Back to the Grind

After a week of self-study it is back to full-time 9-5 language study. Days like today remind me though what the best part of the foreign service is: the people. I went to a brunch thrown by one of the members of my oral assessment study group. It was great to catch up with the people I spent all those months studying and fretting about the oral assessment with. About a year ago we started a study group which met weekly at the MLK library in DC. Apparently this group has taken on a life of its own and continued even after the original group finished their OAs. It was nice to see the members of the original MLK group almost all of whom are either on the register, in the service, or finishing their security clearances. I have great confidence that the few that just barely didn’t make it the first time are about to put us all to shame with their amazing OA scores on the next attempt.

After brunch I headed over to a party which my class was hosting for the incoming 150th A-100 class, to help out and meet the newest FSOs. It was great to see my classmates again after being away from FSI for the last week and a half and to meet the incoming officers. It’s hard to believe that a little under four months ago, I was there wondering where I would be going and what I would be doing. I was given a few new FSOs to “mentor” which is almost humorous since most days I feel like I could still use a mentor to help me navigate the wilds of the department. I am constantly amazed by my colleagues and the 150th is no exception.  And now, back to Spanish studying….

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