Hey all! This is my third time submitting the Personal Narratives and I thought I’d put together a guide. The first thing you should know is that we (as FS hopefuls) know almost nothing about how PNs are graded or why some people pass and some people fail. This is all up to BEX as they review the “whole candidate.” Who is the whole candidate? Good question.
Acronym Cheat Sheet
- BEX – Board of Examiners
- PN – Personal Narrative
- PNQ – Personal Narrative Question
- QEP – Qualified Examination Panel
Sorry folks, no A-100 offer this time. It was honestly a roller coaster since the shadow register showed me in the #1 spot while invites were going out. Unfortunately, the shadow register is self-reported. That means that while it can show me when I won’t get an offer (too many confirmed candidates above me), it may be inaccurate when it tells me I will get an offer. Continue reading
Hello 2019! January Invitations, the Shutdown, my 3rd FSOT, and some Good News….You’ve been a doozy already.
Hello there readers! It’s been a while. Much has changed in my normal life (hello from Texas!), but not much has budged on the foreign service process. The worst part of this whole process is that once you get yourself on the register, all you can do is wait. Continue reading