Big Steps Forward

I’v made a few steps forward in my life plans. I’m thrilled to share  some of the progress.

Last week I received news that I actually passed my Italian C1 certification exam that I took back in December in Rome! Unbelievable. I was so convinced that I bombed it that I’ve been studying every day to be prepared to return to Italy to take that exam again. I certainly don’t regret all the time I’ve invested in the last few months improving my language ability through watching movies, doing exercises, reviewing flashcards, chatting with Italians in person and over WhatsApp. However, it does come as a huge relief that I won’t have to go back for this one step.

As it turns out, getting my advanced certification in Italian is the biggest link for me to pursue my dream of returning to Italy to go back to college to become an engineer. Now I just have to take the SAT, which I find somewhat hilarious because it’s been 15 years since I took it last and I already have a college degree, but I’m not complaining! Finally I’ll just have to apply for school. If admitted I might be able to move to Italy as soon as June, which gives me a several month window to transfer with Apple to a new store there.

My class is going well at MCC. It is leaving me fairly excited about returning to taking classes full time and I feel like I’m going to be ready for the transition.

Also I just need to find one more document to start applying for citizenship.

That’s all for now.

Studying for My Italian Exam in Pescara

Having finished my slice of pizza I sip on my Peroni while studying for my Italian exam.

Preoccupying my mind is the incredible difficulty of the Italian exam that awaits me. The slice of pizza fills my stomach, the Peroni calms my nerves and the cool breeze fall air lifts my spirits as I work on some practice exams.

I’m realizing at this point how badly I underestimated the difficulty of this  upcoming exam. The C1 advanced exam is clearly crafted to test some of the most difficult aspects of the language in a way that gives some native speakers pause from time to time. I’m struggling the most with the prepositions and the verb tenses. It doesn’t help that a huge portion of my grade will be based on sections that are graded based on my writing and conversation, preventing me from knowing how I’m doing in those respects during my practice.

I’m trying to remain as positive as possible but the stress is starting to wash over me now. I hate to feel defeated a week before I even take the exam, but at this point it feels like I’ll probably have to study more and take it again. I’m feeling more determined than ever and I don’t care if I have to take it twice. This is something I want and I’m going to manifest it in my life. I’m not going to sign up for an easier level just to pass.

Back to studying. This is endless, but it certainly helps to be completely immersed here in Italy.