o·ver·a·chieve: to perform better or achieve more success than expected.

Takoyaki (octopus-filled pancake balls) drizzled with wasabi mayo

Takoyaki (octopus-filled pancake balls) drizzled with wasabi mayo

Two weeks ago, I drove down to Orange County at an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning (okay fine, it was only about 7am) to sit in on a three-hour intensive speed-lecture on food safety prior to taking the ServSafe Food Manager’s Certification Exam. I had downloaded the study guide that was provided along with my registration so I was able to review the material and take some practice exams the night before. As it turned out, I must have been the only person who did. Half of the class didn’t know there was a study guide and the other half didn’t seem to care. And then there was me… I unwittingly ended up being that girl who knew all the answers. I shrunk into my chair each time the teacher turned to me for a response. Oy.

After a lot of coffee to power through the day, we finally took the exam. We were given 2 hours, but I ended up finishing in about 30 minutes. The 90 questions were all multiple choice and tricky little buggers at that, so I figured that I would rely solely on my first instinct. I hardly looked back, except to make sure that I answered every question and addressed the more difficult ones I had skipped on my first go-through. Satisfied that I had correctly bubbled in my name at the top of the Scantron, I submitted my test and walked out the door.

Yesterday I received the email I had been waiting for. Your test scores are ready! Log onto ServSafe to view them. In anticipation, I had already created my account over a week ago. A few clicks later…

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination

Pass Percent Score: 75%

Your Percent Score: 100%

I stared at the screen in disbelief. 100%? Talk about overachieving.

I shared the good news with my Honey Bunny. The first thing he said (online) was “overachiever xP”. Then he congratulated me.

I suppose now there is no excuse for not getting out there and looking for opportunities. To be honest, I’m nervous. What if no one will hire me? What if I get a gig and completely suck at it? The past few weeks I was able to say “Oh, I’d rather wait until I get officially certified before I try to find work.” But now it’s a done deal and my certificate will be arriving in the mail any day now. Time to get out there and take some chances.

I hope to hear at least one “yes” amidst the expected sea of “no”s. I’m bad at taking rejection…

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