Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Waiting Game

So, I've been waiting a lot lately.

Waiting for my scholarship money to come in,
Waiting for my security clearance,
Waiting for the picture frame I ordered online :)
Waiting for my frequent flier miles to process,
Waiting for my results from the FSOT,
etc.

Finally, finally, this week is my turn! My money's here so I can buy a lamp (I really need a lamp), my security clearance is ... well surely it's almost done by now... my frame is on its way, I have enough frequent flier miles to fly to Paraguay and back, and, drumroll please....

I passed the test!

If I were the type to squeal and go crazy this would definitely be the time I'd do it. But since I'm not, I spent a few minutes smiling and rereading the congratulations letter.

And then of course, I got down to work on the Personal Narratives.

They seem eerily familiar from my Pickering application/interview process, which helps. The downside of course is that I have only three weeks in which to finish them. The same three weeks in which I have to write two 20 page research papers, and one 6 page discussion paper, read 3 books and do all of the other 'little' assignments, so the timing is a little, intense. Oh well, still excited!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Go miners go!

I've been watching the rescue blog all day. I will have to cross miner off my list of potential jobs. No way I would be that cool after 68 days underground. Can't seem to make this a link, but cut and paste should work just fine. :) http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/latest-updates-on-the-rescue-of-the-chilean-miners/?ref=global-home

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I'm finished! (With the FSOT that is.) I think (?) it went well. I can't say exactly what was on it, only that it wasn't as detailed as I expected. A good thing, I hope. I certainly wrote a better essay than for the GRE's. Now I'll have to wait 3-5 weeks for my results. *sigh* back to work!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Path to State


Well, I keep inching closer to the foreign service.

Last Friday I had an interview for a summer internship with a really great guy at State here in DC. I don't want to go into detail, even though it isn't secret or anything, but it's an office I was interested in working for, so hopefully I made a good impression!

I also have a meeting scheduled with my school's coach-in-residence, who can hopefully answer some of my questions about how I can fulfill my fellowship obligations (and maybe about how I can finally get my medical reimbursement!)

Finally, I am taking the FSOT (my first try - oh I really hope it's my only try) this weekend. Wish me luck!

Things for which I am grateful:

*Beautiful weather. Especially after yesterday's experience getting totally soaked in the rain on the way to work.
*Biking past the monuments last weekend. I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful, green, safe and friendly city.
*Being able to cook again! The supermarkets are full of foods that I recognize and I have a working stove, oven, and microwave! I have my cookbook and all sorts of cooking implements. I’m excited because I miss this when I’m overseas. It seems like cooking abroad is 100 times harder. You can never find the right ingredients or supplies and nothing ever works the same. So I will enjoy every minute of this while it lasts.
*Free NYT and Washington Post on campus. So glad I didn’t have to pay for one more thing!
*My fellowship. So. Much.
*My super awesome Ikea furniture! It looks great and I put it all together myself. ;) The best part is that it makes my apartment feel like a home. My home. My first home! And I really do feel like it too, that I’m an adult, taking control of my life and living independently. Strange, since I’ve lived away from home since I was 18, worked since I was 12, and paid my own way (in the big things at least) since college. I guess it’s the furniture?
*The amazing opportunities I’ve had so far. Who else got to live and work overseas in two (three-ish) fascinating countries, doing the work that they were most interested in? Who else gets to be a foreign service officer? Who gets to travel to India and Malaysia and Paraguay and all over Europe and just everywhere? (Okay, so some people get to do some of these things, but who gets all of them? Only me! I am so lucky!)
*My amazing and perfect health. May I never take that for granted.
*Being an American. In spite of it all, I really, actually, do love my country and the last time I landed at JFK I just about kissed the carpet. Even though I love, love, love to travel, it is wonderful to be at home.



What brings on this rash of good feeling?
I just needed a little self-pep-talk before getting back to studying. Only 150 more pages to read today! And then a paper to write. And then, of course, the FSOT tomorrow! I'm not nervous, I'm not stressed! No way!

Need a pep-talk of your own? Here's a good link. ;)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RQ98Fj_CFI