Sarah is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I would love to introduce myself to everyone out there in CPA-Land! My name is Sarah, and as a 25-year-old non-profit accountant in New York City, I thought that I would have had my CPA license for some time now.
I always got amazing grades in college; so honestly, having to try so hard for something academic is a completely new experience for me. It’s also the first time I’ve ever wanted something to badly.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’ve gone through countless highs of “I’ve totally got this” and lows of “Seriously, this time I’m quitting, who needs a CPA…?” But here I am a year after seriously beginning this journey, and I have had some serious life changes that have brought me to this point.
When I was in college, I remember the first time I ever seriously considered sitting for the CPA exam. I was taking a final exam in my second semester intro accounting course freshmen year, and it was a long test (by my 19-year-old freshmen standards).
I remember making a comment to the professor, whom I was friendly with, about how grueling it was. “You think this is bad, wait until you have to sit for a test 10 times this length with no breaks!”
She was referring to the dark ages of the CPA exam, when they took all the sections in the same day or during a two day time frame (and I think she was exaggerating about the no breaks thing).
I remember thinking “no thank you… I won't be needing that,” then immediately realizing how much of a waste it would be for me to invest countless hours and dollars into my degree in accounting and then NOT top it off with a CPA license.
That has been sort of my reason for starting on this journey for a long time, and I think it's why I haven't had much success yet. Doing this because I feel like I have to is not a good enough reason to get me through the endless days and nights of studying that are required to conquer the CPA exam.
I've only recently realized this, so now here I am almost 3 years after graduating, without passing a single section. But I'm close, so close – like a 74 on FAR close, and I’m not stopping here!