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Are you an origami master?? Or perhaps you’re a complete novice, but always wanted to learn? Many a JET has experienced origami at some point during their tenure. Origami has become a way for Cassie (JETAA Chicago’s Activities Coordinator) to look back fondly on her time as an ALT.

My first year on JET, I made Christmas origami as cards for my coworkers. I had learned origami from my sister’s Japanese friend as a child, so it was nothing special to me. But it became so much more.

My teachers’ surprise that I knew how to do origami, and their delight at seeing the nontraditional shapes made them look forward to it each holiday. For the culture festival one year, I was asked to help make an origami display. When the students learned that I could do origami, they would often come to the office in their free time to learn. Holiday origami became a part of special holiday lessons and events, as well.

Origami was just a thing I knew how to do; such an old skill that it barely registered as something unique to Japan. Who knew that such a small thing could create so many different connections?

Our time on JET may be over, but we can still use these skills as a way to connect with our old lives. It is a simple way to connect to Japanese culture without requiring a lot of time and resources.

So join us on July 31st! Gather some paper, bring a drink, and co

Event Agenda:

7:00 - Introductions

7:15 - Kanpai

7:20 - Jumping frog

7:35 - Ninja star

7:50 - Crane

8:10 - Crane Race!

8:20 - Show and Tell

RSVP Here!

* This event is for JET alumni-only. If an alumni is social distancing with a Friend/Family of JET (FOJ), they are welcome to join on their screen with them.

Questions? Contact us at activities@jetaachicago.com

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Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Dear 2020 Outgoing JETs,

Congratulations on your acceptance into the JET Program! You are in for an incredible journey and the experience of a lifetime.

We're sure you have a gazillion things running around in your minds right now, and we're here to help! To support our future alumni members, JETAA Chicago organizes a variety of events and initiatives to help Outgoing JETs prepare for their time in Japan.

Take a look at our Outgoing JETs Resources page for a variety of survival guides, videos, and other useful information. It's currently under construction, but we'll be updating it with new resources regularly.

If you're looking for more face-to-face interaction, we've got a bunch of events scheduled throughout the summer leading up to your departure! Meet up with other Outgoing JETs and Alumni Mentors and get excited for your journey to come!

2020 JETAA Chicago Outgoing JET

Survival Series Event Schedule

Meet & Greet Kick-off!

Saturday, June 30

2:00-4:00pm CST

Outgoing JET Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 30

6:00-8:00pm CST

The Road Less Traveled-JET Alumni Stories

Saturday, July 11

5:00-7:00pm CST

A Diversity of Experiences Panel

Sunday, July 26

3:00-5:00pm CST

The Event FKA "Mitsuwa Marketsweep"

Saturday, August 8

2:00-4:00pm CST

Last Call Q&A

Sunday, August 30

2:00-4:00pm CST

These events are for Outgoing JETs and Alumni Mentors ONLY. If you are a JETAA Chicago member and would like to participate in these events as a mentor, please fill in the form below and we will connect you with our Outreach Coordinator, Dylan.

We're looking forward to meeting you!

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It was a warm evening in early June when the end-of-year feast was held at Virtual Hogwarts. The students gathered together one last time before dispersing to their individual homes.

The lessons had been long, and the exam questions difficult. Yet the students had been eager to express the knowledge they'd gained. Everyone had worked hard to reach this moment.

"This year's House Cup goes to..."

JETAA Chicago's Third Time's the Charm Harry Potter Trivia Night was a rousing success! Wizarding World fans from all over the US, Canada, and even Japan gathered together for a night of nerdery and fun. What followed was a battle of memory and wit, with House Pride on the line!

Each question was worth 100 points, with the whole game coming to 3000 points! However, it's not as easy as just choosing the right answer. Each question decreases in value as time elapses, so speed is just as important. The cries of dismay when a wrong answer was selected too quickly echoed throughout the courtyard... erm. Conference room. But at least Cassie's typos and other mistakes helped to relieve the tension ^_^'

After three rounds of magical mischief, it was time to tally up the scores. First, we'd like to give a shout-out to the top four players, who also happen to be the MVP's for their individual Houses!

Holly and Jeremy maintained positions in the top three throughout all three rounds, while Lauren and Carl each took first once. An extra shout-out to Dustin, who took first in the second round!

Our between round discussions of favorite classes and coveted charms were illuminating to say the least. Some of the answers definitely confirmed the Sorting Hat's decisions regarding House placement...

This was our first attempt at a Team Trivia format. When logging into the quiz app, players could choose from one of the four Hogwarts Houses. Interestingly enough, with sixteen players we wound up with almost equal teams! The winning team was calculated by averaging the individual scores of its members. And despite hailing from different parts of the country (and the world!), we proved that House Pride brings everyone together.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... Which team took the House Cup???

Congratulations to the winning team! Lauren, Jenn M, and Jess proved that few can truly be mighty!

We're looking forward to our next event! Hope to see you there ^_^

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