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I am in my last year of graduate school. I recently applied for an internship program with the Department of State and I got selected. I was very happy with the idea of working for this particular agency until I realized that the place of duty for this particular internship is in South America. I know this is a great opportunity, but the issue is that my Spanish is not that good and I do not know if I will do good in a position that requires me to communicate in that language. My counselor thinks that I am perfect for the position and that it will help me in the career path that I want to take after I graduate. I also think that it will be great experience, but I am very concerned with the language issue. Do you think I should just go and do it? Or, should I look for something else?
The Graduate Student
Dear Graduate Student,
I am very happy to hear this. This is a great opportunity that does not come around too often. You are very lucky that you got selected for such a great opportunity in life. I would say, go for it. What you feel right now is normal. You are in a position that requires you to get out of your comfort zone to be able to achieve a goal. That is great! What I will suggest you to do is to be honest with yourself and see what exactly is that you are concerned about. Is it really the language issue or is it that you are afraid of the challenge? Either way, just identify what is that is preventing you from making a final decision and work on it. You cannot allow your fear to prevent you from doing things in life. If you are really concerned about the language issue, start taking some Spanish classes to become more proficient, but do not let your fears to keep you from achieving your goals. Believe me; if they chose you is because they think you can do it, so again; go for it.
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