It’s funny how involuntary reactions work with exam results. Every time I see an NCARB envelope my stomach drops to my diaphragm (oh no!) and then jumps up to my esophagus (oh boy!) and I hold my breath as I tear open the envelope. My hands shake, ever so lightly, as I peek at the header of the NCARB letter still tucked inside. Somehow this all occurs in a matter of seconds that feel like hours and is done without any conscious thought on my part. I’m sure you’ve experienced something similar too.
And then an honest to goodness smile as I see the word PASS.
I’m pretty dang happy and a bit relieved, like always. While I had a good feeling that the exam went well, it’s really nice to officially have another confirmed pass to my name. With five down, this is truly the first moment when I’ve felt that the end is near. There’s still plenty (and from what I’ve read on the forum that means a ton) of information to get thought on BDCS and BS but I’m ready to buckle down and focus. I’ve realized that my goal of knocking out the last two exams in the next four months means that both must be a PASS so I’m not wasting any time waiting around for six months to retake either of them.
But for now…let’s party, like we have before and will no doubt do again. While the examination process is getting a bit tiring, here’s hoping that celebration never does.