Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. Let me just say that the last few weeks have been hell (most especially this one). I knew taking on the challenge of being a full-time student, full-time worker and studying for the CPA was going to be tough, but it is really taking a toll on me. I am a zombie most days. Work and school have both been demanding. It is a quarter month so payroll and sales taxes have piled on top of my regular month end duties. School, on the other hand, has consisted of midterm after midterm. What was I thinking when I registered for 5 classes at the beginning of the quarter? However, I am happy to report that I am managing A’s and high B’s in these classes. CPA studying has been placed on the back burner. I’m really disappointed in myself for letting myself fall behind.
Stacey is a NINJA CPA blogger. The little moments keep me going. I was struggling with the sessions after work where I would sit down and challenge myself to study just a little bit longer each day. After about thirty multiple choice questions, I got tired! No matter what time of day, no matter what type of day I had, no matter how much sleep I got, I could not stay awake during these longer sessions. I tried to get up and walk around for 5 minutes then come back but I could not keep my eyes open. I started to question if I can really do this, if I am committed enough. But I want this! I am studying for FAR right now and am actually interested in many of the topics that involve my current job. I want to completely understand and be able to teach others (and
John is a NINJA CPA blogger. Hello NINJAs, As I head into the last four weeks before taking my BEC exam, I’ve really started to hit my NINJA MCQs hard. I’m applying a concept I learned as an analyst and that is the Agile concept. My interpretation is to go through a process of trying new ideas and if one doesn’t work you keep iterating till you find one that does. I have seen this concept mentioned here on Another71 and I’m putting it to the test. What made me want to try this process is concept of, “Fail often and fail fast.” This is how I begin analyzing new data sets at work. I first heard this quote from a data analyst seminar. One of the core mission statements in the development of their software product is to give people the ability to iterate quickly which means fail often and
Keona is a NINJA CPA blogger. I took REG this weekend. It is the last part I need to pass before being completely done with the CPA exam. I have so many mixed feelings. Of course, I’m happy there is a possibility that I will not have to study for this monster of a test again. I also feel like the burden will not be completely off my shoulder until I see the passing score flash on my computer screen. I honestly don’t know how the test went but I know I gave my all. Now I plan on enjoying my free time.
Introducing Kristen! Hello fellow NINJAs! I wish I could say this was my first time with Another71, and that I was a new NINJA, but it is not the case. Like some of you, this is not my first rodeo, but I am back to take the bull by the horns! A few years ago I started studying for my exams, and my very first day I thought, “THERE IS NO WAY I WILL EVER LEARN ALL OF THIS!” And I worked at it, hard. I started with AUD as I had no experience or classes in that area and, after my first exam, I got a….74. Ouch. Back to the books, study study study, and I got a……74. Tears. Third time was a charm; I did well and passed with a high 80’s score. Next came REG, which I had touched at various points, and I passed that. That
Christina is a NINJA CPA blogger. It’s been a crazy few weeks. Last week I was copying my and this week I’ll do that again and start with MCQs. I know a lot of people say go straight for the MCQs, but that’s what I did last time and it didn’t work. I’m trying to get back into REG and get my mind wrapped around everything before I start the MCQs. I’ve been joined by kids the past week in studying because we’ve had thunderstorms just about every night. It’s made for difficult studying, but at least I was still studying. My husband says I need to get the test over with so we can move on with our lives. Hmm… that’d be great if I could get some more studying time! It’s hard on our families because they don’t completely understand what we’re going through with these exams and