For those of you who don’t know, flight attendant training is not just ‘look pretty, smile, and pour a coke’. Flight attendant training is, summed up in one word, bootcamp. In a period of usually only a month, you have to be trained to be a firefighter, a medic, a customer service professional, a safety equipment operator, a crowd controller, a therapist, and more. The days are long, sleep is lacking, and stress is always at a high.
I’m five days into training and it already feels like I’ve been here for three weeks. Each day is crammed with learning policies and procedures, responsibilities and duties. Days start early and end late. Expectations are high. We must dress a certain way, act a certain way, pass every exam with an 80% or higher. If you are even a moment late, if you are too loud in the hallways, even if you roll your eyes, you could be sent home.
But I’m having a blast!
With the stress and hard work comes a camaraderie with my classmates I don’t think I’ll find anywhere else. And learning all this new information is as exciting as it is daunting. Every lesson is backed by the understanding that in a month or so I’ll be using this knowledge on the job. Everything we learn is pertinent and important. Everyone listens and is engaged in class, a nice change from my college days when seeing people sleeping in class was common. In training, even closing your eyes for a minute will get you a release.
Coffee has become my best friend!
Our first exams are coming up and I find I’m nervous. I don’t know what to expect and I only have one retake to use. But the teachers are amazing and giving us all the tools we need to succeed. If you are going through training, believe what they tell you, “trust in the process”!
It’s only been five days. I’ve got five weeks between me and my wings. And I’m determined to fly. Wish me luck!