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Interview with CCR Mentor Megan Strawn

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Megan Strawn

Why did you decide to become a court reporter?

After going through the horrible experience of losing my job as a construction accountant and being unemployed, I wanted a skill that would always be in demand.  I quite literally stumbled upon court reporting school while doing an Internet search, and I thought it sounded interesting.

 

What were your strengths/weaknesses while in school?

Believe it or not, speed was a strength of mine in school.  I played piano for eight years in my childhood, so it was a very easy transition to write shorthand because I felt like I was playing piano.  My weakness was my own insecurity.  I'd let nerves get the best of me during tests.  Be confident in your skill level no matter what it is.  You'll pass that next test whether it's today, tomorrow, next week, or next month.  This skill requires patience!

 

What are you most proud of in your career?

 I passed all three portions of the RPR while I was still a student, and I had my certification upon graduating court reporting school.  It was a great feeling of accomplishment!

 

What advice/tips would you offer for any students or new reporters?

Never stop practicing!  I've only been a reporter for three years, but I still practice every day.  Don't be afraid to network and ask questions.  There is so much you don't know that only comes from experience, but don't be intimidated.  All reporters have been in your shoes.  Sign up for the NCRA Virtual mentor program to get one-on-one interaction with a working reporter.

 

What do you love most about your career?

Every day is a new learning experience.  You learn new words, new statutes, new case law.  There is always a chance to be better, write shorter and faster.  I never get bored.

 

Have you accomplished something unrelated to your career that you'd like to relate?

I acted with Ryan Reynolds back when he was a lead character on a Nickelodeon series. I was only a featured extra, but he looked nothing like he does now!

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