No more test anxiety

I’ve always been a good student who received good grades, but toward the end of college, I started to experience test anxiety. Even though I studied hard, when I sat down to take exams, I had trouble remembering what I’d learned and even experienced physical symptoms of anxiety. In spite of this, I finished college with reasonably good grades and was hired by a major tech firm after graduation. 

The problem returned when, several years into my career, I wanted to go back to school to get a graduate degree. The thought of taking the graduate school admission test was scary, but I signed up to take it anyway and began studying. 

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Even though I studied hard, when I sat down to take exams, I had trouble remembering what I’d learned.

The night before the exam, I was overwhelmed by bad memories of taking tests during college and worried about whether I would get a good enough score to get into grad school. I knew that conquering this fear would require a change in perspective, so I reached out to God in prayer, as I had many times in the past. I knew from what I’d learned in Christian Science Sunday School that another name for God is Mind. Since there is one, infinite God, there can be only one Mind, which is all-knowing and infinite. This is the Mind that I express, because God created me in His image, as it says in the Bible (see Genesis 1:27). The anxiety I had been feeling was replaced with peace. 

Then a thought came to me that I knew was from God: “Mind isn’t measured; it’s expressed.” Wow! I’d been so focused on what my test score would be, but in that moment I realized it’s impossible to measure infinite Mind, especially with a test score. 

Since I was created in the image of God, I didn’t have to try hard to express Mind. I am effortlessly Mind’s expression!

Then this analogy occurred to me: If someone is walking by a lake, their reflection in the water moves with them. The reflection doesn’t need to try to follow along, nor could it ever do a poor job of following along. I realized that since I was created in the image of God, I didn’t have to try hard to express Mind. I am effortlessly Mind’s expression!

At the testing facility the next day, I was completely calm and didn’t experience any symptoms of anxiety. I felt confident during the test and received scores that made it possible for me to attend the graduate school of my choice. Throughout the program, I always felt peaceful when taking exams, and I never again suffered from test anxiety.

I am so grateful to be a student of Christian Science. I learn more each day about how to overcome perceived limitations like this one and to live freely as the full expression of God.

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