I have some Big BIG BIG news for you today!
Remember how throughout this fall I wasn’t posting as often because I was a) really busy at work and b) studying for my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) exam?
Remember how I took it a couple weeks ago and said that it was really difficult, and that I honestly wasn’t sure if I passed?
Remember how during the few weeks leading up to the exam I was basically a hermit with no social life, because I still had like 1000 things to study? (Nerd City)
Well GUESS WHAT?!
*Note: This is a lie. I didn’t just pass. I CRUSHED it.
(Merry Christmas to me)
That’s right. You are now reading the blog of:
Stephanie d’Orsay MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
(and you like it)
My plan is to keep adding initials after my name until I can’t fit any more on my business card. And then I’ll get a second business card just to fit all of the initials.
Now, getting the email last night came as a total shock for a few reasons. When I took the exam on December 1st, we were told that we wouldn’t get the results for 6-8 weeks, so I wasn’t expecting to hear anything for at least another month. On top of that, the exam was damn hard, and to be honest, I couldn’t tell if I passed or not when I finished that day.
To make the whole thing even sweeter still, one of my very good friends, Christina (who writes an awesome blog herself over at Wicked Paleo), passed her exam too! (Go tell her congratulations when you leave here, she’ll appreciate it!) She and I graduated from undergrad together (in the same program), went through the same Master’s program, and now took and passed our CSCS exams on the very same day. So basically, we share a brain. Except her brain is paleo, and mine’s not. 😉
So what does this mean for me? (and for you?) Well, not too much for right now. This does not mean that I’m all of a sudden the worlds best personal trainer or an amazing strength coach. What it does mean is that I studied my ass off, have a great understanding of the basic foundation of strength and conditioning, and now I have even more of a reason to learn everything I can to make myself better every day. No, scratch that. I don’t have a reason to, I have an obligation to. To stop learning because I passed my CSCS would make me a damn fool. No, having this credential means that I have to stay on top of my game; have to keep learning every thing I can about the world of strength and conditioning; have to live up to the credential itself.
Am I up for it? You betcha.
As for now, a celebration is in order.