I started the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT in 2011 after completing my B.A. in 2008.  I was passionate about learning to write on the machine and honing my editing skills.  School was all-consuming to say the least, and at the same time, I was managing a 4 and 6-year-old and a husband.  Nerissa and I had talked about starting a partnership after I finished school.

Skip to the end of year 2, 2013, I was on the lower end of the speed scale but still very motivated to finish.  It was during this time that I started proofreading.  I enjoyed the editing part of this profession.

Over the next three years, I went back to my pre-school job to help pay for con ed, but that just reinforced that that is not what I wanted to do with my life.  In June of 2015, I left that position and started scoping.  I was still focused on finishing my speeds, getting out of school, and starting a career as a court reporter.

The financial burden of school and the emotional impact led me to step away from school and find my “happiness” again.  I went back again to my pre-school position to assist with the family finances.  During this time, Nerissa proposed that we start our partnership, even though I wasn’t done school.  She was looking to gain some time back, and I was looking to quit my current position and work in my preferred field.

I can say that this was the best decision I could have made, and I haven’t been this happy in a long time.  I really have a passion for the editing part of the job, and it gives me the flexibility I was looking for as a court reporter.

I don’t have any regrets about going to school or where I ended up.  It all led me to where I am today.  Working directly with Nerissa has made this stay-at-home job less isolated.  And it was a win-win situation for both of us.

I have a huge respect for the training and work court reporters do.  I treat every job I do as if my name was going on it.

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