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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sleepy Week

This week has been a little rough for me in terms of, you know, staying awake and attentive in training. Mind you, I never once actually fell asleep, but there was definitely a time on Monday morning when my head may or may not have been drooping a little. And on two separate afternoons, I had to take shots of a Mountain Dew to get the caffeine kick to stay focused.

So why the sleepiness this week? Well, I think there may be a few different reasons.

First, I'm getting roughly 6.5-7 hours of sleep a night. Some of you might say that this is plenty and you actually get less than that and still function just fine. For me, though, a solid 8 hours of sleep is deeply appreciated... and necessary.

Second, it didn't help that most of our sessions were the kind where we sit down and are supposed to absorb all of the information being thrown at us. In fact, one of our presenters described it as turning on a fire hose and spraying us with information, hoping that we might remember a few bits of it after training.

Now, don't get me wrong... I'm loving A-100. But I will definitely agree with the statement that we're approaching the limit of information saturation. I could use some time to sit and absorb it all before starting a new topic.

Luckily, that's just what I'll get this weekend. I'm flying to Nashville for the weekend to take care of some stuff, and I'm really looking forward to it. Don't get me wrong, I love being in DC, but a quick hop over to Nashville to do things completely unrelated to the Foreign Service will be a welcome escape.

So, until next time... peace.


  1. So how like college life is it? Are most of the people there your age, or is there a variety? Is there going to be a test at the end? Good luck staying awake man -- hopefully they have a starbucks on "campus."