Daniel Kligerman

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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’t have to wait long: the proctor said the exam should be marked tonight, with the results emailed soon after. Needless to say, I am anxiously awaiting that email.

Now I am back on the Canadair Regional Jet that brought me here, an unbelievably refreshing Molson Canadian in hand. Beer always tastes best after playing hockey, but it tastes just as sweet now. All that would make it sweeter is a pass.

Here’s to hoping. Cheers.

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