I Heard a Rumor That People in Their Twenties Have Fun?
Hello Another71.com world. I thought Id take my first blog post to introduce myself. My name is Virginia, Im a 20 something, working for a mid size public accounting firm. I am single, childless and want to enjoy my twenties, but here I am studying what feels likemy life away.
The words CPA Exam and struggles have been synonymous for me. I was a top student in both my undergraduate and graduate accounting programs, so I figured the CPA was just the next step.
I moved to a new city for my job and dedicated myself to the exam. I did not let myself make new friends here or meet any guys. I did not want distractions. I even sent out an email to close family and friends letting them know Id be MIA over the next 6 months for my exam. I thought I had the best plan and Id be done in no time. Despite my 4am wake-ups to study before work, and studying whenever I got the chance, I was burning out.
I had no idea how to manage showing my new job and new coworkers that I was a go-getter and willing to put in extra hours when I needed all the hours I could for studying. Of course they wanted me to pass, but they also wanted me to work. I took REG in April 2009 and BEC in May 2009. The day I received my REG score I was beyond burnout from my horrible schedule and I got a 74. BEC, 70. I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained and I had no idea what to do. I did everything right didnt I?
So here I am January 2011. Since spring of 2009, I have taken BEC five times, AUD twice, REG three times and FAR twice. I cannot count the times I wanted to give up, or wondered when luck would help me out. I feel like Ive given the exam two years of my 20s and its given me nothing but stress in return. I struggle with staying home to study rather than hanging out with friends, my sisters and even going out and dating. Maybe you can relate to me or maybe not, but I know CPA exam candidates have one thing in common: a life they want outside of the CPA Exam.
The Thursday before Thanksgiving 2010 was a great day. It was the day I found out I passed BEC. It was the fifth time I took it and my first passing score. I had four failing scores for BEC alone in the low 70s. I can tell you I cried harder finding out I passed that day then I did any other time I cried over failing scores, or being stressed or frustrated. During the Oct/Nov 2010 testing window I took FAR, BEC and AUD. I passed BEC and AUD. I felt like I won – like the world was mine and I was almost done. Somehow I reminded myself that that was only 2 of 4 and I had a brief moment of despair.
Right now Im studying for FAR again. I took REG last week, and was not a fan of the new TBS. Ill let you know more about that on my next post. Speaking of FAR, I think I best be making a rendezvous with those Gleim books again today. And by again today I really mean for the first time today”.