How to Tell if You’re Close to Mid-Service Form

For those who do not know, mid-service form is a reference to the common description of an athlete’s peak performance potential, or an athletes “mid-season form.” Here is my insight into this week’s blog headline:

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you have pulled off a successful project while been simultaneously confused, stressed and a bit scared.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you have made your regional manager proud, and if, at some point you have pissed him or her off.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. ordinary citizens recognize you in the street and you give them a short head nod saying, “I don’t know who you are, but I know you.”

You may be in mid-season form if….. friends call you to call play soccer

You may be in mid-season form if…..  your neighbors or friends call you to help them do housework or garden,

You may be in mid-season form if…..  most of the baboocias in your community know your name and although greet you even if you might not know their names

You may be in mid-season form if…..  all the small market clerks or Bazars people know your name and know exactly what food you like.

You may be in mid-season form if…..  when your host parents can order food at restaurants for you or know exactly what kind of food you like and all your habits,

You may be in mid-season form if…..  when someone asks where your home is, but you take a long time to answer because you’re not sure if they mean your village or your US city.

You may be in mid-season form if…..  you can call your RM just to joke

You may be close to mid-service form if….. people honk at you when you are crossing the street… (*Because they know you, and not, because you are crossing at the wrong time)

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you know the new SPA grant guidelines like the back of your hand.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you have your new number memorized.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. your coworkers start introducing you without adding the words “our American volunteer” before your name.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you have successful accomplish projects with your counterpart.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. a local has said that you have traveled more places than them, in their own country.

You may be close to mid-service form if…..  you have established a group of friends which you can share anything.

You may be close to mid-service form if…..  you have made progress with language skills (*no matter how minimal).

You may be close to mid-service form if….. ….. you are still reading this blog.

You may be close to mid-service form if…..  you are on a first name basis with at least one bus driver.

You may be close to mid-service form if….. you feel confident traveling alone anywhere in your country.

 

*These are the thoughts of Richard J. Roman, and do not reflect those of the Peace Corps or its affiliates.

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