Joe is a new NINJA CPA Blogger.
I am (re) beginning my CPA journey in 2014 and I am very happy to have found another71.com as a resource and a support system.
Back in 2005-2006 I passed 3 parts of the CPA exam (AUD,REG,BEC). Leaving the hardest for last, I spent months studying for FAR, which I failed with a 73. After feeling completely defeated, I made excuses that I did not need my CPA and have not touched an exam book since.
Even without my CPA, I have been fortunate enough to have a successful career in the accounting industry. After spending several years in a Big 4 firm, I have worked in various industries such real estate, private equity, consumer electronics, and solar construction.
My wife and I recently moved to Colorado from New York for a new job that I absolutely love. We recently had our first child, Ryan, who is a wonderful, vivacious little boy.
I have been out of school for 10 years and not having my CPA license is not acceptable. It is the reason I went to school for accounting and the reason why I took out additional loans to obtain my MBA. I have run out of excuses for not taking this exam, and now I have decided to declare war on the exam.
I am going to take FAR first this time. I plan to take it April 1st with AUD at the end of May. I will keep you updated as I find out how hectic my job will be during our audit.
Now that I have my mind set on retaking the exam, I discovered another71.com. After reading Jeff’s story as well as some of the Another71 Forum posts I am now 100% committed to passing the exam. It is about time that someone came up with such a great resource for exam students.
I hope to be speaking with everyone very soon and continue to share my experience in 2014 as I begin yet another CPA exam adventure.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.