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January 14th, 2017:

Beginning my 4th year

madmen_standardAnniversaries are only meaningful to the people that they directly affect. Yesterday wasn’t special to most people. But for me, it marked three years since I began this amazing adventure.

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my entry into public service. It was just another day at the Foreign Service Institute: I sat in Vietnamese class for five hours, had a meeting with the program director to discuss the results of our latest language progress evaluation, commiserated with a colleague who didn’t do as well on his progress evaluation as he would have liked to, and made more plans for my upcoming language immersion trip.

I have never regretted this career choice, and I hope that I never do.