Coffee With a Diplomat

Today I had the opportunity to chat with Amanda Johnson, the Diplomat-in-Residence for the central region of the United States. OU has the distinct privilege of hosting this position, and Amanda was recently appointed in the Fall of 2019. She mentioned she likes to hold these coffee events to give students the opportunity to ask questions about careers in the foreign service; she is able to contribute a great deal of personal insight based on her own experience.
I am very interested in a career in the Foreign Service, but this job title can appear overwhelming, as their are several different career tracks and many different roles within the ranks. It was nice to receive insight as to what the day-to-day lives of officers looks like, and to learn how they help facilitate affairs in stations across the globe. I am most interested in the Public Diplomacy track, which happens to be the one Mrs. Johnson chose to pursue. I love the idea that officers serve as a conduit between foreign countries and the U.S., and help facilitate affairs between nations.

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