This pic was taken a few minutes ago (5:15pm) as I was walking to my car from the Embassy Suites in Walnut Creek after taking my State Interpreter Oral Exam…the exact place where I decided to change my clothes in the car as I thought that I was dressed too casually and wanted to walk my talk LOL Now I’m sitting here in Starbucks in Pleasant Hill where my car automatically drove to LOL because I just had to write about this!
You cannot know how AWESOME it feels to write and blast music that I love in my headphones instead of having to listening to and going thru all of these drills!
Test started off with the Sight Translation portion of the exam — I think that I did ‘ok’ — the Spanish to English one kicked my butt I think and I pray that I made it happen … for those of you who know how these tests go: the buzzer came on JUST as I was finishing the last line! Whew!
Second part of the test was the Consecutive part — and colegas you know that this is the one that I always felt the most confident about: I got the one about the security guy who was investigating a guy who didn’t want to leave his girlfriend’s apartment … on that one, I was able to keep up with the pace and made it in time and you better know that I loved being able to translate some cuss words LOL – and yes, I did ask for 2 repetitions on the 2 huge long passages…
Last part was the Simultaneous and I really hope I made it there — Me encomende a Dios and decided to freaking go for it — I felt like I did ok and I felt like this is where the Inner Chingona had the most work to do — I felt like I was fighting for every point and classmates: you know how I get when I work it! I had the Opening Argument about the guy that went in and stabbed the chicks in the salon de belleza/beauty salon.
Main thing for me was to actually get myself back up and keep moving forward … it was very humbling and I was devastated to not pass the first time I took the State Oral Exam in June … this time, I knew how the test would be administered so I was able to enter into it much more centered and calmer. I studied a few hours each day and in the car those malditas CDs were going non-stop.
It is very important for me to become a woman of my word and to do the right thing — part of doing the right thing is to keep on keeping on, trying again, and working through any disappointments, sad days, and turning negative situations into positive ones — today was significant because I came through for myself! Let’s hope that I’m able to see the goal all the way through and, that on March 31st, I’m able to say that I passed! Also, very relieved not to have to carry around the montonal de libros y CDs de tarea everywhere I go! However, books and tapes will stay in my car until I hear the results: that way, if I don’t pass, I don’t have to go and dig them out of storage again LOL
For my SFSU peeps: When I got to the exam earlier today, I heard a male voice arguing a todo volumen with the test takers … we ALL know this person and I ran in to check in and told them that I would wait somewhere else to take the exam … when this person came up to me to try to get me all up into his drama, I actually had to tell him to ‘irse mucho a la …’ when he became frustrated with me when I would not engage — I just wanted to meditate and get myself mentally ready … email me if you wanna know who homeboy was …
Happy and relieved that it’s over…for now!