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  1. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Has anyone else heard about the IT Fellowship? It's for IMS, so it's a switch from FSO to a specialist, but it looks really interesting. I'm considering applying along with the Pickering. I know it's a big shift, but the more I look at what IMS do the more I see how important that job is. And strangely enough I've been able to keep up my tech studies alongside the rest during undergraduate so I think I would be a strong candidate. I know it would mean a lot of things, like not getting language training, and less work with the host-country, but at the same time it's really a very vital job... And a lot of the job is about working with FSO's and other embassy staff, through trainings and trouble-shooting, which I really like. That's one of the things I loved about tech, the opportunity to help people and make information easily accessible.
  2. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @Karakoy and everyone else, how's it going with preparing for the Rangel? Are you nervous? I remember previous applicants saying that they wished they hadn't been so obsessed with studying foreign affairs in the interim and had worked more on preparing for the interview itself, but that's anecdotal advice at best.
  3. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @BrittOrange, welcome and congratulations! To those of you who are finalists, if you haven't already some of the previous topics on the Rangel/Pickering have more advice/details on the finalist process and the interviews if you want to peruse back that far. Seriously congratulations on all your hard work! You can do this! @ayasofaya I get that, too. If you would enjoy the Fulbright, isn't that also something to consider? It's not time lost if you "take that year", because you're enhancing your application but also doing something really interesting that you're passionate about. Who knows what could come from it?
  4. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya It's incredibly hard to say. It is frustrating to never get feedback, and I understand what you're feeling right now. But it's also not a reason to lose hope entirely. Most applicants don't get through the first attempt. Often it takes time in the work-force or other activities, it seems, anecdotally. But also, remember that the Pickering tends to move on wholly different applicants than the Rangel for some reason. Many finalists for the Pickering were never selected to interview for the Rangel. (Similar with the Payne.) I know how crushing this news can be, how hard it is to figure out what to do next, but I also want you to know that there's a community out there and that whatever you chose to do it's amazing that you got this far. It's not easy putting yourself out there like what is required for these applications. And at this stage, getting a rejection isn't necessarily a comment about you or your situation, only the incredible level of quality of the many many applicants. This ratio of related degrees is in keeping with the general applicant pool, too. It is, after all, most likely students in those fields who know about the FS and find out about this Fellowship. Remember the chances of moving to the finals are so very slim, that you could very well be a shoe-in for one of these other Fellowships or perhaps next year, etc. Which is not to say that this doesn't suck and that you don't need to take some time to consider your options and plans for life. Just that I hope you can hold equal to the disappointment a level of pride and satisfaction that you are far enough along to apply to something like this, know what you want, and have your support/community believe in you. That's something pretty fantastic! I'm not sure if that's in any way helpful, but I honestly don't think it's a shame, so to speak, to not be selected to these things. We're all freaking amazing. And whether you end up continuing with the Fellowships or getting into the FS through some other avenue or even applying yourself elsewhere that doesn't take away from your hard work and commitment to public service. So, if you can, even just a little, try to pat yourself on the back and remember that you're pretty freaking great no matter today's results. <3
  5. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya, Hey, I just got the email. It's another no for me this year. But hopefully that means everyone will receive their email tonight at some point!
  6. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya Haha, I know. My immediate thought was, oh no if you don't get an email tonight maybe it's a sign? But then again, having been in this process before and for other programs there's always some weird pattern for emails. Sometimes it's based on names or other things, often it's just a way of automating sending out massive amounts of emails. So no worries yet! <3 (Not that that's easy to maintain!) Good luck though! I hope you get the good news sometime soon!
  7. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @Karakoy Congratulations! Oh my gosh, that's so great to hear. I'm wishing you all the best with the rest of the process. And, @johnwfoster12, welcome and congratulations to you too!!!
  8. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    I wonder if they're going alphabetically?
  9. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    I'm actually happily surprised, they've made a huge effort to streamline the dates this year for the Rangel. It's all very quick and neatly laid out.
  10. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    They do seem pretty specific with the 26th being listed in several areas. Ayasofaya, I'm in the same boat, trying to plan everything as if I get a rejection so that I'll know what to do from here.
  11. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya That is an unfortunate situation. There's always been a lot of chatter about the unfairness of the Fellowships (not just the R/P) for normal applicants off the register. I completely understand that frustration, but part of me also wonders -- if we keep having hiring freezes, what would the FS look like with several years of cohorts where there is such a focus on diversity? Would we finally end up with more than just a smattering of ELO's coming from different backgrounds and could this result in a more balanced FS later on down the line? It's been a priority of pretty much all the SOS for a while now, but it's so hard to implement. I should hope that there's some positive benefits from all this, even if unintended. @Karakoy I'm trying not to think about it! These last few weeks/days always seem the worst in hindsight because you're so hopeful, beginning to truly imagine what life could be like and plan things, and then inevitably the answer comes and reality comes back down no matter the response. It's odd to go from that height to a no, or to suddenly frantically trying to figure out the interview process. How're you doing lately?
  12. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya I think normally this would be disconcerting but it seems to have been handled as well as possible. I've been reading some press briefings and Sec Tillerson's comments and it's clear there's still a really strong commitment to the Fellows.
  13. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    Thanks @ayasofaya, I hadn't heard anything about the current Rangel/Pickering Fellows being asked to consider a Consular Fellowship position due to hiring freezes/no A-100 courses for the time being. It's an interesting concept, I wonder what they intend to do with all the fellows who don't have a 3/3 in the specific languages of the CF program. Or those who don't take the offer. It makes some sense though, since from what I understand you'd do a two-year tour, which any fellow would do anyway for their Consular obligation, and then have the chance of moving to an A-100 course if one was available.
  14. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    I wish the FSOT was closer to where I live. :3 Also, I've been scouring the internet and look what I found for all our anxious-needs: Uh-huh, it's Foreign Service meme's and other jokes~ There's a ton of them, too. I've been browsing when I get too concerned and it's a nice reminder of how normal/silly/strange many of these experiences are.
  15. Rangel Fellowship 2018

    @ayasofaya You should also consider taking the FSO test if you can. The fellowships are not the only way into the FS and I know some previous applicants got pretty far in both processes at the same time, which is to say it's possible.