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Well, I passed…now what?

Sorry it has been so long since my last post, things have been a little crazy. First, I was studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam, then my computer crapped-out on me, and blah blah blah. Excuses aside, I’m back. To answer the question that is on everyone’s mind: yes, I passed my CSW exam. In fact, I did a lot better than I thought I was going to (90/100). The exam was pretty straightforward and was about what I was expecting.

But now I have a new problem: what the hell am I supposed to do now? I spent the last few months studying and preparing for the exam and now that it’s over I feel like I’m in limbo; caught between this awkward desire to keep studying and the uncertainty about what this accomplishment means and what I should do with it. I certainly don’t feel smarter now that I got my flashy certificate and schnazy pin. I also don’t feel more confident in my writing or my ability to talk about wine. In fact, everything seems just about the same. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I thought something might change. Maybe it just takes a while to kick in? I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I find out. Passing this exam and feeling absolutely nothing got me thinking, do we ever stop feeling self-conscious about our level of knowledge and writing ability?

P.S. What do you all think about the new look?



2 thoughts on “Well, I passed…now what?

  1. The only people who don’t feel self-conscious about their work as writers are the hopelessly lost and the hysterically untalented. So, y’know, keep that in mind.

    Congratulations, Phil!

    Posted by Steve Paulo | March 23, 2011, 4:23 pm

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