* 1) Substantive Knowledge: The Foreign Service seeks a diverse workforce with broad job skills and a depth of experience to represent the US overseas. Briefly describe why you chose the career track you selected.
Well over a year ago, I considered working with my brother-in-law at Northwestern Mutual. I took the preliminary tests and did very well. Along with the other partners, I met with David Thompson, the Managing Director. Ultimately, I decided to pursue other options. However, the director and I, sharing what I hope is mutual respect, developed an uncommon bond. As we parted ways, he gave me a bit of counsel that has become something of a guiding light. The parameters surrounding his work are: “Do I love…show more content… It was my job to carefully and respectfully navigate the tedious terrain of the church’s policy on baptismal candidacy.
I remember one interview in particular with a woman who had been molested as a child. While any outsider would clearly perceive this woman as free of any culpability, she felt that her mistreatment was not only somehow her fault, but that it disqualified her from enjoying the benefits and freedom that baptism would bring (according to the teachings she had recently received).
It was my responsibility to help her reach a different understanding. With compassion and love, I discussed with her the circumstance of her history. We read religious text together. I was able to attend her baptismal service later that week.
* 4) Communication Skills: Communication skills are critical to successful diplomacy. Describe a situation in which you used your communication skills (either in English or another language) to further an aim or achieve a goal. (What was the situation? What steps did you take to deal with the situation? What was the result?)
As a high school student, I was selected to be part of a 15-member humanitarian aid trip to Haiti, sponsored by Rotary International and facilitated by the Peace Corps. Our purpose was to build latrines. As part of our preparation prior to departure, we were taught basic masonry. The challenge came, however, when our small all-American