The Captain Diaries: March 31, 2010

It’s official: I am scheduled to take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test next Wednesday. I’d like to think that I am prepared, but the truth is, I’m not. Even though I’ve been studying for it, the one section that is likely to kill my scores is the vocabulary section. I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don’t have the vocabulary that other Americans acquired through high school and beyond. Having been raised in Guatemala, my English vocabulary in middle school English classes consisted of “hello, how are you” and “one, two , three, four…”

So yes, I am worried. Not only do I have to score far above the minimum required for Coast Guard officer programs so I can beat the competition, but I also have to do it blindfolded, with a hand tied behind my back, while holding an umbrella and walking on a rope. Yeah… that’s pretty much how I feel. On the other hand, the Coast Guard wants only the best to get in. If I can do this, not only will I prove that a non-native speaker can beat native speakers on the ASVAB, but also that I will perform just as great as an officer. Am I scared? Yes. Am I panicking? Absolutely not! I have to do this. I have to pass the ASVAB with flying colors, not only to get into the Coast Guard, but also to prove to myself that I can do the impossible. After all, what kind of captain would I be if I let a piece of paper throw me overboard?



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