W&M alum travels the world with Foreign Service

“The first time I heard of Foreign Service, I knew that’s how I wanted to spend my life,” said Judy Baroody in a recent interview. “I was amazed to learn that you could be paid to travel and live overseas.”

Alas, she soon discovered that to become a Foreign Service Officer is not so simple.

“When I was at William and Mary, I took the Foreign Service exam and didn’t pass. But I finished college in three years and spent the next year traveling in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. I then became a TV reporter for almost seven years, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but never forgot the Foreign Service.”

In 1984 she took the exam again, passed it with flying colors and started a...