NINJA CPA Review
Stacey is a NINJA CPA blogger. Hey NINJAs! My name is Stacey from South Dakota, trying to figure out this stage in life of studying for the CPA exam. I have been out of college and married for 4 years and, now that my husband has his Masters, I am focusing on my CPA. Most of our marriage we have had part time jobs in addition to our full time jobs, so I am officially calling studying for my CPA my part time job. We also have a couple of rental properties where I am involved with the financials and major decisions. I happened to take enough credit hours in my four years of college (with a few summers of catching up) to have started working on my CPA right out of college, but I made plenty of excuses. I started getting serious about the idea of taking the exams
John is a NINJA CPA blogger. As I begin to study for my first exam I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this?” Some of my thoughts have been: to make more money have a retirement account travel pay off my student loans But that was only the beginning. Then I started thinking what is really going to motivate me to put in the study hours over and above what I’m already doing to work on my MACC program. At this time my real motivation is that I want to be part of something bigger than myself. Seven years ago I went back to school because of the effect the financial crisis had on me. It was my goal then to become a more informed citizen so I could understand how the crisis happened and to become more prepared the next time an event like the financial crisis happens.
Joshua is a NINJA CPA blogger. I didn’t have to wait long for the score drop to confirm what I feared for the last 4 weeks; I didn’t do enough. I received a failing REG score. When the score dropped and my fiancée hugged me I went totally numb. Any hope of finishing this exam in Q2 is gone, and I am faced with another retake. Pity party aside, I know I cut corners on this exam. Unfortunately, life and everything else don’t give a rat’s rear end if you have an exam to study for. I have had the joyous experience of having my boss fired and my department being overhauled at work to include with the usual study sessions. I could have powered through it, but instead, I let it get to my head and ultimately created another excuse to not study. I am the only one to
Kristen is a NINJA CPA blogger. I sat for FAR the first week in May. I discovered that although I had been prepping in my free time for the exam, I had not been working to prepare for what would be my hurdle during the exam… the clock! I finished my third testlet with just under an hour remaining and realized that I needed to speed up if I was going to complete the simulations. I could feel my heart rate pick up and my palms begin to sweat, and then full on panic mode set in as I watched minutes just fall off the remaining time. I was able to quickly complete the research simulation, and I was lucky enough to have a general equipment useful life estimate change simulation. I was able to complete three more in rapid fashion but that is where my luck ran out… as the