I got home from work last night and a white envelope was sitting on the desk. Probably just a bill … wait…what’s that? NCARB? ALREADY? It’s only been a week and a half since my exam. This couldn’t be good…or maybe it was….I ripped into it, holding my breath like always.
PASS!! (A wine bottle was opened almost instantly.)
I’m honestly blown away, I didn’t expect to see that result. Now that I’ve celebrated/calmed down a little bit, I’ve been thinking about why it went my way. Aside from studying until I was blue in the face, I think that having a solid conceptual understanding of structures truly saved me. Reading about lateral, seismic, and wind forces from multiple sources (eg: FEMA, Buildings at Risk, Kaplan, misc study guides) was crucial to my success. While I wish I would have spent more time on equations and practice problems, I understand (and agree) with other examinees suggestion that knowing what the equations and their components mean is almost more important than how to solve them.
When I told Nate the good news he said “told you!”, which turned out to be the same sentiment from others as well. Apparently you all have more faith in me than I do. Thanks for that, and for all the kind words of support and encouragement during the process. I know I couldn’t do this without you.
So, 4 down…3 to go. Words cannot express how good it feels to be over the half way point. Now let’s just hope that this successful streak continues.