The dreaded sound of my alarm is blaring in the background again. I was studying for the CPA exam until midnight last night and it’s 6 AM, but there ain’t no rest for the wicked.
I am attempting to complete my exams faster than most, and my hope is that I have success. I’d love to pass them all the first time, but trying to do them all in five months is a little ambitious, and who knows what kind of wrenches life may throw at me.
Like last week when the boiler broke and carbon monoxide was all over my basement-I loved that. Or when a bearing on my vehicle broke and I spent half a day at Midas. There is only so much you can do. I don’t think it matters if you study 100 or 200 of 400 hours, you will never feel totally comfortable.
My name is Dustin. I am 22 years old and from Maine. 22? Wow he is so young! Naw, not really, I will have my 150 credits at the end of this semester, am starting at Big 4 in Boston this coming fall, and have met all requirements for both Maine and Massachusetts (definitely had to spell check that since I still can’t spell Massachusetts!).
I was told that I am too young to take the exam now and I should wait for my “real-world” experience. I think those are words coming from somebody who wishes they had their exams done before they started working. Fighting words? Maybe.
I am in my last semester of a 5-year BS in Accounting and MBA in Maine, and am quite ambitious. To be honest, I don’t need any awards for outstanding scores or anything of that sort. Being the 300 Club is good enough for me (75’s all around).
I study hard, but still find time to stay active (playing intramural sports a few nights a week) and attempting to stay sane. I didn’t leave my house for three days once while studying for Audit and it wasn’t ideal. I almost never wear sweats in public, and I have definitely been doing that quite often.
I got my first haircut in almost 2 months the other day and it was glorious, and I planned a mini weekend getaway for after my next exam. I used to drink sometimes for happiness, now I drink out of sadness (just kidding, I can’t even remember the last time I drank).
Lucky for me, it is Maine, and it is winter- so it is pretty well cold and snowy all the damn time. Only thing I hate is that I can’t be skiing or snowboarding or something a tad more exciting than vegetating and losing sleep.
I am one week from BEC and still have to get through 1.5 chapters, and yet here I am, writing this. I think it is good to take your mind away from the hustle once in a while.
It is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, I’d sprint like hell if my mind could handle it. Only so much I can do.
My social life is essentially gone- which is not ideal for a guy in his last semester of college. Luckily a few of my friends are in the same predicament, so we suffer together. I have a long-term girlfriend that sees very little of me these days, but I try to make an attempt to go out to dinner with her occasionally, or even get a coffee at Tim Hortons (yes that is right- we are ‘basically’ Canada- so we are drinking Tim’s).
I think I looked at the news last week for fifteen minutes and was shocked at all of the crazy things happening in this world. That ISIS nonsense got me fired up, so I tend to avoid the media a week before an exam.
I took Audit the day after the Superbowl. Wasn’t great planning on my part, but I am attempting to get these all in by May, so time was limited. I didn’t even know it was the day after the Superbowl until a week before my exam, so it is what it is.
I reviewed during the first half and only started watching about half way through the third quarter. We have to make sacrifices to get what we want in this life, and I am attempting to make mine now, so that I won’t be making them in the future when I am working full-time with all sorts of other responsibilities.
REG is in April and FAR will be in late May. If all goes well, then it is over. If not, then time to hit the scratch pads again and finish studying for the CPA exam in the months of July and August. Nobody really understands the CPA exam until you take the CPA exam. I tell people it is like the Bar Exam of accounting, doesn’t help. I usually just avoid questions now.
Study hard, stay on track and I will try to do the same. You’ll look back on this and laugh. Actually, no you probably won’t. You will probably say that it sucked and was awful, but you only have to do it once. Keep working.