Got my medical packet on Friday! After some reassurance from the PC LJ Community, I’m not freaking out about it. There are some good recommendations in there, like, oh I don’t know, quitting smoking.
For those of you who don’t know, during the interview, the recruiter asks if there’s anyone in your life who isn’t supportive of serving. My recruiter was somewhat suprised when I said no. I mean, there are people who think I’m being an idiot and who don’t understand, but they’re still smiling, nodding, and telling me to follow my dream. As it turns out, there are more than a few PCVs whose families and friends really disapprove of going off to some foreign country for 27 months, just to make life a little bit better for someone else (esp. someone who’s *gasp* not American).
What brings all this to mind is a conversation I had last night with another girl who’s interested in applying. She’s about to graduate from GW, after spending 5 years in a program to get bother her undergrad and masters in business, but she isn’t ready to get on with the rest of her life. The thought of entering the corporate world is appalling to her, but her parents aren’t willing to listen to any other suggestions. They want her in a nice $60,000 a year job, settled, looking for a husband, and saving for her future. Her father is absolutely furious that she’s considering any other route, and her mother breaks down in tears whenever the girl brings it up. She hasn’t made up her mind yet. How could she?
So thanks, everyone, who’s been supportive. It’s rarer than you know, and I appreciate it.