Megan is a new Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
Hello! My name is Megan, and Im studying to become a CPA. About a month ago, I received my first passing score, and it has given me even more drive and confidence to push through this licensure process.
Unlike most CPAs I know, I did not go to college for Accounting. My B.S. is in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Communications. I graduated from Elizabethtown College, (Elizabethtown, PA) with intentions of finding ANY job and working my way up the ladder.
I worked in the Operations department of a manufacturing facility for about two and a half years before I decided I needed more from life. I wanted to be challenged. There had to be a better career for me, one where I could utilize my strengths while enjoying my work.
I brought my love for numbers, structure, and analysis (yes, Im a nerd) to the local community college. My mission was to pick up the courses necessary to meet the CPA requirements. It wasnt easy juggling full-time work and classes while looking for another job, so I decided to quit my job. I studied full-time and completed an Associates Degree in Accounting in under a year.
Today, Im working in accounting for a private manufacturing company. Its a good stepping stone that affords me the paycheck I need to live and the accounting experience I need on my resume to gain entry into a public accounting firm since Pennsylvania has a work experience requirement.
Its not easy to find time to study after long hours at work, commuting, spending time with my wonderful boyfriend, and maintaining my personal health initiatives. I just participated in the Philadelphia 3-day, 60 mile walk to end breast cancer.
Notice, I didnt say, making time for friends. I pretty much told all my friends Id see them in a few months. Okay, thats a little dramatic I do see my friends every now and then, but I made a point of expressing to them how devoted I am to my goals so that they would not take it personally when I frequently turn down plans.
I wont pretend there arent challenges to overcome – time constraints, personal obligations, and that urge to get some much-needed SLEEP! I often wonder if the accounting courses I took to supplement my business degree provided me with enough of a knowledge base to conquer the exams.
The good news is, all these challenges are manageable with persistence and the right CPA review program. The key to my success, I learned from Roger. He reminds me frequently that you dont have to be a genius to pass the CPAs – you just need to be dedicated, confident, and stick to a plan!
The goal right now is to pass AUD. Im two weeks from my test date. I just finished covering the material in Roger CPA Review AUD course over the weekend. This week, I will prepare by taking practice tests followed by the CRAM course this weekend! Time to make it count