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Tres/Tres, or I Passed My Spanish Test!!

About two weeks ago, I found out that I passed my end of training Spanish test at FSI!!

Since then, I’ve been getting everything ready for my impending departure for la frontera, aka Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I am thrilled to be done with training and so ready to leave very soon! Here are a few of the cool things I have done recently in preparation for starting my dream job in Mexico:

-Talked to a group of interns at FSI about the Foreign Service application process while realizing how lucky I am to have this job

-Attended Crash Bang, the State Department’s counter terrorism training in which I ducked for cover and rammed cars in a simulated attack on an embassy

-Sent thank-you emails to everyone in the Spanish department I could think of for their part in my (surprising) success on the test

-Bought a real car and mentally prepared myself for all the driving I’ll be doing in two years

-Planned goodbye dinners with friends in DC 😦

It’s crazy exciting to me that after 9ish months of living here, I’m finally headed to post. I cannot wait to find out what my job will be like as a consular officer. While I’m comforted by a few things (there are 3 Chick-fil-a’s right across the border in Laredo!), I don’t really know what to expect about my new home. But I am sure excited to start my tour!

Day 2 of Spanish Language Training!

A lot happened since I last posted on Flag Day. Since then I’ve been sworn in as an official Foreign Service Officer, passed and completed ConGen (6 week consular training class), and started Spanish!


I’m still psyched that it is now my full time job to become fluent in Spanish. The US Government is paying me to study Spanish for the next 6 months, which is incredibly cool.

Spanish was my #1 preference in my first post. It’s awesome to think that later this year I’ll be interviewing visa applicants and representing American interests at the border in proficient Spanish!

And the winner is…

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico!!!

 

It was a high bid for me! I am thrilled to be doing such important consular work at the US-Mexico border. Plus I’ll be near friends and family in Texas! Spanish language training and Consular tradecraft start in a few weeks! Longer post on my whole Flag Day experience to follow soon.

 Excited to have my Mexican flag 🙂