The Soultown! Volume III: Issue 10 OCTOBER 2019 - Page 10

FEATURE faith in myself began to dwindle. The experience was so hard and every day I wanted to go home. I was giving up a lot here, and people were counting on me, but I was losing it. At the start of week 3, I let loose. I needed some fun, and my friend was coming to Denver to party. I had a test the next morning, but I needed a drink and scenery outside the hotel. I partied all night. The next morning I popped up and took an exam with 150 questions. I did not miss one. This was a “get to know yourself “ experience for me. I can’t stress. I do better when I walk away from work and come back to it later. Everything wasn’t peaches and cream after this moment. That’s right… I failed a written exam 4 days before the final. It was the equipment exam that explained the location of safety equipment as well as its functions. There was too much information crammed in, and I only could miss 9. I missed 13. I was experiencing stress all over again. I had one chance to get it all right: I passed my second time and walked on eggshells for the duration of the time. This was not easy for me. CPR and Choking training were combined somewhere between the final. If you did not demonstrate correctly on the dummies, you were out. That was a breeze for me, as well as building a bomb stack and conducting an emergency exit. My favorite part was jumping down the inflated slide. Seemingly, I was pretty good with the physical stuff, I even won an award in self-defense. I was nervous about the written final. I sat and looked at the test 10 minutes before writing anything down. I was going to sink or swim. Was I going to drown or become a Flight Attendant? The instructors made us sit patiently to find out who had the job. I had nothing really to go back home to, and I needed it more than ever at this point. On the projector I saw a list of names pop up, mine was there as well. I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew I wanted to cry. The next slide read “congratulations class 1905!” Oh my God, all the hard work paid off. I was starting a new career. “Mama, I made it!” I could not wait to call and text everyone who helped me along in this journey. I was relieved and humbled by the experience. The instructors ensured us that even though we passed, we still could get sent home from disruptive behavior in the hotel. I made sure I followed the rules and was on my best behavior. After we were congratulated, we were handed a packet with our IOE information. This was a packet informing us of when our test flight would take place, and that Courtesy Photo Above, class 1905 poses for a quick pic at the fire house after training. Below, Gabrielle learns to put out a fire with firefighter in Denver Colorado to receive a fire certification. “Mama, I made it! I was relieved and humbled by the experience.” was pass or fail as well. Since I signed up to move instead of being a commuter, I had 5 days to make it all happen. Yes, that’s all, 5 days to move from Waterloo, IA to Las Vegas NV. The next day we graduated! An instructor called my name, pinned my wings on me and handed me a certificate of completion. I was now a flight attendant, and starting a brand new career where I could travel the world for FREE! Once I returned home, I was embraced by friends and family who couldn’t wait to hear about my experience. I even had the chance to encourage some friends to start the journey as well. Now here I am living in Las Vegas, that’s right Sin City! I got an apartment squared away, I am 6 months into my career, there are so many more details about how this job works. Want to hear about it? Stay tuned, I’m going to tell you all about it. I am Queen Gabby, Flight Attendant and I thank all of the trainers, and strangers, now friends -- I’ve gained through this experience for having SO MUCH SOUL! , Oct. 2019 • The Soultown International Magazine • Celebrating 2 years • Connecting Our Cultures to Our Cyber & Conscious Communities • 10