Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back to School

I have now completed two whole days of my new career at State. They haven't fired me yet. Monday was "in-processing," which, despite the ominous undertones of the name, did not involve having a microchip implanted in my neck to connect me with the hive mind. It was mostly paperwork. Today was my first day at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), where I'll be spending most of the next five weeks. So far it's like being in grad school again except the days are longer, the homework is shorter, and everyone's in suits instead of jeans and sneakers. In fact, it's so much like grad school that I keep seeing my old SAIS comrades out of the corner of my eye, only to to blink and watch them transform into someone else, someone new I think I met briefly but whose name I have not yet learned. There are 94 of us in the 156th A-100 class, so I'm going to be reading nametags for a while.

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  1. It's Friday, and that means that the Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up - and you're on it! 

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