Daniel Kligerman

Walking the Earth

The Deal is Done

This morning I awoke at 6am to a seemingly endess succession of wake-up calls and alarm clocks, put in place the night before to ensure I would not oversleep. After a quick but tasty complimentary breakfast at the hotel, I hopped aboard the shuttle which whisked me to the beautifully serene campus of Cisco Systems at Research Triangle Park. Being early, the doors were still locked, and so I waited in the warm morning air, pacing but not overly nervous. Two fellow exam takers arrived soon after, and then the proctor after them.

Walking into the exam room, I felt an odd sense of relief; the long hours of preparation and the more agonizing waiting were over, and all that was left was to sit down at one of the racks of familiar-looking routers and switches in front of me, and make them hum.

Over the next eight hours, plus a brief 20 minutes for lunch, I worked my way through the exam, running into a handful of problems, but solving them in time. One problem prompted me to ask the proctor for assistance, and after a few minutes of his double-checking it turned out to be a simple number conversion mistake that he was kind enough to point out. Another was not so simple, but I believe I came up with at least a partially correct solution. The rest of the questions I believe I solved correctly.

Only time will tell whether I passed, but I shouldn

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