After the most stressful morning of my life (uncertainty is highly stressful for me), Flag Day began at 3:30pm in a large room at the Foreign Service Institute. There were 88 jobs on our bid list and there were only 73 of us so we knew some jobs would go unassigned. Right away, the ceremony started off with nervous laughter as a Swiss flag was shown on the screen and Havana, Cuba was called from the lectern. (There was one Geneva post also on our bid list.) However, the U.S. Interest Section in Havana is located at the Swiss Embassy so the Swiss flag was deliberate and my friend Bernardo was the first to be called. The abruptness of it all helped dispel some of my nerves and I knew that Bernardo had ranked Havana high so I was happy to be excited for him! I continued to cheer as other classmates got their high posts and waited for my name to be called, hopefully after one of my highs. The ceremony went on quickly and very few of my highs had been assigned to my peers so I continued to wait, holding my breath when some of my lows were called, hoping not to hear my name. Ariel sounds awfully familiar to Eric, Erica, and Aaron in these types of situations. Then, one of my highs, which I had anticipated I might get, Mexico City - Narcotics Affairs Officer - and my name!
I am very excited to be heading to Embassy Mexico City in March 2014! There is a lot to do before then but I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes me!