What is your work/educational background?
I have a BS and an MBA from University of Arkansas. I worked for Wal-Mart for five years as a Financial Analyst and then as Finance Manager.
I also worked as a Senior Accountant for two years at Saks Fifth Avenue, and am currently working as a Property Accountant for Parkway Properties.
How many CPA Exam sections have you passed?
I have passed Regulation
What CPA Review course(s) are you using?
Becker and I just purchased the Yaeger HomeStudy.
In general, how is everything going?
This has definitely been one of the most stressful years of my life, but the studying is going well. I have been out of school for 10 years so I feel like I am starting over. I was glad to have passed Regulation the first time and I made a 72 on BEC. So I feel like things are going OK considering the length of time I have been out of college.
What is the most frustrating aspect of the CPA Exam?
I think just having to learn/memorize such a large volume of information is frustrating and the fact that you have to do this for four different tests.
I am also not big on writing so the written communication stresses me.
How do you balance family/friends while studying?
I am lucky to have a husband who is very understanding. We live in a town that is fairly new to us so there aren't many family and friends to distract me on a daily basis. Having no kids at the moment is also a major help.
What made you decide to take the CPA Exam?
We had to relocate because of my husband's job and I think my job search would have been easier had I had my CPA. So I am preparing myself now for the next time I will have to relocate.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling with the CPA Exam?
Write thorough notes…and then rewrite them again. Writing things down always helps me to retain the information.
Tonya has been a Club 75 Member since June 2010.