I Came…I Saw…I Conquered!

I hope everyone reading this had an opportunity to at least find one thing that they are grateful for.  Truth be told, there’s an endless list if we really think about it.  The reason I’m checking in is because I wanted to share what God is able to do when you find your back against the wall.

Setting the Scene…

This past term for me at my university was one of my most challenging yet.  Initially, I coasted through my web development course and earned my CIW Web Development Associate certification.  I moved on to my Linux Foundations course.  I moved through that at a slightly slower pace, but still managed to take that exam and earn my LPI Linux Essentials certification with plenty of time left for my remaining two classes.  Next on the plate was my ITILv3 Foundations course.  This class nearly brought me to a standstill.  It was such a challenge that by the time I got through and earned my ITILv3 Foundations cert, I only had 6 weeks left for my 6 CU class:  Fundamentals of Interconnecting Network Devices.  After starting the course and reading the recommended pace, I was pretty much a day late and a dollar short from the looks of things.

Coming Down to the Wire…

Three weeks into me taking the class, the course instructor e-mailed me asking when I was going to take the exam since I only had a few weeks left before my term ended.  As nervous as I was, I swallowed any semblance of pride and set up a call to talk with him.  When we spoke on the phone, he was not very optimistic that I would pass on the first try and sent me an e-mail with a list of things I had to do before he would authorize me to get my exam voucher to go for it.  First on that list was taking a simulated exam to see where I landed…

FAIL:  674 OUT OF 1000 MAX

In the two weeks leading up to my certification exam, I would spend as many nights as possible studying.  Some nights, I didn’t make it in until 1 or 2am.  I was studying at Starbucks, then heading to a nearby diner or IHOP where they were open 24 hours.  Only God could have sustained me, and my family, through this last leg.  The night before I took the exam, I tried one more time to pull an all-nighter, but my body just could not take it anymore, and I passed out.

Going to Meet Goliath…

On exam day, the day before Thanksgiving, I gave the simulated exam one more go, pulling a different set of questions and a clear head:

PASS:  903 OUT OF 1000 MAX

Armed with a final breakdown of the areas I was weak in, I headed to the bookstore near my testing center to get some last minute review and reinforcement in before my 2pm appointment with this beast of an exam.  I had 2 big objectives in my mission to pass this exam:  prove to doubters that my God is bigger than their doubts (and mine also) and specifically keep a promise to my professor to give him a passing score to celebrate Thanksgiving with.

Facing the Giant…

Once I got settled in the testing center and began the exam, the most important thing I told myself was to not let the clock control me.  All the while, I am praying seeking God’s wisdom to see the questions as He would see them and let me weed out as many wrong answers as possible.  The other thing I prayed about through the exam was for God to help me remember the many commands I needed to be able to use to solve some of the simulated questions that came up on the exam (known as SIMLETS).  These prayers were so important to me because as I answered each question, I was NOT allowed to go back and review any answers before submitting and getting my results.  I made it to the end with just under 10 minutes left on my timer.  And, honestly, I was bracing myself to see FAIL come up on the screen.  However, to my surprise…

I’ll let my professor’s response speak here…

And with that, the giant was slain and I was able to take a victory lap and actually enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with family.  The next hurdles are the CCNA and CCDA certifications, also from Cisco.  I am in the process of having a pacing plan sorted out so that I can avoid the procrastination pitfalls that can so easily beset us.

3 thoughts on “I Came…I Saw…I Conquered!”

  1. So very proud of your determination, perseverance and faith. You are such a role model to your family and friends. God will continuously Bless you and give you favor.

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