T-minus one month until I enter Annex 44 for my Oral Assessment. Whoa. I'm not nervous. Who says I'm nervous?! ;)
I've been practicing, have almost memorized the lovely 13 Dimensions and have been achingly trying to get at least one word written down on paper for my Statement of Interest. I've enlisted the help of several folks, who I appreciate immensely for taking the time to help me prepare for this big moment. And though I am just a month away from the OA, I am trying to stay focused on my current Peace Corps duties and not loose track of the fact that I still have a lot of work to do here as the school year winds down. Yes, I know. Good luck with that, right?
It's funny, though, how much of my current life as a Peace Corps Volunteer is lending itself to my future goals. Each day, I feel I am gaining new skills that would help me immensely in a Foreign Service career. Gotta give an impromptu speech in an indigenous language about the American education system? Check. Meeting the mayor, and need to get briefed quickly on his background? Check. Plans have suddenly, randomly, inexplicably changed, and it falls on you to figure out a backup plan? Check. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork? Check. ;)
Last week, I was asked to write a Volunteer Assignment Description letter to the new Volunteers who are coming in February, and though it was just a simple letter, I found myself feeling very proud of what I have accomplished so far in-country. From and outsider's perspective, it might not seem like very much, but I have slowly learned that even the smallest acts can have a big effect on the hearts and minds of the people with whom I live and work.
Not to get too sentimental, but I really am starting to see that this is an undeniable truth. ;)