In order toUnknown move forward at my current job I have to pass the nationwide mortgag
e licensing exam. I’ve taken it once, and the first try was far from where I wanted it to be, and I didn’t pass. You have to wait 30 days to retake the test, and during those 30 days I’ve kind of just b
en in this odd limbo position at work, where I can’t really take the next step forward, but for the first 2 weeks I was still too far out to study.

The 30 days have passed and I’ve signed up for test number 2. The take date for this one is this Thursday, August 11. The fun part about this test is you have to wait 30 days every time if you fail the exam. Except after the 3rd try, you have to wait 6 months.

That’s a very intimidating number, as I don’t want to be in the limbo position for 6 months, because just 1 month was excrutiating enough for me. That means I kind of have to pass it this time. This is the equivalent of being down 2–0 in a best of 7 series. You don’t have to win game 3, but you really really need to win game 3.

No one wants to go into game 4, or in this case test 3, with your back against the wall and you staring at an offseason, or in this case a 6 month season of waiting for another chance at it. This test really feels like the make or break one, even though I have one more attempt if need be.

It’s a good pressure though, and the 30 days of being in limbo just make me want to pass it that much more. I obviously would’ve pre- ferred to have passed it the first time, but the 30 days was more than enough fuel to get hun- gry for the next one.

They say that a series doesn’t start until a team loses a game on their home court. Test 2 is my home court game, and I’m really hoping that the series doesn’t start.

Aaron J. Boma 2016 ISU Graduate