Introducing Club 75 Blogger: Rebecca

Rebecca is a new weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's Club 75 since June 2010.

Hi Everyone! In order to give you a little idea of who I am and where I am at in taking this crazy exam I figured I would tell you about myself. I am 27 years old (yes, I am freaking out that I am getting closer to 30!) and I am married. We have two dogs who I think are totally preparing us for kids! Hey, to all you parents out there I am not downplaying how hard kids actually are to raise but geeze dogs are a lot of work!

I graduated in May of 2006 and started my public accounting journey in August of that year. I currently work at a regional firm in Wakefield, MA and I am a Senior Accountant in the audit department. In the meantime I have managed to earn my MST at Northeastern University. I finished the MST program in August of 2009 and then got married in September. I came home from a beautiful honeymoon to my CPA exam books screaming my name! Well needless to say the exam process then began.

I think I thought the CPA exam was a joke at first. I was very bright in college, always got top grades, what would ever make me think I would fail this “joke” of a test?! Well let me tell you, my pretty little eyes opened real quickly when that big fat FAIL came in the mail for audit.

Audit really?! I audit clients everyday – how did I fail the one section I thought I knew the best?

Well let’s just say I wasn’t ready to surrender my life to this big bad exam! So then came BEC, piece of cake right? I mean how hard can IT be and different types of business structures? Well once again I got the letter in the mail and the big FAIL appeared again on the letter!

At this point I was 100% ready to throw in the towel. I felt I was too “smart” to keep failing and my confidence was going out the window. Well thankfully after sulking around the house for a few weeks my husband told me I wasn’t quitting.” What does that prove?” he would ask me.

Well in my head it proved nothing other than that I was defeated and I was not taking that as an option. After the dreaded April 15th deadline, I hit the books again for Audit. I studied my butt off and in the end it paid off. I went from that miserable unfair 74 to an 84! How I don’t know but my guess is that it is my hatred of failing.

Fast forward to today and I have since taken BEC twice and got another lovely 74 to put the icing on the cake and failed Regulation. Now that another tax season has come and gone a little flame has been little under my bum to get these exams over with.

Therefore, I am back to the drawing board and studying for REG take two with Yaeger CPA Review. So, I guess what I am trying to say is don’t let failure defeat you. We can pass this insane test of endurance with time and effort. Think of the feeling of relief and the life you will have back once this is done.

Someday we will be able to take a walk on the wild side together! Not too sure how “wild” the CPA world is but hey I am dying to know! Therefore, I leave you with a quote by Anthony D ‘Angelo until next time: “In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do next time”.

Happy Studying,

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