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An Academy's Daunting Challenge

An Academy's Daunting Challenge

Kristen Winters

I watched most of my peers go. I kept raging an inner battle with my psyche, wanting my confidence to win. No one else had a problem, there was no way I was going to be the first.

I walked over to the engine, and pulled off the ladder. Quite a feat, since I couldn’t feel my hands. I grunted as I put the ladder up on my shoulder. I trudged through the deep snow, got to the tower, and threw that ladder down like it was an ex-boyfriend. I raised the fly section as high as I needed to go, tied my halyard, and gave a triumphant shout. Ladder, zero. Kristen, one.

Moral of the story? I never should have doubted myself. I never would have earned my spot at the academy if the powers-that-be didn’t think I could do it. I tried to keep my self doubt at bay after that. Try to do the same. You will enjoy you probationary period, and learn more, if you do.

Read Kristen’s Next Article: “I’m a Firefighter” – The Double Standard

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