My Placement Exams Are Tomorrow

Updated: Jul 22

And I am starting to get super nervous!


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I spent this morning practicing my Russian skills with my friend and teacher, Natasha.


But I still feel like I am not ready.


I used to be over-confident in my skills. So much so, I walked into an interview for the Cyber branch of the Army without ever practicing.


That was the last moment I was so confident.


Walking out of that interview, I felt like a complete idiot. I babbled on about a silly little video game I created for my computer science class. Sure, it was good for my level of skill in coding, but it was not, as the interviewer said, something I was willing to bring with me and present, now, was it?


Oops.


My confidence also fell after an interview I did to try to get into West Point's pre-grad-school classes. You can read about that here.


So, yeah. I am maybe not the best under pressure.


And I have talked about this with Natasha about my performance on these tests. They're just placement exams, so why fret? Of course it would be nice to place high enough to get into the advanced course, but if I don't then...so what? I'll still learn Russian in a lower-level setting, and it would be good for me to get more practice in if that's what my Russian skills require.


I'm still super nervous, though.



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