30 June 2008

What I have learned in the past few days:
1. I absolutely loathe economics. It is right up there with math, physics, and philosophy in my mind.

2. My Spanish skills have degenerated to the point where I can only really understand five year old children. Which is a pity considering that I used to be getting pretty good (aka...slightly better than pitiful). Oh well, I guess this means I should just bust out my textbooks and start studying again.

3. Food poisoning makes for an incredibly lousy time overall.

4. My father just not understand the worldwide popularity or importance of football (soccer). In fact, I think it is really hard for any American to understand just how popular certain sports are over in Europe because we really don't have any equivalent. Yesterday, he was rather flummoxed as to why someone would delay a trip just to watch a football game. I spent the better part of an hour trying to explain to him that it wasn't JUST a football game, it was a matter of national pride for both teams. Anyways, it was a brilliant game. I watched it when we got home and was on the edge of my seat until the last minute. Brilliant.

5. I realized that I have doubts about taking the FSOT next summer. What if I get moved on to the next level? What if the impossible happens and I get offered a spot in the A100 class after graduation? Am I willing to give up the freedom that being a 20-something offers for the strict responsibilities of an overseas government job? I'm not entirely sure. Part of me just wants to jump into the FS and get started, for the excitement of traveling and contributing to something 'better' seems almost too much to think about. On the other hand, I would like to travel on my own, do reckless things which I can later frown upon/reminisce about, and just enjoy myself with few worries. Oh well. I suppose it all depends on whether or not I pass the written test and if/where I get into grad school. Up until recently, I had my heart set on SAIS. But the thought of living at home for two more years (which I would have to do, since SAIS is fairly close, and I would save about $20,000) is slightly horrific. So right now, I am fairly keen on LSE. It is in London, so housing will be expensive, but I'll be done in 11 months.

Oh the possibilities.

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