Erica is a new 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 July 2011.
Hello All. My name is Erica, and I have just recently become a CPA candidate in the state of Texas (one major thing to check off the list and still a ways to go). This journey, which I have only just begun, has been overwhelming at times. I have already found myself procrastinating.
I met all of the requirements to become a CPA candidate in Texas in January. However, I just barely got my approval letter before the Texas requirements changed on July 1. While I was waiting for my approval letter, I found myself eager to study and now fear of the unknown and the multitude of opinions on how to study have quelled some of my eagerness.
I am starting this phase of my journey with the BEC section of the exam. I chose this because I was an economics major in college and feel like this would be the best way to ease into the exam with material I am most comfortable with.
Some of you might be asking, If you were an economics major in college, why are you taking the CPA exam? My journey to this point is a little unorthodox. I have a BBA in economics with a minor in marketing.
My first job out of college was with a large brokerage firm. I decided after a year or so that placing peoples stock and mutual fund trades was not for me. So I switched departments within the firm to their accounting group, which completes the daily accounting for the firms mutual funds.
Even with their training, I found myself confused by the way certain entries were made. I didnt understand WHY behind a lot of the entries. I decided to go back to school to take a few more accounting classes, since I only had to take the bare minimum for my actual degree, to hopefully clear up some of the confusion.
Once I understood the WHY behind a lot of journal entries I was making, I started to enjoy my work more and more. By that point, I realized I was close to meeting the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam in Texas. I wanted something to show for all my hard work so I decided to keep going.
I finished up my accounting classes in January of this year. My journey has been full of twists and turns so far, and I can only guess that this phase will also have its own twists and turns.
I just received my login for Roger CPA Review, and I cant wait to start. His site fits with my somewhat obsessive compulsive need for a plan. I am going to use his 9 month study plan, slightly modified, along with Jeffs NINJA notes.
I look forward to starting this next phase of my journey. Im taking one last weekend off and then hitting the books on Monday!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and keep studying!