Tomorrow is my last day at my current job. I will have a farewell lunch with my coworkers and wrap everything up. I’ve already cleaned out my desk and distributed my office supplies to the others. Plane ticket booked, apartment confirmed, pack-out scheduled, parents coming in a couple of days to buy my car and spend time with me…Looks like now I just need to get myself mentally and emotionally prepared, which seems far more difficult than sorting through all my things in my apartment.

I’m so excited to meet the rest of my training group. It looks like there are around 45-ish of us, and from all walks of life. They all seem so incredibly interesting and they are probably as nervous as I am. The first 6 weeks of the A-100 seem heavily devoted to orienting us to this drastic change in our lives as well as to build relationships and networks that will hopefully last through our careers.

I still think about “Flag Day” probably 10x every hour, pondering where in the world I could end up. I know it is not something I need to be worrying about quite yet, but there it is, just looming: June 5th. The day I find out where in the world I’ll be spending the next couple of years.

I’ve been incredibly humbled by the good wishes from friends and family that have come my way. It is a scary leap to make alone – not knowing where you’re going, when you’re going, who you’re working with, or even exactly what you’ll be doing, but having support from people makes it a little less terrifying. Time to take the leap!

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