Thursday, June 30th was a big day for me…the end of a very important phase of my life…it was Part II of the State Interpreter Exam. I had already passed Part 1 Written State Interpreter Exam with a 96 score a month before…I then took the State Exam Refresher Course at SFSU for the month of June … all we did in class were simulated tests on all aspects of the State Exam — Sight Translation, Consecutive Interpretation and Simultaneous Interpretation.
Loved being in class with Eric, our heads the Department as well, he is always hilarious and love it how he throws in words like, ‘ni madres, un chingo, etc.’, it broke up the stress in class, for me anyway. While my class scores weren’t great, they weren’t ‘pa la fregada’ either — the goal was to get 70 or above and I kept getting scores of 68 … to which Eric sat me down and told me to have faith in myself, to tell myself, “you can do this!” and “yo soy chingona” LOL
So I kept at it, practicing every day … practically falling asleep while practicing…so the test day comes and I am, pleasantly surprised at how calm I am, how my ‘mevalemadre’ attitude showed up RIGHT on time! I also stopped at my PO Box and, lo and behold, my diploma from SFSU comes into the mail! Good sign!
When I got into Walnut Creek to take the exam, I was like, ‘let’s do this’…the test actually felt easier than the hard assignments I had been working on (thank God!) and although I did stumble on the Span to Eng SIGHT Exam and, during the Simultaneous portion, blanked out on the word “puzzle” not one but TWO times — chiiiin….! of course, the word “rompecabezas” came to me as I was walking out of the test room, con ganas to ask them to let me do that part over LOL!
I proceeded to sit in the lobby and had something for ‘happy hour’ and sat back and thought about this journey — the one time, in many years, where I actually DID what I SAID I would do, I was actually a ‘woman of my word’ and was able to send a silent ‘ya ves?’ shout out to a certain guy who used to throw this fact in my face hasta el cansancio! I did not let myself down which taught me something huge … that once I was on the right track with myself, that everything else would fall into place! I also saw the faces of all of my classmates who were going thru this journey with me and, of course, my guardian angel was right up there — the person who paid my tuition when I didn’t have one dollar to pay for my last class!
Also LOVE IT that I still have that ‘go for it’ ‘handle it’ ‘let’s do this’ attitude! I am always afraid that I’ll lose this attitude when life gets in my way. Always very important for me to keep challenging myself and walking through my fears and insecurities, always like blazing that trail, always like doing things that I’m too afraid to try, that I’m too old to try, that are too ‘hard’ to do. It is at this exact place, where I find my ‘huevos’, that the stars eventually line up and I can feel all of the doors of opportunity opening up for me. I get this chill that starts in the middle of my back and goes up to my neck — it’s like God confirms that I’m still here, I’m still marketable, I’m still viable, I’ve still got it. Makes the journey worth it ESO si!
I won’t know until ‘on or before September 30th’ whether I passed or not! Hope that I was able to pass and, if not, I’m happy that I finished what I started!