that I passed my last 180 test and am officially at 200 WPM!!!!!!!!!!
It's amazing. I can finally say I'm at 200 WPM... a place I've wanted to be in for sooooooooooo long! I have a very good friend of mine at court reporting school. We had started Theory together at Bryan College and had both found our way to Downey Adult School. I asked her if she knew the year when we started court reporting school since I had lost track of time. Gulp, it was 7 years ago that we started our court reporting journey!!! But NOT to be dismayed. We both went to school part-time, which everyone knows that going part-time to court reporting school plus working full-time is SUPER HARD to do! Not impossible, just SUPER HARD! (That's why, if you have a chance to go full-time to school, TAKE IT!!!)
Admittedly, I did not put school at the forefront of my priorities back then as I do now. 7 years ago I had placed my job, my church, my family, my friends, my social life as NUMBER 1 -- all these were behind my court reporting education. Stupid girl! :P Now I know MUCH BETTER!
Now this same friend/classmate and I are at school on a full-time basis for the first time, and we are flying by!!! And I'm so happy for both our successes... as well as EVERYONE ELSE'S SUCCESS!!!
I don't regret the "wasted years." I learned a lot. And I will not feel sorry for myself or think that I am less than the court reporting student who is at 200 WPM and did it in 1 year. We all come with different sets of circumstances and levels of determination. I am GLAD for the 7 years behind me... because now it makes me WANT WANT WANT to be a court reporter THAT MUCH MORE!!! It makes my soon-to-be-accomplished-goal of becoming a licensed court reporter SO, SO, SO MUCH SWEETER!!! So I don't take it for granted. I am better because of it!
So going back to the tests...
Thankfully, I've already passed my 190 Congressional test and 180 Jury Charge test. That means I only need 2 more tests to pass to get into Qualifiers: 200 4-voice test at 5 minutes and 10 minutes. I will take the RPR before or while in Qualifiers to see if I can get the RPR license, as well as the CSR license, under my belt.
Exciting times! It's all FINALLY coming together... and I truly believe that GOD's TIMING IS PERFECT!
Haha, thanks for reading my joyful post! :)