A new year beginning with a full moon and months of preparation for an exam I was terrified to take. I had been thinking of this exam ever since I had graduated in May. Then once I scheduled the actual date, I began to study. But then I did the unthinkable… I looked up what “other people” did to pass the LMSW. That was a huge mistake. I keep playing one comment over and over in my head, “I have failed the exam 7 times!” What? How in the hell was I going to ever pass this thing if people have tried multiple times and failed? I have to be honest, I was truly doubting myself.
I woke up this morning, at the crack of dawn, drove to the testing site and started the most intense exam I have taken to date (next to the EMT licensing exam). I read the questions twice, eliminated the two choices that were clearly not an option, read the question again and made my selection.
Then, when I was finished, I hit “complete the exam” and my results popped up. I passed. I needed 98 to pass and I had 107. I was so grateful that my studying and work experience paid off.
This was the first on my list of goals for 2018, and on the second day I achieved it. I have 3,000 hours of supervision and a lot more experience to go before I test for my LCSW. However, this is a giant leap for me in the direction I want to go for my career. I have so many more goals for the year, but one at a time, right?
2018 is going to be a great year. It already started off on the right foot.