Virginia is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of Another71.com's Club 75 since December 2010.
I have unfriend-ed or hidden Facebook friends that bragged about their CPA success. I was constantly failing by just a few points for nearly two years and those that flaunted their success became my secret enemies.
Did you ever have a friend send out a mass text I PASSED BEC!! or something like that? Gosh, he/she quickly became less of a friend. I promised myself after a few of these episodes, whether coworkers or Facebook friends, I would never be that person.
The first passing score I received I was beyond excited and relieved. I wanted to call anyone and everyone, but I sat back and took it in. I passed for me and me alone. No one else understood my personal struggle or would understand how much that passing score meant to me.
I still get very frustrated with coworkers that feel the need to flaunt their CPA success. I have yet to come up with a good response that is professional and yet says the last thing I want to hear about is how awesome you are when it comes to the CPA Exam.
All this reminds me of a few questions or comments that I have come to dread over the past few years. I get stressed when Im studying hard core and working, which is obviously common to all CPA exam candidates. I feel like its so hard to keep my cool, though I do, with some of the things people insist saying/asking.
“How did your test go?”
Generally, I find that people who ask this question dont actually care. Either they know you just took a test and are being polite by showing they remembered that fact, or they feel like it is a question they should ask. Truth is, Ive been stressing over whichever part of the CPA Exam for weeks, probably months, and the last thing I want to talk about is that exam after I take it. After I take an exam, I know theres no sense on dwelling on how I did, Id like to move on and put any negative thoughts behind me. Oh, but thank you, for being so polite and bringing it back up (sarcasm).
“The computerized exam is so much easier than the old exam.”
Wow. Thank you for telling me that. Now I feel even better with my handfuls of failing scores. I seem to get this comment a lot from older people in my office, and older clients I work with. I kind of laugh it off when they say that, but really why the need to make this comment? Does it make them feel better about themselves? Do they think it will help me with my already-struggling CPA Exam endeavors? I always want to shoot back with an IT question, like, Really? Do you know the difference between a field, node, record and byte? Of course though, I politely smile and make a professional comment and move along.
Those are only a few of the many, but I think you get the idea. In the mean time, I really am loving the lack of studying, so much so Im worried I might not be able to get back into study-mode if need be.
Very often, when I have my iPod on random, my CPA Exam study MP3s come up. I quickly hit the next arrow and think of how glad I am I dont have to listen to those right now.