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05-01-2002, 11:15 PM
05-02-2002, 09:58 AM
Having kids puts this in perspective. You do what you can and if you fail, there is always next year. Life does not stop because you have an exam. Although, the more exams you pass before you have kids, the better.
05-02-2002, 11:01 AM
I am feeling a bit tired and rather depressed about this whole exam business
There hasn't been a single person that has tried to go through this process that hasn't felt the same exact thing you're feeling right now. Remember that the exam is drawing very near and frustrations always mount at this time - you'll feel better when it's over. And one thing about these exams - they WILL be over on the day they're given, one way or another. I personally always start feeling like I'm never going to take another exam right about this time in the process. But after it's over and I get to recharge my batteries for a while, I usually feel like I can give it another go, especially on the good occasions where I pass.
I'll have to get back to you on what it's like to take them with kids - I'll go through that in the fall.
05-02-2002, 12:15 PM
As my wife likes to put it, no matter whether I pass or fail, she isn't going to love me less, my daughter's feelings about me aren't going to change, I won't lose my job if I don't pass. The only down side to not passing is that I will have to face the same exam again some time. In the great scheme of things, that's really not that bad.
Keep going and try and set a reward for yourself once your exam is done. It gives you something to look forward to.
05-02-2002, 02:02 PM
At this point in the cycle, I always like to set something up to look forward to. This time its something big, a new job. Sometimes its small like an expensive specialty beer that I put in the 'fridge and save until "the day".
Anyway, its sort of like surgery. The only reason anyone ever submits to a second one is that they dont *really* remember the pain of the earlier one :-?
05-02-2002, 06:50 PM
I know the feeling, AS. I'm in the same situation. There are a few things that keep me going:
1. The challenge. Even though most of the things on the exams are useless and irrelevant, they are darn hard! It makes me feel good every time I pass one. For me, passing exams doesn't tell me how much I know about the actuarial science (I don't give a damn), but it does tell me how good I am at meeting challenges.
2. The work. I like what I'm doing. The exams are just one of a few obstacle that I need to overcome. Life would be better after that.
3. The revenge. I know this sounds bad. However, the thought of vengeance is often the most effective tool in achieving what you want (I read fiction too much--that's why). Think of how many times people (your boss, your co-workers, bystanders) look down upon you just because you didn't pass an exam. (If this is not the case, pretend that it is). Your mission is to show them that you are not a dumba$$. Keep it up. Don't let anybody step on you.
4. Most importantly, seek supports from your loved ones. Even if you don't have your own family, you must have parents, brothers, sisters, or close friends. Be sure to spend time with them. Make sure you have your priorities straight. After all, exams are just a small part of your career, and your career is only a part of your life. So keep things in perspective.
05-02-2002, 07:17 PM
05-03-2002, 09:18 AM
Wow, I thought I was the only vengeful one here, keeping it secret. It is my wildcard. The extra tank of gas needed in the last week!
Revenge is sweet! :D
05-13-2002, 04:49 AM
any schizotypals out there?
hey those problems are so hard on exam 1...yucky.
6/10 is minimum passing right?
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