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About Andrew

This is probably more information than you really wanted to know about me, but I figured I might as well share a little bit about myself that you could find out from a quick Google search anyway. You already know my name is Andrew, and I'm a young gun straight out of Samford University with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. I'm a bit of an overachiever, but I'm OK with that.

If you ask my parents what I wanted to be when I was little, they would tell you my dream job was to be a pig farmer. Ok. Done chuckling? Don't knock it - it would've been a cool job, I guess. After that brief stint of career ambition, I switched to wanting to be a school bus driver. Not just any school bus driver, though. The coolest driver ever. I would let kids sit wherever they wanted (no assigned seats!), drink from their juice boxes and eat their snacks on the bus. And I'd do it all with a pet parrot on my shoulder. A specially trained parrot. One that would fly back into the bus and peck the heads of the kids who were being unruly.

Over the next twenty years, my career aspirations changed. One day during my junior year at Samford, a Diplomat-in-Residence for the Southeastern Region of the US came to the university to do a little recruiting spiel for the US Foreign Service. I was pretty intrigued - worldwide travel, language learning, and pretty good benefits. It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. The Consular Affairs division really seemed to be the best fit for me. I'm not smart enough to work in Political Affairs; I hate math, so that knocks out Economic Affairs; and Public Diplomacy and Management didn't really entice me. Ultimately, what made me like the Consular Affairs division was its apparently inherent ability to provide service to both foreigners and American citizens.

So what's next? Well, this young gun is beginning his career in the Foreign Service as a Diplomat of the United States of America. Quite the change from a pig farmer, huh? My goals for this blog are simple: chronicle my life as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO); enable family and friends to keep up with my daily life easily; and provide useful information and anecdotes to the Foreign Service community at large.

Enjoy.

Updated 8/13/10: Some folks have asked about my FSO Hiring Timeline. Here it is:

  • FSOT: October 2009
  • PNs: November 2009
  • FSOA: April 2, 2010 - Score: 5.6 - Cone: Consular Affairs
  • Security Interview: April 23, 2010
  • Medical clearance: May 5, 2010
  • Register: May 20, 2010 - Rank: 19/114
  • Do Not Call List: May 21-July 1, 2010
  • Call received: July 18, 2010
  • A-100: Sept 13, 2010