Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Your file is now complete and with your Placement Officer for determination for service"

I received an email this morning from my Placement Assistant letting me know that my file is complete and that it is now with my Placement Specialist for final review. I am beyond ecstatic! It is so comforting to know that everything is in and that I am in the last stage of this whole process. I know it's only been a few months since I applied but it has felt like an eternity...

Of course, the email reminded me (in a standard form way) that I may not receive an invitation for my program of nomination and to be open to working with the Placement Specialist in the case I am invited to serve in another location. This is cause for consideration and some deep thought. So that is exactly what I have been doing. This is what I have surmised:

I am open to whatever happens. I didn't have a place in mind when I applied and I said that I would be willing to serve wherever my help was needed most. Yes, I am pretty excited about the idea of serving in Botswana (thank you Peace Corps Wiki and the Mobleys for your inside information) but am also pretty confident that wherever I end up will be the right place for me. Also, I did some research on my Placement Specialist and she has done everything, literally, and is a highly educated and accomplished individual. I have confidence in her and believe she will place me somewhere I am well suited. That being said, I obviously prefer my Sub-Saharan Africa nomination because I have mentally committed myself to going (and my family has started their "Africa funds" and would probably opt to visit Africa instead of me if my location changed).

In the end, it will be a worthwhile and amazing adventure wherever I end up. I am just excited to be rounding out this process and finding out where I will be serving.

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."


  1. Although I would REALLY like to visit Africa.. I'm kinda open to wherever you end up. There are some radddd places you could end up!! (and maybe with cheaper flights?) Still.. fingers are crossed for you that you go to Africa since I know you want it so bad!

  2. Well, Africa would be fun, but I'm not going to see Africa, I'm going to see you! I'm just so happy to know that your file is complete!

  3. Woo-hoo! Now, on to more waiting :)

  4. *BOING BOING BOING BOING!!* You're file is on to the finalist, the lady to place you, the last link in this looooooooooooooooooooong chain!!! Again, I'm totally doing a happy dance for you.

    But mope to the idea that you might be sent somewhere else! Like super mope! I will write our mutual placement specialist on your behalf to ask her to reconsider sending you somewhere else if you don't get sent to Botswana (that is, if you want me to)!