Thursday, September 16, 2010

So, Where Are You Going?

Over the last couple of months, everyone I've told I was joining the Foreign Service has responded either with "...the what?" or the question above. The answer to that question has been, and remains, "I dunno." But today was a very exciting day because we received our bid list, the list of jobs available for the 156th A-100 class to fill. This narrows it down a bit.

The list is not what I had imagined it to be. While I was waiting to get here I had months and months to mull over all the places in the world, and which ones I would really like to go to and which ones I'm not so keen on. Well, most of my most-wanted cities turn out not to be on the list; on the other hand, most of my least-wanted aren't on there either. I have to rank every position as high, medium, or low. This is going to take some time and some research. I suspect a fairly complex spreadsheet will be in order.

But at the same time as I decide to prefer this place over that one and these over those, I have to keep in mind that I may end up at any of them anyway. When the list came out one of my classmates said it felt like Christmas, and another replied that we are at the stage where you shake your present to guess what's inside. This is a perfect metaphor. I wish I had thought of it myself.


  1. interesting, another classmate said she too wasn't thrilled w the list, which I've never read before in all my FS blog stalking, I mean reading. Hope you get excited about it after all.

  2. It's not that I'm not excited about it - I am - but with all my preimagined cities off the table it just takes a little more thought. Also, I hadn't realized exactly how many places there are that I've never heard of, so I have to look them all up before I can form an opinion.