Friday, July 30, 2010
Test Day Thoughts
I took my CLEP exams in a town twenty minutes away, and the drive gave us a chance to talk, grab a Sonic slush or malt (or gas station hot chocolate if it was cold out), and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma countryside.
The DSST exams were an hour and a half away, so that just multiplied the fun! Getting up early to arrive in time for an 8:00 AM test is definitely not on my list of favorite things, but when the test was over we explored historic homes, museums, and stores, went to Subway (my favorite place to eat), and visited forests, rivers, and parks. Most of all we would laugh and enjoy the freedom that comes with a completed test. For a few brief hours I could relax and not worry about conquering knowledge.
I know how blessed I was to focus on one subject at a time and devote my entire study time to it. I didn't have assignments spread out over several months -- like I do now with the online classes. Instead, each subject had one test -- the CLEP or DSST -- and I could take as much or as little time as I needed to study for it. My shortest span between tests was 3 1/2 hours. The longest was 10 weeks (it was my hardest subject, math, and I took a family vacation in there too.) In 21 months I earned 108 college credits -- while spending time with my family, my sweetheart Zachary, and church. I thank the Lord for all His help. Only 5 months of school left!