First of all, this post is a little off the beaten path, since it’s not a beauty post, but this is going to be a major part of my life for the next few months, so I wanted to blog about it. For those of you who aren’t business students / work in the industry, CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant, and it’s a designation we accounting students work towards to get certified and get a leg up in the real world. (Some other countries have Chartered Accountants, which some argue is an even more rigorous process.) The bulk of the work for getting a CPA is satisfying the educational requirements and passing the exams. Educational requirements are already covered by school, but I’ll be trying to take the four parts of the exam and finish them this school semester, which is actually really not a lot of time.
I plan to take the first section end of February, two in the beginning of April, and save the last one for May. The material covered is very extensive. The material itself is not hard to learn, but it’s a lot of memorization and time-intensive to learn and review. Sometimes I feel intimidated by it and just need to remind myself that I can do it, calm down, and take it bit by bit.
One of my undergraduate degrees is in actuarial math, so I’m familiar with the process for taking actuarial exams for the ASA/FSA designation, but there seems to be much more “real life” pressure for these CPA exams. If I failed an actuarial exam, I could always take it again on more own timeline. If I am able to pass the CPA exam by the time I start my full-time job, I will be able to receive a bonus. In addition, my school subsidized most of the cost for my actuarial exams, but this one my parents paid for, and I really don’t want to waste the money. There seems to be so much more riding on it.
I’ve already cut down to 13.5 credits (yes, you read that right, it’s .5, that’s just how we do it) and also cut down the time I spend on church activities. The rest is really up to me – I need to focus and get down to studying and memorizing and everything. It’s so easy for me to get pulled away by reading beauty blogs, playing Candy Crush, watching Friends and my other TV shows, etc. I know what I need to do, why is it so hard for me to go and do it sometimes?
What are some techniques or advice you have for finding motivation, focusing, or using your time effectively?