Today was the day I had to take the test. The real reason we are here. It kind of slipped my mind after all the nice things in the last few days, but it had to be done. As I said yesterday, I was in the fourth group, at 14.30 local time. So this morning, I was pretty relaxed. I had a lot of time left before I had to do the test and there was no reason to be nervous yet.
After breakfast, we had the real opening of the event. With a very cool lasershow and some guys dressed up as astronauts, it was a great start. Then a few important men had things to say, but it didn’t take too long. At 9.23 we were allowed to leave, and then the waiting started. Tijmen was in the second group, at 11.30 and I had to wait 3 hours longer, until 14.30.
We watched a little bit of the Olympic Games. (Rowing; the Dutch men didn’t qualify and it was kind of disappointing.) Around 10.50 we went back downstairs, because Tijmens time was coming close. However, at 11.30 nothing had happened yet. We were told that they had a little delay and in around 10 minutes, test would start. Well, that didn’t happen.
At 12.00 we were still waiting and it made me really nervous to be honest. At 12.30, Tijmens group finally started, so I knew that they were running an hour behind on their schedule, so I wouldn’t have to do my test until 15.30. We had lunch and then we waited for Tijmen to finish. After that we watched some more of the Olympics, while waiting. When we went down again around 15.00, it turned out that there were 15 minutes of delay. Instead of the original 14.30, I would now start at 15.45.
At 15.30 we were all ready, waiting in front of the testing room. Nothing happened and we knew they would be delayed even further. Around 16.15, I was pretty done with all the waiting. It had been almost 7 hours and I just wanted to get it over with. I wasn’t really nervous, I just didn’t want to wait any longer.
Then, around 16.30, we had to line up to go into the room. And then, finally, I could sit down behind a computer and do my thing. I had to recreate an Excel workbook, but I got pretty good instructions and nice printscreens of how my workbook should look at the end. I was a little nervous when I started, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t as hard as I had feared.
All in all, I think I did pretty well. I finished with 7 minutes left (so it took me about 43 minutes), but I was actually one of the first people in my group to finish. I’m really happy, I did what I could and it’s so amazing to be able to compete here!
When I was finally done, we went to a shopping outlet nearby. I bought souvenirs voor Minke and Jochem (are you two happy?), and a little bracelet for myself. We also had dinner there and after the boys did some more shopping, we went home. Tomorrow will be a busy day; after a couple of presentations in the morning we will be going to Disney, I’m looking forward to that!