Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A year ago today I put on a suit for the first time in ages and made my way to the State Department building on 23rd street. Quite to my surprise, they let me in. I found myself in a cavernous conference room filled with similarly besuited newbies who also couldn't quite believe they were really there. Finally.

It took more than four years to get from my first stab at the written exam to my first day with the Department. I'm a cynic by nature so I try to keep my expectations low, but when I finally got the job I'd been lusting after for so long I couldn't help but hope it would turn out to be all I had imagined it would be. And I have to say, it pretty much has.

A year ago, did I imagine I would be where I am, doing what I'm doing? Clearly not. A year ago I'd have been hard pressed to find Conakry on a map. But I imagined I would be someplace exotic doing work I found challenging and fulfilling. And now I'm in Conakry, working a job I love with amazing colleagues, friends, and neighbors, and I still can't quite believe it.

Happy anniversary 156th! I hope you are all loving this as much as I am, and that we'll all continue to do so for many years to come.


  1. So happy for you Meredith!

  2. And here's hoping for [at least] another year of witty and interesting blogging! Love your writing, Meredith... keep it up!