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Ten day meme thingie, continued. Tomorrow, work. Blegh.

I wish I hadn't gotten a degree in Biology; a subject I loved, like English or History, would have suited me better.

I wish I hadn't talked myself out of applying for ivy league colleges - even back then I fretted about money.

I wish I hadn't let one horrible oral assessment keep me from trying out for the Foreign Service again. Back then I had nothing holding me here and now, it's more complicated.

I wish I hadn't turned down that congressional internship in Washington, D.C.

I wish I hadn't let one bad relationship scare me away from California.

I wish I hadn't stopped working out. I am at ground zero all over again.



Date: 2011-01-02 03:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] summer-queen.livejournal.com
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I wish I hadn't let one horrible oral assessment keep me from trying out for the Foreign Service again. Back then I had nothing holding me here and now, it's more complicated.

Those oral assessments can be so demoralizing. I'm thinking I will pass on this next round of written exams and see how I feel later in the year after I've expired off the Consular list....

Date: 2011-01-02 05:28 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] joseishijin.livejournal.com
Yes, it was definitely the worst interview experience ever! When I was younger, I have to admit that I was rather cocky. I thought I was the shit and even when I didn't get a scholarship or a job, I figured it was their problem, not mine. The oral assessment was a turning point for me...and although I feel a little silly for saying it, it was almost like a curse. From that day forward, I was total crap at interviews. Part of it was just because I was getting older and less "I RULE!" and part of it was just that I stopped going to so many interviews and so I tended to be less prepared.

I do just want to say that I admire you so much for going after this like you do. I know you have had some shitty things happen to you last year, but the fact that you keep trying for what you want is just awesome. &hearts

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