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!