.آفاق جديدة

Title in Arabic. Translation: “New Horizons.”

On the evening of April 16th, I lounged on a futon in a friend’s apartment, nursed a beer, and enjoyed my Saturday night like any other 21-year-old. We listened to music, chatted, and intended to sip our evening away. I placed my phone on the coffee table earlier, deciding to keep it away from myself so that I could be 100% present with my friends. A couple hours later, I reached for my phone to check my texts; I received one from a friend that shook me. Read More

The Paper Trail Is Rocky

On September 24th, 2015, everything changed:

It was the day I received my Peace Corps Ecuador invitation. I was overwhelmed with such tremendous elation that I didn’t even stop to consider what would come next. Little did I know that for almost three months, I would be led down the most jarring bureaucratic trail that I had ever experienced. Granted, I’m only 21 years old, so perhaps I haven’t been alive long enough to gain familiarity with daunting paperwork and endless appointments. Nonetheless, the enormity of my to-do list would have made anyone’s head spin. Read More

Peace Corps Invitation - When the Enormous To-Do List Kills the Mood

When the Enormous To-Do List Kills the Mood

The Peace Corps requires a lot out of you once you accept your invitation. As soon as the thrill of becoming a Peace Corps Invitee wears off, the real work begins. I haven’t even begun the tasks required for medical or legal clearance, and I’ve already completed a massive list of undertakings. Read More

The Invitation

While I was studying for a physics test and noshing on an exceedingly healthful breakfast of vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches, an email alert flashed across my computer screen. It was from my Placement Officer. All I could see were a few words, but the very first one was, “Congratulations!” I could already feel the tears of joy welling up in my eyes, and I hadn’t even opened the email yet. My old MacBook Pro runs pretty slowly these days, and as I waited for the email to open, I almost ripped my hair out. Read More

Preparing for the Infamous Interview

My interview is only a few days away, so I thought I’d assist future PCVs in getting ready for their own interviews by creating a list of possible interview questions. While I haven’t had my interview yet, I received an email from a Peace Corps Volunteer Placement and Assessment Specialist with assorted questions to help me prepare. I’ve also spent quite a while perusing blogs and the Peace Corps Wiki page for interview questions, as well. Read More