As many of you know, I have been trying to finish my degree. It has been a long road to earn my first degree, and I am not happy with what I have done. I started college in 1992. Since then I have attended 4 different school 5 different times. I have changed my major 5 different times. This is definitely not a formula for success.
This time around I am trying to get an IT degree with a Network Administration. I have been doing pretty well over the past two years with a scheduled graduation date of November of next year. At the beginning of this year, I started studying for the Configuring Windows 7 exam. I have taken the test 4 times with negative results. Yesterday, I took it for the 5th time…and failed.
This last score leaves me in kind of a bind. Microsoft’s policy is to only let a person take the test 5 times within a 12 month time frame. So, I won’t be able to take the test again until November 2011 (the month I was supposed to graduate). And, since the class was worth 6 credits (half of my class load) I did not pass enough credits for this term. This places me on an academic probation for the next term. I should not affect my financial aid, but it is very discouraging.
My IT mentor is going to try to get me into a Vista class so I can take a test soon. This will keep me from having to wait 12 months to take the test again. But it is still frustrating. It’s days like this that make me think I am an idiot and should just give up.
But I have given up too many times in my life and I am not about to give up on school for a 6th time. It may be frustrating and a little humiliating that I have been unable to pass this test. But, for now, my determination outweighs my frustration.
In 2011, I plan on being a graduate of Western Governor’s University and earning my first Bachelor’s Degree. It is going to be hard (it has already been hard) but I will not let that deter me from reaching this goal. I am tired of giving up. I am tired of other people dictating what I can and can’t do. I will be an IT professional.
Thanks for reading….and GO BOISE STATE!