Jacki is a new Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
I have officially scheduled The Beast. I will be sitting for FAR on November 15, 2011. This is the part that makes the test seem real to me. I have put the date on the calendar at work, and I have created a study schedule that is mapped out in color on a dry erase board next to my desk at home.
Now comes the hard part: actually sticking to that schedule and studying.
When studying for the first part of the exam, I decided that instead of resenting my study time that I would appreciate it. Now, I know that sounds weird but hear me out.
To sit for the exam, I needed to earn my bachelors degree – which it took me 19 years to earn!
While studying, my dogs can lay at my feet in complete comfort in their dog beds.
I can wear pajamas and study!
I get to slow down and watch the changing of the seasons out my office window.
I feel smarter after cramming my brain full of theories, equations, and random facts.
My evening study break? Walking my dogs. I can think about what I have just reviewed and they get their exercise.
It makes me appreciate my time off more. I did not do much studying in August, and I enjoyed every moment that I had – something that I dont always allow myself to do.
Sometimes studying provides a nice excuse for not doing something. The garden is a little weedy and the hedge needs trimming? Well, Ive been studying for the CPA exam . 🙂
Studying provides structure for my day – for better or worse!
The closer I get to exam day, the more we eat out!
As a new accountant, studying for the exam provides a bridge between my education and my work life.
It seems to me that the things I have worked the hardest for are the ones that I look back on with the most fondness. Now, I just have to remember that as I get bogged down in present value, IFRS, and cash flow statements! See ya. I gotta go study!
Jacki, I like your positive attitude! You are right when you say that studying for the CPA exam brings more structure to each day. And I agree wholeheartedly about appreciating downtime more. And yes, having the certification will mean a great deal to us because of the tremendous amount of hard work that goes into obtaining it. Have a good day:) Kim
Kim, Thanks! I am trying to be positive and, most of the time, it works! Good luck studying- it will be worth it in the end! Jacki