I've been thinking about going to school for CR. There is a school near me, but I've been wondering about online vs in person, any feedback? Do you think it would be helpful to just go the actual campus?
Thanks so much for checking out Steno Nerd! I really appreciate all your positive feedback! THANK YOU! :)
No, I unfortunately won't be at the DRA Bar-B-Que this weekend. I have work. But I'm so glad you're going to go. I heard that it's even tougher for online court reporting students to feel connected to other students and/or instructors, so going to these meet-and-greets is a VERY AWESOME way for you (or me! Wish I could go!) to get connected. I encourage you to find a court reporting mentor as well. If you don't find one(s) at the picnic this weekend, they have a group here just for that specific reason. Check it out -- "The Mentors."
160 is going great! Thanks again for all the well wishes! I think today I might have passed my last 160 test! I graded 4 errors, and the limit is 17! But I don't want to say that I officially passed yet since my teacher hasn't looked at it yet... but it's pretty certain, RIGHT??? I HOPE SO!!! Anyway, I should know by next week.
If I did pass, then that means I'm moving onto a new classroom with a new teacher. This is the "higher speed" class -- 180 wpm all the way up to Qualifiers at 225 wpm. The big leagues now, baby! Hehehe. Well, we'll see by next week...
How's school going for you? Where and when do you practice since you're doing the online program?
Thanks for deciding to not un-friend me! Hehehe. I love it that people can have different beliefs and yet still be friends. :) That's maturity for ya! ;) So thanks! Really! :)
Thank you also for all the kind words about stenonerd.blogspot.com. I'm really humbled every time people say that they were somehow helped or encouraged through the blog. :)
I'm glad that the 20-minutes interval practice is working for you! It works great on me since I tend to have a very short attention span! Thus, 20 minutes is perfect! Hehehe.
That's the right word: "invested." Your student loans are TRULY investments for your fabulous, soon-to-be life as a professional court reporter! My boyfriend and I agree that student loans are like the ONLY debt we'd like to have that we consider "good." Well, that and a mortgage, a necessary car, and those unexpected medical bills. Hehehe.
I think you're going at a great pace, Cody! Keep it up! You'll be at your 100-120 speed in no time... and then faster, faster, faster onward you go! :)
Where do you practice? At home, cafes, libraries, or all of the above? I practice at school, libraries, cafes, and at home... in that order! :)
You know, I never thought that me working at a law office was a real benefit as a court reporting student. But I guess you're right! Because I'm surrounded by all the legalese all the time, I'm not scared to talk with an attorney and my jump from a student to a working professional reporter won't be too, too scary for me since I'm in somewhat familiar territory. Thanks for helping me realize that blessing, Cody! :)
But not to worry at all! Once you get higher in the speeds, you'll get to sit out with professional court reporters for internship hours. They'll show you all the ropes, and you'll feel much more at ease when you finally transition yourself as a working reporter. I had my first sit-in this past summer break, and it was great! You'll learn so much! :)
Thanks for adding me as a friend. I love your About Me section. Yes, we "nerds" need to stick together and motivate one another toward the finish goal! :)
I went to the brick-and-mortar Bryan College. After about a year I transferred to Tri-Community because the tuition is non-existent in comparison to Bryan's. So now I travel instead of incurring student loans.
How do you like Bryan's online program? How long have you been on it? Do you work, too? What speed are you in?
I've been going to Tri-Community for a few years now (not exactly sure the exact timeframe anymore) but only last year went back full-time. I work part-time at a law office, as well as very part-time as a freelance transcriptionist. Busy busy busy! I'm at 160 wpm with one more test needed to get to 180 wpm. I would LOVE to finish by next year! We'll see!
Also, please check out my blog if you haven't yet -- stenonerd.blogspot.com. I chronicle my court reporting journey in it and through it want to be a good, fun, helpful resource for fellow court reporting students... like yourself! :) Thanks in advance!