I have to say, I am completely flabbergasted. Today I received an e-mail telling me that my online status had been changed and I should go to my Peace Corps toolkit to review the changes. In my application status page was a bullet saying that my dental records have been reviewed and there are no dental holds on my record at that time. They also state that medical records generally lag behind dental records by 2-3 days. That means that I could be medically cleared for service next week! This is much, much sooner than I had expected since I think I mailed my packet just less than a week ago. What are the chances I will be invited to serve in September instead of in February as I had expected? I thought I would be terribly excited, but now that it comes down to it I have mixed feelings. I guess this is a sign for me to sit back, work on myself, and take the path as it comes.
After much ado, some sweat and blood, and plenty of tears (I cried on the inside) I have finally mailed my (what seems to be) complete medical history off to the Peace Corps. Now all that is left for me to do is wait. Every step I take makes it that much more real. I have taken every step needed to recieve an invitation to serve, but waiting may prove to be the hardest part of the whole process. Although, even without digging up files, filling out forms, and writing essays, I still have plenty of things on my plate to keep me busy and distracted until the time comes.

That brings me to my next thought about this. If I do get an invitation to serve for the time I was nominated for then this is my last chance to add things to my resume other than the Peace Corps. What I am doing right now will still be on my resume in two or three years when I apply for a career! Yikes. I feel like I should be so much busier than I am.... I take that back. I need to make sure that what I do really counts and that I follow through so that it's an important part of my resume, but there is nothing wrong with taking this last summer as a bit of a child and relaxing, learning, and indulging crazy cravings for art classes and a trip out East.

To all of you applying for the Peace Corps; I wish you the best of luck, and remember to follow your heart and instinct as well as your mind.