Introducing NINJA CPA Blogger Gina

Gina is a new NINJA CPA Blogger.

My name is RoGina (call me Gina) and I live in Bellwood, Illinois, which is a very small suburb outside of Chicago.

I am married to the most wonderful and supportive husband ever and mother to a son that can only be described as the World's Most Interesting Toddler.

I began my CPA journey after losing my job in March of 2011. After the layoff, I decided that I wanted to take control of my accounting career and started studying for the CPA exam.

I was already taking classes to complete my Masters in Accounting and thought the a combination of the two would open the most doors for me.

I spent months and lots of money studying for the FAR portion of the exam, while taking additional classes in school. After 6 months of studying and trying multiple testing strategies and review materials, I sat for FAR and failed with a 74.

All of my friends told me that I should jump back into studying because I was so close and that one point was nothing. At the time, I had studied for so long and had so much going on at home, school and my new job that I was burnt out. I became a bit discouraged and overwhelmed so I stopped studying for my exams and concentrated on my graduate program.

In June 2012, I walked across the stage and received my degree in Masters of Accounting and Financial Management. I feel like I am now ready to begin my studies again and pass the CPA exam with a new focus and drive. I believe I know the study schedule and habits that works best for me and I am more motivated than ever to put these exams behind me.

I have scheduled portions of the exams to try to take all four by the end of the year. I WILL start 2013 as a Certified Public Accountant, you have my word.


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Jeff - 11 years ago

Welcome Gina!

kenny 11 years ago

I am in the same boat as you. Got laid off late 2011. But i have not gone back to school for my master. I would like to know did you take the gmat to get into the master program. You said that you loss your job in march but you graduate in june 2012. How did you get in the program without taking the gmat? can you get into a master program without taking the gmat. suggestion will be helpful. thank you Kenny