Chrisd928 wrote:Thirdly, JET isn't really about the college you got a degree from because the degree is a requirement due to Japan's visa requirements. So, don't be too concerned about that. Also, I would have to disagree that a high school teacher who knew you well and you have kept in touch with is a bad choice of reference. I think that it is definitely better than a uni professor who has no idea you even took their class. Yes, I agree that a college or professional reference looks best, but only if they actually know you well and can speak to your ability as a JET candidate.
Hrm. Personally, I wouldn't choose a high school teacher to write a reference for me unless they have played some sort of role in my academic/professional life throughout college, as well. I agree, though, that it's not a good idea to ask someone to write a reference for you unless they know you well. Hopefully the person writing a reference will be someone who has had a recent and positive experience working with you academically and/or professionally.
Fourthly, references. I want them. I just want to do it now >.< But I have to wait for that form... Poo.
I know it's frustrating for many aspiring JETs who, like yourself, want to get a head start on the application but can't get hold of the current forms quite yet. Sit tight!I know it's tough to wait, but the application will be posted sometime in October.
In the meantime, maybe you could get started on your Statement of Purpose? The Statement of Purpose is a big part of the application (and I know it was the most time-consuming step for me back when I applied). You could use last year's application guidelines to start drafting your Statement of Purpose for this year. Getting started early on this portion could be of huge benefit to you later on, since you'll have more time to edit and improve upon the content between now and the application deadline.
People who are applying for a 2nd+ time could take a look at their Statement of Purpose from last year and reflect about what they can do to make it an even better one which demonstrates how they have grown.
...so, it's great that you're keen to get started early! And even though the application isn't out quite yet, hopefully the extra time you could invest in the Statement of Purpose will pay off in the end.