Hurricanes & Sims Couldn’t Stop Me from Becoming a CPA

24 Sep 2011

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Since I decided to switch careers to Accounting six years ago, I have either been in school or studying for the CPA exam. That all ended today when I got my last passing score on Regulation.

When I saw it at work, I muffled a tiny squeal, and then I ran to my father’s office and hugged him so tight. My tears of happiness turned into sobs and he was literally holding me up. The burden was lifted.

Ever since I walked out of Prometric last month, I have been planning my restudy strategy because I was convinced I had failed. The simulations were a nightmare.

How could I prepare for them next time? I would order a pair of pajama jeans, pay that exam fee for the eleventh time, and start from scratch. The thought of it literally consumed me and made me sick to think about it.

To my huge surprise, I passed. The stars actually were in alignment on that day of earthquakes, hurricanes and horrible simulations. I finally got a break.

As someone who has never been a stellar test taker, and came into accounting later in life while trying to raise a family, let me tell you that if I can pass the CPA exam, then you can too. It took a lot of trial and error, but I found a strategy that worked. For me, each exam required a different strategy. Find what works for you.

Unlike my hero, Kricket, I thought several times about giving up. I thought about it A LOT, especially when I lost credit for BEC. I’m glad I forced myself to stick with it, which was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I’m proud and amazed with myself right now.

Many of my forum “classmates” did not pass and many of them have passed in previous classes. I could not have done it without the support and humor they have given me.

Sometimes I felt I was alone when my classmates “graduated” but they have remained here for me throughout, plus newfound ones. I plan to visit the forum and give back two–fold what I received.

If I ever run into Olinto, Gearty, Simpson, Yaeger, or Jeff Elliott, I’m going to give them a big, fat hug and probably blubber like an idiot on their shoulder too.

They helped make me a CPA.

I still can’t believe I can watch Clemson beat Florida State this weekend and not feel guilty about not studying.

Good luck to everyone studying. Knock it out of the park in Q4.

“Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”
-Oliver Goldsmith

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Angie 13 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Such great news, I'm so happy for you. Can't wait for that feeling.

Jeff - 13 years ago

You're going to be missed! (but I'm glad your boys get you back). -Jeff

Tameika 13 years ago

CONGRATS ON PASSING!!!! Your story is inspiring, I plan on taking the exam starting next summer after I complete my MBA, and I have to admit after reading some of the blogs, it is a bit OVERWHELMING, but I have the FAITH, I will be a CPA too one day!!!!

Nycegurl 13 years ago

Congratulations Allyson!! I have been pulling for ya! Such great news!

Sabrina 13 years ago

You just described my experience! I started college with a family and I have studied for cpa exams for 2 years! I thought this day would never come and here it is! I passed! Hardest thing I have ever done in my life!

kelli 13 years ago

Congratulations! We did it. I had you 2 beat took me 12 finding out was like giving birth. Months and months of planning and waiting and now that it has happened you can enjoy it for the rest of your life. I think it will take awhile to sink in. Time to rediscover who you were before this :) Best of luck in the future!

christian2823 13 years ago

Remember me Allyson??? Congrats, I'm very happy for you. I only have BEC in my way and I WILL become a CPA in q4, I promise.

Kim 13 years ago

Way to go Allyson! Your story is inspirational!

Allyson 13 years ago

Thank you everyone. I'm still on my high from passing! I will remember all of you for the rest of my life!!

Angie 13 years ago

Thanks Allyson, you're so sweet. I'm so thankful that I got to "know" you, and you really are a huge inspiration to many of us. Maybe once Kricket & I are done, we need to have a Club 75 reunion. :)

Chris 13 years ago

Finally time to reap your reward!! I'm so happy for you. Enjoy!

JoMarie 13 years ago

Congrats Allyson!!! Reading this blog has brought a tear to me eye. One day I'll be joining the graduated class of "" with you.

13 years ago

Congratulations, Allyson! That is such awesome news and it put a smile on my face finding out you did it!!

kandisjoy 13 years ago

I'm so happy for you! I had the same experience with REG - just got my (last) passing score. What a huge relief. I spontaniously sobbed for 2 days after finding out. Like you, I was also convinced that I had failed (even had purchase the Wiley test bank and submitted another application fee). I didn't take 11 tries... I took 9. Close enough! Good for you!!! I'm so glad to share in your joy!!

T-rex 13 years ago

Yay for Allyson!

usha 13 years ago

Congratulations Allyson. I passed mine last testing window. I still regularly check to see what's happening. You were an inspiration to me throughout my 18 month study cycle.