By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak
I don’t know about you but when I was in school and my teacher said we were having a test, I wasn’t exactly a happy camper.
It’s been a few years since I was in grade school but here I am again preparing for another exam. I happen to be one of the thousands of Navy petty officers hoping to advance this cycle and to be perfectly honest, this whole process is stressing me out, even though I have taken the advancement exam once before.
I studied the BIBs. I made different colored flashcards. I took online practice quizzes. I even read questions on the test twice (not just because English is my second language). No matter what I did and despite all my preparations, I still left the test center feeling like an idiot.
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how I feel about the test or how stressed out I get. What matters is the reason why.
I want to advance.
There is a lot of pressure and I don’t want to disappoint my family, my friends, my command and of course myself. This is very important to me and I am going to take the exam as many times as it takes to advance.
So yes, maybe the advancement quotas were not the greatest last time. Sure, I felt disappointed, especially because I missed it only by a few measly points. But nothing will stop me from advancing this time around because it is my goal.
I will be a 2nd Class Petty Officer.
To all my fellow test-takers, I want to say good luck and may the force be with you.