In the fall of 2002, while doing a study abroad, I decided that the best career for me was “diplomat.” I wasn’t at all sure at the time how one became a diplomat, but I decided I would try for it. In the Spring of ’04, just before graduation, I took the FSOT, certain that I was just a few standardized tests away from glory.
Seven years (and four more attempts) later, I’m finally in.
I did many things in the intervening years. I applied to PhD programs. I also worked as a graduate assistant. I worked in a bank, did data entry, led a trip to China, and taught. Just about every one of these jobs ending up being necessary for my last FSO attempt.
I was an “Enthusiastic Member of the 163rd A-100 class,” which started in September 2011, and I was beyond excited. Still am, actually.
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