What does it mean to be dedicated? Dedication means getting up early on a Saturday morning and traveling into Downtown Manhattan to proctor a test on your birthday. Dedication means waiting for the last person to finish their test and hoping that everyone passed and never once thinking, "Would you hurry up!" Dedication is getting up after celebrating your birthday, and a little too much libation, to get up and proctor the same test all over again.
Why do I do it? I do it for the love of the profession. I care and I want others to do their best. Seeing the candidates invigorates me and pushes me to do my best. I look at their dedication to taking tests and doing their best. I look forward to this semi-annual exercise of giving the tests and seeing old friends and new ones. I see them from all levels: Students to the 25-year veteran, they all inspire me.
This profession has taken me and molded me into the person I am today. I used to look at myself as just another kid from the Bronx who made good, but I now look at myself as a dedicated and competent professional who is a part of a team of individuals dedicated to their jobs.
Dedication is talking to the dejected ones and trying to help them down the road to certification and helping them get to where you are, never once forgetting where you came from.
I look forward to seeing my Sabbath Observers, people who are dedicated to another aspect of their lives, an aspect of my life I wish I was closer to. I like giving the test on Sunday morning with this group and we have a good time together. Make no mistake, Saturday has a certain electricity, but Sunday and the Sabbath Observers are a mellow bunch and it caps the weekend off nicely. I like sitting and talking shop -- this goes for both days -- and hearing what's going on in the profession.
Proctoring the RPR exams is just one aspect of the job I'm dedicated to. God knows there are other things I do in this profession that I enjoy. I proctor the tests because I enjoy it and I'm in my element because I'm still taking tests and look forward to my next set of challenges.