I have been in Real Estate class for the past 6 weeks and I am ready for it to be over. My brain hurts and my confidence is nearly non-existent. I don’t know why I am so full of doubt but I think I need to relax, seriously.
When it was mid-term time 2 weeks ago I was freaking out too. I was having panic attacks and my anxiety level was through the roof. I had called my dad because I couldn’t take the pressure in my chest. Naturally he starts with building my confidence “Beth, you are so smart you can do this without a problem. Just relax, you are going to do great!” Of course he is supposed to say that, he’s my dad.
I took a long walk and cleared my head a little, tried to muster up a little confidence telling myself it’s multiple choice so I will do great. I marched into the room and sat down, the panic and anxiety went away and I did my best.
My score: 96%
Wow! I could not believe I did so well. I was certain I had failed that mid-term. Not only did I not fail, I was one of only a handful in her 15 years of teaching who scored so high.
Ahhh, there is that confidence I needed.
Yeah, it wasn’t very long lived. Now I am back to my panic and anxiety, feeling like I am going to fail this test and it will be all for nothing. I’ve never been a bad test taker but this class is really wearing me down. Going over the “final exam review” doesn’t help me much because it is not multiple choice and if I had to try to explain it with words I couldn’t do it to save my life. My ability to recall is horrible, but put me in front of a multiple choice review, and I ace it.
I think I should quit being so hard on myself. I know I will probably do okay but I have failed at so much in my life I do not want to fail at this. If I can ace the final exam too, I am sure that will give me the confidence to dive head first into my new career.
I plan on taking the National/State exam within a couple days of finishing the class so if I ace the final exam my confidence will probably be really high. The best made plans though, we know how that works.
Now I am stuck trying to decide what I want to do with this license once I get it. The broker that I currently work for tells me that it will be a trial and error kind of thing, that doesn’t help much. I have several options to think about.
I can be a licensed assistant, a residential or commercial agent, a buyers agent, or a sellers agent. I can work with leasing and building too. Oh the possibilities are endless and I have no idea which direction I want to go in.
One thing I have been told is that commercial real estate is less stressful than residential. I have also been told by a few folks that I would probably be better working in commercial because of my more “professional” background. Oh goodness, I just don’t know.
I suppose the first step is to pass the final exam for class, and the state exam for licensing and then go from there. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!
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Last reviewed: 10 Dec 2012