Friday, February 24, 2017

About Us

N is a Foreign Service Officer (FSO). M is her husband.

We are both Virginians, born and raised, but very excited to begin our adventure in the Foreign Service in Spring 2017. We hope this blog can help keep our loved ones up-to-date on our daily lives as well as serve as a resource for anyone else interested in a diplomatic career or what the heck Foreign Service members do with their taxpayer dollars.

You can subscribe by email at the bottom of the page. My application timeline can be found here. If you want to read all of my advice (for some reason), go here.


  1. Hi N. I just wanted to thank you for your awesome blog! As someone interested in the Foreign Service (who also happens to be a fellow member of the Church of Jesus Christ), I have found your posts fun, thoughtful, and very informative. They have also helped me realize that I may actually be more interested in the PD track than the Political track, which is the Cone I applied under last year (passed the test, but not the QEP). So thanks again for sharing! You've helped at least one fellow Mid-Atlantic friend -L

    1. Your comment made my day, Lillian! I'm so glad to know this has been helpful. Don't give up - it took me three tries (and some of my friends many more) to get in, but it's worth it! And definitely let me know once you start A-100. :)

    2. Hooray! I absolutely will do. And should I pass the test again this year, I may just reach out sooner :)

  2. Hi N!
    As a current FS applicant, I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it! The fact that it's relatively recent and updated really helps those of us interested in the current FS life.
    M and I attended a professional event last Feb in DC before COVID and I'm interested in his work progress. Hopefully that's enough to jog the memory without divulging personal info. I don't see a way to contact you without divulging more personal info openly so in the interest of personal OPSEC, can you (or M) contact me via disposable email:[email protected].
    Keep up with the blog and thank you for sharing your adventure and experiences!