Personal Narratives Guide

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

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Repeat After Me: “The Foreign Service Does Not Love Me Back”

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

Dreaming of FSI

My cat sitting on a suitcase, ready to travel

Hello all! I’m still ticking away on the register. Hiring has picked up again, which is excellent, but it may not be enough to clear the backlog on the political register down to my score. I’ll know more after the invitations for the September and October/November classes go out. In the meantime, I’ll be studying Spanish to take my language test and improve my score.

My former study buddy was invited to the 194th A-100 and has been posting drool-worthy pictures in the last few weeks. So, to indulge my fantasizing about a future with the Foreign Service, I thought I’d post this handy map. It is a map of all of the Foreign Service PCS Lodging Program Housing. I’ve newly updated it to reflect the current housing offered on each of the housing websites. They all look amazing!

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