In lieu of taking some time off now, I decided to go ahead and schedule my next exam, Schematic Design, for Sunday, July 15. There’s a Timbers match the night before against the LA Galaxy, so my goal is to be done by then so I can go enjoy it. It’s probably a long shot, but I’m hoping that we’ll have a hell of a shut out against them like we did last year. A girl can dream, right? Also, since we’re on the subject of the mighty PTFC, the new Adidas commercial with Darlington Nagbe and the Timbers Army featured is pretty cool (I can almost feel the green smoke in my lungs watching it).
Anyway, my options were to take the exam on the 15th, or wait until after my sister Amanda’s, Nate’s, and my birthdays (aka: 2 weeks of party time). That would push it back to mid/late August. It seems kind of silly to wait that long, and to be honest, I’d rather have another test under my belt before I get a year older. 27 is, after all, the goal age to have my license. Time is ticking! From what I’ve gathered on the forum and from conversations with others, it’s definitely reasonable to knock this one out in a couple of weeks. That’s probably a good thing, seeing that I have just over four weeks to prepare and I’ll be in Los Angeles for one of them!
I downloaded the software/exam guide from NCARB and will spend today familiarizing myself with it. I’m pretty excited to have a break from compiling a huge study guide, but I’ll still put together a step-by-step process like I do for all of the vignettes. I know it’ll take some work, and plenty of practice, but I have a good feeling about this exam already. It’s kind of nice.