As some of you might know, tomorrow is a long time coming. Tomorrow is Flag Day. Flag Day is a time honored tradition in the Foreign Service that leaves me with butterflies in my stomach. Sometimes those butterflies are for excitement. Other times they are for anxiety and fear. You see, signing up for the US Foreign Service means signing up for worldwide availability. This means that I or my classmates could be headed to some pretty challenging and dangerous places. Lagos, Nigeria. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Monterrey, Mexico. The list goes on. So in honor of the day before my life is changed dramatically, I want to remember my Foreign Service journey and the whole reason I am serving my country as a diplomat abroad.
June 4, 2011 - I take the FSOT at a test center in Annandale, Virginia.
June 29, 2011 - I find out I’ve passed the test!
March 20, 2012 - I take and pass the FSOA in Washington, DC.
Summer 2012 - I spend the summer interning at Main State in Washington, DC.
Summer 2013 - I head abroad to intern at Embassy Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
September 9, 2013 - My first day of A-100.
October 11, 2013 - 3:30pm. Flag Day.
Tomorrow I’ll discover where I’ll be headed for my very first tour. It might be a place I’m excited about. It might be a place I’m terrified to go. But either way, I am still honored to be where I am, to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Please send positive thoughts my way for tomorrow and thank you for your support over the past two years!