Ana is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Hello fellow NINJAs,
I haven't posted in a long while but I have been reading everyone's posts and have been encouraged by your determination and hard work.
Here I stand today on the other side, feeling so happy and accomplished, I can finally scream: I PASSED THE CPA Exam! I cannot believe this day is finally here where I can look back and say the battle is over and I can relax and enjoy my life!
I started studying back in February of 2012. My goal was to pass all parts by the Fall but like many of you, I did not know what I was getting myself into. At that time I was working full time for a firm. First I studied and took FAR, but ended with a 69.
I brushed that off and studied more intentionally for BEC which to my astonishment I passed it on the first try! I retook FAR, I actually took it 2 times in a row and got 73 each time! That was brutal…followed with a 74 for REG! By now it was the end of the year and decided to take December off to enjoy it with my family.
In 2013, things got stressful at work and I got laid off in March. I figured now it was my chance to pass the exams! I was excited and hopeful as I had time to focus on studying! During this time, I was introduced to another71.com family and I got addicted to checking it out and learning about my fellow NINJAs across the country that were struggling with passing the exams just like I was.
I only had AUD left…shouldn't be that bad right? If I passed the first 3 exams within a couple of tries I should be able to get this one done. I tried everything to pass AUD except the one thing that I needed to do most: really figure out what I did not know and focus on my weak areas, and quit blaming others for my failures.
It took me a year to pass AUD (I lost BEC credit in Fall of 2013 and retook BEC which I passed again). I took this exam so many times that I lost count. One thing I did not want to do is give up to this last exam…I wanted to be a CPA!
Here I stand today and looking back at all the hard work I want to say: it was totally worth it! All the long hours, no sleep, frustration and emotions linked with checking the exam results. I want to thank God first and foremost, my husband, friends and family, and of course the family on another71.com. You guys helped me change my mind so many times when I was ready to give up!
Thank you Jeff for the Audio, Notes & Flashcards..they were priceless!
I want to encourage everyone who is still struggling to pass the exams. I believe that if you give it all, all the hard work it pays off! I had scores in AUD anywhere from a 59 to a 75!
This community will always have a special place in my heart and I will recommend it to all my friends who are studying for the exam. It's been great having all of you on this journey!
Good luck to all the NINJAs!