Introducing Club 75 Blogger: Erica

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 glad that I found Jeff and Club 75. He has a plan, and that’s what I needed: a PLAN of action. With his NINJA notes and Roger CPA Review, I hope to become a CPA soon.

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 people’s 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 firm’s mutual funds.

Even with their training, I found myself confused by the way certain entries were made. I didn’t 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 can’t 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 Jeff’s NINJA notes.

I look forward to starting this next phase of my journey. I’m taking one last weekend off and then hitting the books on Monday!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and keep studying!

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