Uncertainty can be happiness

"Security is a false god," or running around the world as an FSO

C’est moi

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Nietzsche always had the greatest quotes.

I went to a school that encouraged us eat each other’s hats, whack our canes, scream out the window and throw carbonized bread in the name of tradition. After taking a leave of absence from a school that is less than a fifth of the age of my first, I realized how much strange traditions rock.

I’m a former graduate student in biomedical engineering jumping out of the ivory tower, into a complete career shift as a Consular coned officer in the Foreign Service.

This blog touches upon my interests and humorous anecdotes that I do/run into in my spare time. It’s also chronicling my steps outside of academia, around the world, and in the Foreign Service as I begin my first tour in Seoul as a Political Officer.

What my name means

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you’re too busy having fun to care.

My personalDNA Report

Birthday: 8.13
Hobbies: Knitting, mountain biking, music, dancing, nerdity, craft work, travel, meeting intelligent beings

quirksalight at gmail dot com


12 Responses to “C’est moi”

  1. niko said

    hi, im an avid reader of nietzsche

  2. Grim said

    I am just recently delving into Nietzsche and other such material. I was inquiring into weather or not you have a Myspace page. If you do and get this, message me at http://www.myspace.com/grimstoned I wouldn’t mind hearing other thoughts on the subject.

  3. Jessica said

    OMG. MySpace? Passe.

  4. niCk said

    I see you’ve been to Yeongjong Island! I have been looking everywhere for some insight into that experience! If you could contact me at my email I would appreciate it so much!

    Where are you teaching now? Im leaving to teach in two and half weeks and I have no idea if I should go teach on Yeongjong or teach elementary on the Incheon mainland…

    Please help me!!! I would be forever indebt!

  5. Yeongjong is pretty isolated. It’s an island. There’s a subway and bus connection into the main part of Incheon and Seoul, but get ready for a 1 hour to 1.5 hour one way commute. What are you looking for? Are you an urban person or a country person. On Yeongjong Island, you’ve got everything you need. But do you need the hustle and bustle of the city life?

  6. Hey there – came across your website while looking up stuff for the Foreign Service. I too am in the middle of my security clearance process. I’d like to discuss our experiences. I’ve already had my language test (SCNL = Urdu) and my medical clearance is good pending one final bit of data that they’re waiting on.


  7. Taylor said

    I’m about to test for Farsi for the FSOT… Mind e-mailing me and telling me how the phone test was? Do they ask questions in target language and you respond… do they say something in English then you translate.. etc. Thanks.

  8. Rebecca said

    Hello. I just wanted to get in contact with you to see how your experience with EPIK in S. Korea went. I was reading some of your blog entries about it. I am considering going there starting this August. I would love any insight I can get into it to help make my decision. You can respond here or email me as I provided you with my email in this comment form. Thanks a lot!

  9. Hi,
    As I was researching about FSO career I found your blog. Thanks for sharing lots of useful info.
    I was wondering if you were born in Korea and naturalized Citizen of U.S. I am a naturalized citizen and I’m considering a career as FSO. However I heard that if you are from the country, they might not send you there and then I found your blog (you are Korean, went to Korea as your first post). Thank you for your time.

    • Heya, thanks for reading/writing. Yup, I’m a naturalized citizen, born in the ROK. Being naturalized doesn’t prevent you from serving in your birth country, but it doesn’t guarantee it either. It is decided on a case by case basis.

      I definitely encourage you to apply to the Foreign Service – it has been a great career so far and I’m looking forward to my future posts.

      Cheers, Beney

      • healthysaver said

        HI, Thanks for your reply! You are the first Korean person that I know who is a diplomat and I am really proud of you! If you don’t mind me asking, what career track did you choose?  I’m trying to decide between Econ, Mgmt, Consular and can’t decide.  I took the tool test at DoS and all three came in with 1 point difference in score. With your experience so far, did you see different job functions of FSOs with these career track? In Korea, do/did you serve as consular officer?  (What kind of job did they have you do in your own country)? Thank you also for the encouragement.  Being a stay at home mom for the past 10 years, I feel I don’t have enough work experience that they are looking for and I need to work on public speaking and writing skills.  As a FSO, are there a lot of times when you need to speak in public or write long assignment/reports? So many thoughts on my minds that I couldn’t sleep this past week since I found out about this career. :l



  10. Hmm, I replied in my email account and I thought I was emailing you. Looks like it also added the bottom reply portion. Could you remove that part with my email address on it please? Is there I can send you a direct email?

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