I'm in a weird situation and I could really use some help. First of all, I'm European (I hold a passport from Latvia). I don't officially have American citizenship certificate, but I do have an American passport because my mom became a citizen at the age 17 (my age, not hers); this legally makes me capable of obtaining a passport through her, while skipping the extras. Secondly, I do not have a degree because I'm doing this on an extremely short notice and unable to finish school (I'm like 10 credits away from obtaining an Associate's. I JUST turned 21 this year). HOWEVER, I have a TESOL certification (obtained from SIT Graduate Institute), my grammar knowledge is of high degree, and I have quite a bit of working experience (as well as reference letters from school). Right now, I am working at a tutoring center.
Now, I have a few question, but before that...
The tickets have been bought for June 11th. I have literally two months. I do NOT have a return flight ticket. I do have about $4000 saved up in cash (hopefully it will be a bit more by then), and plan to attend a Mandarin learning center. NEXT, my plan is to attend a university to major into something different (fresh start, since I do not want to continue Computer Engineering). While I do that, I am hoping to find something I can do to survive. If I don't, the obvious choice is to disappear from the face of the earth in some super-rural area in North-Eastern China (completely serious here, as I do not want to return to U.S. by any means).
Now that I have said everything that there is to it, here's what I'm wondering about.
1. Do I need a return flight ticket? As I said, I have contacted the Mandarin Learning Center and they said to send them some documents and stuff but I'm not sure about this due to time constraints--I wanted to go there in person and apply.
2. I have a bunch of ear piercings. The number may scare you, because it's 6 on each ear. I assure, it's nothing freaky. They are all in line and look neat. I can't take them out for about 6 months because they are cartilage and [if I took them out] would cause bacteria to be trapped under skin causing some major infection; basically, the jewelry acts as a duct for bodily fluids to leave. I want to add a couple eyebrow piercings as well, but I do not know if I can do that now... Can I do that? I am EUROPEAN after all, and piercings are ok (even now, I work with kids which are K-12 and they are OK with it). There is no discrimination there or here in New York City like there is in Taiwan--I hope that Taiwanese would understand this considering I am white, and the fact that I do not know the country's culture like they do. But still, I'm wondering if it's OK to add a couple eyebrow piercings or stay with what I have on my ears. It's style, and fashion, so I hope I'm not negatively judged (there's no logic behind why piercings make me a bad teacher / tutor, or a bad person, considering my English is far more advanced than some of those so-called "interpreters" they hire).
3. Job wise. How do I go about it? I know it's going to be tough, but what can I do with the information given here?
With this being said, I greatly, greatly appreciate any help from anyone. It would be a tremendous help.