All Ati Training was self paced and I started at the bottom and worked my way up. During the first few months I gained some ground but then things picked up really quick. In all truth however I never gained ground during the six months. But I do admit that I benefited greatly from some of the coaching I did get, which was good advice from some very experienced teachers. The most beneficial part for me was the time devoted to helping my weaknesses and this is what I have learnt from all the six months of Ati training.
The subject of weaknesses was an area of much discussion amongst the teachers and coaches during the six months. There were plenty of suggestions about this but each one of them was more focused on my lack of clinical experience than anything else. I know this sounds strange but I had been doing a lot of hospital work and not having spent a great deal of time out in the field, so I did not think that I had any real weaknesses in my clinical skills. What I learned about the weakness areas was that I had to study a little more and really understand what the exam was about and not just the format of the exam.
I spent about two months studying for the Six-Month Anniversary Test. The Six Month Anniversary Test is conducted each six months and it is normally held at either the local hospital or at the University of Reading. This was the first Six Month Test I had ever taken. During this time I gained about twelve pounds. This was good because I needed to lose some weight in order to take the exam at the University of Reading. I had been doing quite well and I knew I had to increase my strength and stamina.
I did this during my third month of gaining the weight and I was determined to make it happen. The Six Month Anniversary Test was actually held in a gymnasium, and I was confident that I could do well in such a large venue. It was a warm day and I found that the air was nice and there were a lot of people there. This meant that I could be sure that I was going to have a good time.
I arrived early and was ready to tackle the six months of exams. I knew I was going to need a lot of energy and I also knew that I needed to eat a lot more than normal. I knew that I could handle these things and I also knew that I had a goal in mind. I knew that I wanted to pass the Six Month Anniversary Test and get an AA degree.
During the six months of this test I tackled every single one of the six exams. There were a couple of easy ones and two of the harder ones. During the entire testing period I lost about seventy-five pounds and I gained about fifteen pounds in the process. I also did the burping test, carried water in a can, ran up and down the stairs, threw the weight bar, jumped rope, spoke in Italian, and even sat through a presentation in Spanish. During the entire process I kept myself focused and I kept my mind open. I kept my determination and I did not let anything stand in my way to achieving my goal.
I still wonder what it would have been if I had taken longer on this course. Maybe I would have had more time to prepare for the Six-Month Anniversary Test. I don’t know. What I do know is that I accomplished my goal and I am extremely proud of myself for accomplishing such a feat. I am so very happy with my accomplishment and I am so very proud of the six months I put into preparing myself for the Six-Month Anniversary Test.