My name is Natasha Hart. I graduated with my degree in Accounting in May of 2009.
I got engaged soon after so decided to put the CPA Exam on hold until after I got married at the end of July 2010.
I have worked in Consulting for a Public Accounting Firm for just over 2 years now.
I began taking the CPA exam in November of 2010 right after I got married. I chose to take FAR first because I knew it would be the hardest for me.
My first FAR test was an eye opener; I was not prepared for the time and effort it really takes to pass the CPA Exam. I also scheduled a knee surgery a week before my test. Needless to say, I failed.
My husband began studying with me after getting his MBA. I retook FAR and got a 74. I had felt confident after leaving the testing center that day so I scheduled AUD right away.
I failed AUD and retook FAR without putting much effort into it because I was so close the time before.
Bad idea, I failed again.
I realized quickly that I was not 1 point from passing; I was 75 points from passing. I retook AUD next and passed and took BEC and passed, regaining my confidence.
I decided to tackle FAR again right after Christmas (when I didn't really study AGAIN during Christmas) and I failed again.
I manage to find everything else to do except study. I clean the house, I cook, and I play on the internet or Facebook, etc. I also do make an attempt to work out for at least an hour every day. By the time I get home the last thing I want to do is study for an additional 2-3 hours.
My husband found out he passed REG, his final part, during this last testing window. This has given me the motivation I need to buckle down and finally put the effort needed to pass FAR and take REG once and for all.
Now I have no excuses! My husband keeps the house clean and cooks dinner, which I would always use as an excuse to not study. I am very thankful to have such a supportive husband and family.
I am currently using NINJA Notes. I try to get approximately 2-3 hours in per weekday after work and 5-6 hours each weekend day.
I have about 5 more weeks before I begin my 2 weeks of final review before my test May 11.
I will keep in touch letting you all know how my study plan is going! I need all the motivation that I can get!
Our journey sounds similar! I too graduated in May 09 , got engaged Dec 09 and began studying for the exams in April 10. Like you I put studying on the back burner for awhile to plan a wedding. I passed my last section in Jan. Best of luck in your studying!
Best of luck to you! FAR is a beast, but can be done :) FAR - 75 AUD - 4/16/12
Finish line is in sight----best of luck!!!! Nadia (yankee)
Thank you all!!!! I am really hoping the blogging and support will hold me more accountable!