Today I received another email from the placement office, this time asking for an update on my French progress. I’ve been somewhat dreading this update as I am not proud of my French studies. Since my nomination, I have:
- Completed level I of Rosetta Stone for French
- Signed up and took a few formal classes at The Graduate School here in DC
Now, I have some pretty good reasons for this, first and foremost being my job. I work extensive and unpredictable hours (for example I was in the office from 8am – 11pm yesterday) and occasionally travel for client engagements, so trying to get to class at 6pm each Wednesday proved near impossible. Also, once I missed my original nomination due to my eye surgery, I wasn’t sure that they’d still slot me in a French speaking country as I barely qualify for that designation with my “4 years of romantic language training” also known as high school Spanish.
I included in my email response that I am more than happy to do whatever I can in the time between now and if/when I am slotted to leave. Once I know a definitive date, I plan on leaving my job, which would then allow me to complete more studies if necessary.
I’m curious to see how this affects my departure, if at all. I’m hopeful that I can either be slotted into a country without a language requirement or that they’ll let me take coursework after giving me an invitation.
Either way this is good news. The placement office is actively reviewing my file and hopefully I’ll be slotted into a program one way or another soon.