it wasn’t my entire business,” said Shah.

Shah said that people need to be responsible and know their limits when it comes to drinking.

Inside A & S the Four Loko cooler was full of Tilt, a drink similar to Four Loko, but with no caffeine, guarana, and taurine.

Jordan Senerth, a junior at UCONN and ROTC member said that he loves Four loko and that a lot of his friends drink it too.

I believe it exploded near the middle of the fall semester,” said Senerth. “It gained popularity through word of mouth.”

Senerth attributes Four Loko’s popularity to it being a novelty and having such extreme effects.

“Once people tried it, its low cost and high alcohol content make for return customers,” said Senerth.

Senerth believes that every student should know hteir limit and that the bad situations that have happened are from those who don’t know their own limit.

“I do not think FourLoko should be banned, those who are mature enough to know their limits can handle it,” said Senerth. “However, the demographic which Four Loko attracts is sadly those who are immature.”

Senerth admits that Four Loko won’t be as popular without the caffeine because that is the reason why the drink was so popular.

“All of my experiences with Four Loko have been amazing,” said Senerth,  “and trust me, you know you’re drunk with this stuff.”

Senerth also admitted to ordering Four Loko because the stores around the UCONN campus didn’t always have enough.

CCSU student Chris McLaughlin isn’t sure why students find Four Loko and the other drinks like Joose, or Whipping Cream so appetizing.

“I have no clue why students would go out of there way for it, I’d rather have beer,” said McLaughlin. “I tried Sparks [a drink like Four Loko] a couple times… I didn’t really like it; I guess if you like energy drinks you would like them.”

McLaughlin said that he had never had Four Loko, but some of his friends have.

“I don’t think it should be banned if they reformulated it,” said McLaughlin. “I mean coke used to have cocaine in it back in the day and it’s still around. Students will still buy it maybe more so now because of the controversy, some will want to try it just because of that.”

To prove McLaughlin’s case, Craigslist, the online classifieds website, has seen a huge growth in the amount of Four Loko being sold on its website for people who are looking for the banned product.

On the website, cans are being sold for as much as $8 a can and almost $80 a case.

Today is the last day for the unformulated drinks to be delivered to New York retailers and already traffic on sites like Craigslist selling Four Loko as “collectibles” is rising.

Whatever the case students and whoever wants to drink caffeinated drinks can just make it themselves, ban or no ban.

 

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December 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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CCSU Textbook Rentals Saves Money

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BY: Dave Walsh

With the economy having been in the pits for years now, college students seem to have less money than ever. Students at Central Connecticut State University are trying to save money anywhere they can, and one of the things that eat up a lot of their money is paying for text books every semester.  Students have been complaining that the text book market at CCSU, and schools across the country , is a big scam.  Some students claim they spend over $100 on a text book that they might use 2 or 3 times a semester, and then at the end of the year they go to sell it back and only get $20.

This year, CCSU implemented the choice of renting books. They did this though Barnes and Noble’s textbook rental program. In previous years, the only options were to buy the book brand new or buy it used for a bit cheaper.  Some financially savvy students were able to find books much cheaper online, but for the most part students were stuck handing over their hard earned money to the bookstore for a book that was absurdly overpriced.  This would cost the average student at least $600-7$00 a semester.  Now with Barnes and Noble’s new program, student can cut that annual fee in more than half.

In the program, books end up costing 42.5 % of the normal sticker price.  This means that a $100 book you would end up paying $42.50 for, a $200 book you’d pay $85 for, and so on.  You rent the book at the beginning of the year but you must return it at the end of the semester.

“Renting offers a wealth of benefits to the entire campus community,” said Jack O’Leary, bookstore manager. “Not only does it allow us more marketshare, but also it increases consumer confidence with cheaper prices.  This deal couldn’t have come at a better time with the economy in such shambles, however this rental is not available to every student, depending on their classes

While this is a great deal, not every course and every book is available for rental.  Only 30% of the titles offered at the CCSU bookstore are available for rental.  The school hopes to raise that to 80% by next year.  This has forced many students to buy their books at regular price even though they don’t want to. However, despite only 30% of books being available, The New Britain Herald reported that CCSU was the top retailer in the nation that participated in the Barnes and Noble’s rental program.  Over 50 % of CCSU’s students participated in the rental program.

.”We were very pleased with the outcome,” said O’Leary. “Who would have ever thought we would beat out top-ranked schools like Penn State and Texas A&M?”

While many people say that buying a used book and selling it back is the best deal, that can also be very risky.  Although the bookstore sells a book in the beginning of the semester, it seems that more often than not the bookstore will not take that same textbook back at the end of the semester.  Too often a new edition comes out, even though there is really no differences in the 2 editions.  The bookstore will not take the old edition back, and will charge $150 for the new edition, even though there is no difference between that and the old one.  Another thing that happens too much is that teachers will switch which textbooks they use from semester to semester, so you buy it in the beginning, but then no one will have any use for it at the end of the semester.  Because of this, I think the safest thing is to rent the book cause you know you will not have to pay full price and be stuck with it.

Rob Shaw, a CCSU junior, bought a mass communication book used for almost $100 because rentals were not available for him.  He went to sell it back yesterday ad was told that there was a new edition of it for next semester.  “I’m a little mad right now,” said Shaw.

What happened to Rob has happened to me countless times.  I can’t tell you how many times I have paid too much for a book only to be told I can’t sell it back or I am only going to get $5 for it.  I have pretty much stopped buying books because it is such a scam and I don’t want to give the textbook companies my money.  Also, many times you are told to buy an expensive book only to use it once or twice in a semester.  That is just ridiculous and a waste of money in my book.

Kay Johnson, a CCSU student, was very disappointed that she could not rent her book and had to buy it brand new.  When she went to sell it back she found out they weren’t taking it anymore. “If they’re gonna advertise for rentals, I wish they’d have the books available,” Johnson said.

Chris Galo, a CCSU Senior, bought 2 books for $50 and was told he would only get $3 back for them.  Galo decided to keep them and “add them to the collection” of books he couldn’t sell back, but he was happy that one of his books was available to rent, he said he saved about $70.

Hopefully, the rental program will continue to gain steam and maybe eventually every book for every class will be available for rentals. This will really help students wallets in a tight economy, and will probably cause more students to start getting textbooks for class because they will be so much cheaper than buying them at full price.

Supposedly 90 % of CCSU teacher’s have requested their books be on the rental plan next semester.“We expect the phenomenon will grow beyond belief,” O’Leary said, in hopes that the university converts to an all-rental system by 2013.

http://www.newbritainherald.com/articles/2010/12/03/news/doc4cf9baf371085707281473.txt

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December 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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In A Dry Market, Graduates Struggle to Find A Way

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One of the biggest problems facing young Americans today, especially soon to be college graduates, is the lack of jobs in the market which they will soon have to face. The economy is on the rise, with 93,000 jobs in the private sector being created in the month of November alone. However, it is still tough to overlook the unemployment rate here in the United States, which sits just under 10 percent. The state of Connecticut is just under that border, coming in at 9.1 percent as of the last report in October.

These numbers are a concern for everyone, but especially those who have yet to get the opportunity to enter the workforce. Recent college graduates are fighting to find a career, let alone get a foot in the door within a particular market. Some students are even taking it amongst themselves to pack up and move across country in the hopes of finding their niche in the workforce. Areas where unemployment is low, like parts of the Midwest and in some southern states have found a rise in population among the younger generation.

Andrew Primeau, 24, of Averill Park, NY, has been working temp jobs since he graduated from Ithaca College in western New York. Primeau, who received a bachelor’s degree in business, has found it hard to even reach a starting point.

“It’s been three years of job hopping,” Primeau said. “The temp jobs pay decent ($14-15/hr) but it would be nice to actually put my degree to use and not have to keep sending my resume around every few months.”

Temp jobs are becoming very popular with college graduates, allowing them to work for business which may just need a little extra help during certain times of the year. Most temporary jobs are offered through hiring agencies like Kelly Services, which Primeau has become affiliated with. Some temporary jobs are listed as “temp to hire,” which gives the employee the hopes of securing a full-time job with a business. Such jobs are becoming very popular and although still a tough market to crack, it at least gives people hope.

Frank Gazeley, 25, of Albany, NY, also has found it unbearably tough to find a consistent job. With a degree in Golf Course Management from SUNY Delhi, Gazeley has bounced from golf course to golf course attempting to find a job which will employee him year round. In the northeast the golf market is tough. From April to October, the business it is a booming but for obvious reasons falls apart over the course of the winter months. Gazeley, after four years of struggle will move down to Jacksonville, Florida next January in order to continue his career in golf.

“The northeast is really dead when it comes to having golf as your profession. You have to absolutely have another job on the side just to support yourself,” said Gazeley. “I’m going to miss my family and friends but I have to do something. It wouldn’t be right to just throw away my degree and not make anything of it. I’m excited to see where it could take me in another region.”

However, moving from one area to a completely different area doesn’t always prove to be successful. Edward Danahy, 27, a graduate of the University of Albany, recently moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in search of a better life than he thought he could live up north. Danahy says it was more difficult than originally thought to find work.

According to Danahy, the fight to become employed was quite similar to New York’s tough market. In a phone interview Danahy said, “It’s just a bunch of low level jobs at chain stores and I don’t see the point in being away from my family and friends when I can barely support myself down here. It’s a little nicer weather, but besides that, not worth it.”

This is becoming an all too common scenario for recent graduates; moving out of their parents house only to return a short time after. A poll done by Twentysomething Inc, a research and marketing firm, found that 85 percent of college graduates plan to move back home after graduation. Eighty-five percent is a significant increase from 2006’s pre-recession number of 67 percent.

Although it isn’t the ideal situation for graduates to move back in home, it does make economic sense.

“It saves me money right now. It’s money that I need and right now I’m am saving up to move out, hopefully sooner rather than later,” said Primeau speaking on future intentions.

This graph shows just how hard of a time recent graduates are having finding work. The unemployment percent is at an all-time high. With the overall population struggling to find work, there is double competition for graduates which just lessens the chance of a job. This is something that worries Danahy who majored in political science while at studying at SUNY Albany.

“I think that is one thing we’re struggling with,” regarding the graph. “When you have double the amount of people looking for work (graduates/rest of population) as opposed to three or four years ago, it puts a hold on things. It doesn’t help when there are no jobs to begin with.”

-Will Baker

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December 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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Self-employment not so hot…

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Catherine Rampell, writer of the New York Times blog “Economix” said in a blog recently that, according to the Labor Department, the “share of Americans working for themselves has fallen since the recovery began.”

 

Graph of self-employment. Shaded areas show times of recession.

Rampell said that:

“[T]wo competing forces affect self-employment and entrepreneurship rates. One is opportunity: how much demand there is for the good or service your new company would offer. The other is opportunity cost: what you’d be giving up by starting a business.”

This is interesting to me because I was under the impression that working for yourself in these hard times might seem more appealing than would be applying to several companies and getting shot down left and right. Turns out, Rampell thinks that too. However, she also explains that there are factors that deter many from starting their own small business, such as availability of credit.

For me, it doesn’t matter too much. But for some people, like my girlfriend, looking to work for themselves, this could play out badly.

Another examination into self-employment can be found here.

-Zach Perras-Duenas-

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December 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm

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Lower Energy Rates Lead to Saving Money

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            While many know Connecticut Light and Power or United Illuminating to be the only providers of energy, there are other sources that offer energy at lower rates.

            Electric suppliers or aggregators are becoming more popular to providing electric generation services to Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipals.

            More people are beginning to take advantage of this offer. CL&P makes up for about 65 percent of the residential market in Connecticut. The other 35 percent has already made the switch to another supplier. Some of these companies include Polaris Energy, Starion Energy, Direct Energy, Positive Energy, North American Power, Spark Energy, and many more.

            The way Polaris Energy operates is they gather together electric customers for the purpose of negotiating the purchase of electric generation services from electric suppliers.  Electric suppliers compete for the Polaris’ customer pool by submitting bids for the contract.  Polaris then chooses an electric supplier based upon a competitive bid and the best available terms and conditions for its customers.

            “When suppliers compete, the customers win,” said Dan Aparo, an independent broker for Polaris Energy.

            When an individual makes the switch to one of these suppliers, they will be saving an estimated 15 to 20 percent on their utility bill.

            “I signed up with Polaris when I lived in my last apartment; it had electric heat and between summer and winter my electric bill was always high. I just recently moved into a condo that also has electric heat. I decided to stay with Polaris because I saw the savings in my previous electric bill” said Chris Getz, a customer of Polaris Energy.

            CL&P’s current rate is .1105 cents, while Polaris Energy’s rate is .089 cents per kilowatt. The difference of a few cents may only seem slight and not worth the switch to some residents. However, those who use more kilowatts of energy are going to save more money in the end.

            Although Polaris Energy offers a variable rate to resident, the rate is most likely never to exceed CL&P’s generation rate.

            “I’m very pleased with the service I have been receiving. I have been seeing the difference in my electric bill; it has definitely made a difference. What I like about Dan is that he stays on top of his customers. He looks for other sources with lower rates in order for us to benefit. My son also signed up with Polaris. His main reason was because he has electric heat in his condo, which gets expensive. For a period of time he was not turning the heat on because he didn’t want his bill to be sky high. Now he is able to turn his heat to where it is comfortable and he has already noticed the savings,” said JoCarol Kulasenski, a customer of Polaris Energy.

             Some energy suppliers are also extending the offer to businesses for a lower rate. Many businesses are open for the duration of the day, which means they are constantly using electricity. By going with a supplier with a lower rate, businesses are able to save on their electric bill as well.

            “Polaris is offering me a lower rate than CL&P. Between both businesses, we always have the lights and computers on, not to mention now the Christmas lights during the holiday season. When you are running a business, saving money where ever possible is helpful, especially when the economy is not at its peak”, said Bill Englert, owner of City True Value Hardware and Just Ask Rental.

            Depending on the company, energy suppliers are able to offer businesses a special rate. Polaris Energy is currently offering businesses a fixed rate of .088 cents per kilowatt for the duration of a year.

            All energy suppliers vary in the way they operate. For Polaris Energy, there is no cost for the customer to sign up. There are no cancellation fees if the customer decided to switch to another supplier or back to CL&P. They also operate on a month to month basis and they will automatically switch the customers to the lower supplier they are working with.

            “There are many advantages to signing up with Polaris Energy. Your overall electric bill will be lowered which will save you money, it drives down the overall cost of electricity, customers have someone who is always shopping around for the lowest rate so you don’t have to, and if a lower rate is available the customer will automatically be switched to the lower supplier,” said Aparo.

            These other suppliers offer a lower generation rate. This is made possible because these suppliers are not regulated like CL&P and UI. Prior to deregulation, consumers did not have a choice in regards to their electric bill. Households and businesses had to buy electricity at set prices for the rates the local utility decided. The local utility decided the cost of both electricity and transportation to consumers. The costs were regulated by the local utility and the government. 

            Now that the deregulation has taken place, consumers now have the option to choose an independent supplier to negotiate price and term of their electricity supply. Residential and Commercial consumers are given the opportunity to find a lower cost for electricity. The local utility will still deliver the electricity and typically continue to bill the consumer from the local utility just as before. Other suppliers are not responsible for power outages or other issues regarding telephone poles or wires.

Polaris Energy

Allison French

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December 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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CCSU Students Protest Budget Cuts

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On Thursday students at CCSU posted up shop outside the Student Center to protest tuition hikes and a cut of the budget. Students protested by walking through the student center and then moving outside. The protest was set up by Art and Theater students.

Whenever I hear of a protest like this happening on school grounds, I always ask why? It’s a good thing that people want to protest and check government. But why do it at the student center? You’re not trying to get the students to overturn anything, you’re trying to get the people actually in charge to do something.

What should have happened was for these 50 or so students to set up shop right outside of Davidson Hall on the front lawn. That is where you would get the most publicity. That way motorists will even get an understanding of the problem us college students face. I thought it was just very bad planning for something that is quickly becoming a major problem not just at CCSU but as well as other Connecticut State Colleges.

Student’s also voiced their displeasure to not being able to get into certain classes, losing professors, and poor learning conditions all because of the budget cut. This situation is getting uglier by the day and until the entire student class can get together for one massive protest, I just don’t see any change. These times are hard on everyone. But when the future is being suppressed by money, it makes it totally plausible to understand the madness.

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December 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm

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More U.S. Grads Traveling Abroad For Work

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Recent graduates in Connecticut have often had to leave the state to find employment in their field. With job opportunities scarce, more recent graduates are opting for more unconventional jobs, not only out of state, but outside the country.

At Central Connecticut State University, the number of alumni participating in ESL teaching programs in Asia has increased as the job market for recent graduates continues to shrink.

Teaching English in Asia has always appealed to recent graduates who wanted to spend time traveling, but lacked the economic means.  Teaching English in Asia is relatively simple: most programs offer positions to any native English speaker with a bachelors degree in any discipline, which explains the sharp increase in the number of graduates opting to relocate abroad for jobs not related to their field.

Since the recession began in 2008, the number of recent U.S. graduates participating in teaching English as a second language (ESL) programs in Asia has increased steadily, with a high rate of contract renewal, meaning that more of these teachers are staying longer than the standard year-long program requires.

In the case of John McCandless, a Technology and Engineering Education major who graduated from CCSU last year, he decision to move to China to teach English was fuelled by the lack of job opportunities in his field.

Before moving to China, McCandless had been working at Energizer Personal Care, making about $25,000 per year while he applied for positions as a Technical Education teacher.  McCandless knew there would be a spot open in his school of choice, but was told it wouldn’t be open for applications for at least six months.

Instead of waiting for the position to open, McCandless and his fiancé decided to move to China, where McCandless had previously studied Chinese, to teach English and gain valuable experience.

“For a lot of the other foreign teachers, they are here for the same reason.  Many of them have degrees in teaching, but good teaching jobs in the U.S. are scarce”, said McCandless.

McCandless also added that his advisor even revealed to him that the probability of being fired from a school before obtaining tenure were high for young teachers, and cutbacks are making it even more difficult for young teachers to hold positions for long periods of time.

Jacqueline Rabe, of the CTMirror reported in October that despite stimulus money for education, the state shed about 1,500 teachers, making it harder for people like McCandless to enter into the field.

McCandless teaches about 20 hours per week, and makes about $16,000 per year, not much in the U.S., but a decent salary for someone in China, where the cost of living is much lower than in the U.S.  Added benefits of being an English teacher in Asia often include free airfare, medical insurance, and in McCandless’ case, free housing provided by the school.

Jean Van Bourgondien was a History major at CCSU who was about to graduate when she heard of a program through the Korean Ministry of Education called Epik.

Epik is a program that places native English speakers with a minimum of abachelors degree in public schools in Korea to work as English teachers.

After realizing there were virtually no job prospects in her field, and desired to travel, Van Bourgondien decided to look into the Epik program.

Jean Van Bourgondien with her students in Incheon, South Korea

Six months later she was living in Incheon, South Korea, teaching English at an elementary school.

“It was like an opportunity to travel and learn about another culture for free”, said Van Bourgondien, who had previously studied abroad in Brazil.

Many of the participants were in the same boat as Van Bourgondien; graduates without job prospects, who saw the program as a way to make money and live a comfortable lifestyle that would have been nearly impossible if they had stayed in the U.S.

In fact, the majority of participants in the Epik program were from the U.S., many of them certified teachers that faced the same problem as McCandless.

“Many of the teachers renewed their contracts for the sole reason that there are not a lot of jobs in the U.S., and in Korea, getting paid what we do, ESL teachers can maintain a certain lifestyle that appeals to a lot of people”, said Van Bourgondien.

Though she was paid only $1,800 per month, The Korean government program covered housing, insurance, and international travel costs. Van Bourgondien decided to travel across Asia after her one-year contract was over.  She went to the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and Vietnam, and was still able to bring home over $7,000 in savings.

Danielle Hearne and her husband Daniel Garlans both graduated from CCSU last year.  Hearne, who had previously studied abroad in Japan, had graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology, and Garlans a B.S. in Business.  Both worked in Connecticut briefly, but grew tired of working retail jobs while they hunted for jobs in their fields.

“All that was available was retail jobs, and both of us have been working those for over 5 years”, said Hearne who applied to several government agencies before thinking seriously of teaching abroad.

Daniel Garlans with his English class on Halloween

Tired of working at their retail jobs and facing and uncertain future, both decided to look for jobs in Korea.

They landed jobs teaching at what is called a “hagwon” or cram school, in Busan, South Korea.  The school, YBM ECC, provided the couple with free housing and insurance.  Hearne and Garlans work about 20 hours per week and bring in about $25,000 each per year.

When asked whether they would consider staying for another year Hearne replied, “Yes, or perhaps another ten years!  I just don’t want to do the job hunting back home, it looks like things aren’t getting any better anytime soon”.

Hearne said that many of the ESL teachers she meets have come to teach in Korea for the same reason.

More recent graduates are finding that in these difficult times, they may have to travel a bit farther in order to achieve financial security.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, or JET, is one of the largest, most prominent English teacher recruiting companies in Japan.  JETs statistics for 2010 show not only are the majority of the teachers from the U.S., but many of them are choosing to stay longer than the standard one-year contract requires.

Chelsea McGovern, a current CCSU student hopes to be one of those participating in the JET program once she graduates this coming May.

For McGovern, it was her interest in Japan as well as the high pay that made her decide to apply for a position.

“I want to go to Japan and thought [JET] would be the best way to get a job and pay off my loans”, said McGovern, who added that many other applicants are motivated by the financial security programs like JET offer.

While most ESL teachers will tell you teaching abroad allows recent graduates to live comfortably, gives them invaluable experience, and enriches their life, the experience of relocating to Asia can be a difficult experience for even the most seasoned travelers.

That being said, those who are willing to take that leap of faith, will find that teaching ESL in Asia allows them to live the kind of lifestyle that only a rare few graduates can afford these days.

Casey Cassarino

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December 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm

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