To say this week was packed would be a huge understatement! I learned so many new things about the Foreign Service, met (most of) my huge class of colleagues, took the full FSI German test, and more. It’s probably not a surprise that I am already in love with my new career in the Foreign Service. The fact that I get to choose from a list of countries where I’ll be a US diplomat for my first tour is just ridiculously cool. I thought I’d share a few reasons why and reflect on my first week!
- The Foreign Service is a family. Much of what we’ve learned this week has been about resiliency and support for each other at post. Also, I am actually going to keep a running count of how many high-ranking FSOs come talk to us and tell us that they’ve worked for 30+ years in the State Department and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I would love to be able to say that someday!
- It’s not a disadvantage to be the youngest/most inexperienced in the class. I really love looking around the A-100 room and thinking how diverse our class is, not just in ethnicity and gender, but age and experience level. I’ve only known them for a week, but I feel extremely close to our entire class and know our connection will be lasting.
- We got the bidlist of potential first tours on Wednesday. It is the most amazing bidlist I have probably ever seen and way better than I had even expected! I’m really hoping to go somewhere Spanish speaking. Mexico would be a dream, as would anywhere in Latin America or Southeast Asia. “Flag Day” is in about a month!!
- This is the coolest job ever and I still find myself thinking how lucky I am to get paid for this. I will get paid to learn/improve a language, learn about consular work, and explore different facets of another country for 2 years. Even if that country isn’t one of my “high” bids, I feel extremely grateful to even get this chance.