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After a month and a half of studying, or 45 hours of Yeager videos and an additional 10 hours or more of reading plus problems – I was let go from my job. Well let go is a nice way of saying I was fired after 3 years of work. Now you’re probably thinking getting fired means I probably did something bad like steal from the company or I wasn’t very good at my job, or maybe I was studying during working hours. Well none of those applied to me. I was actually fired because I was miserable, I hated my boss and my boss hated me. She was with the company only 2 months and those were probably the worst month and a half I’ve ever had. It was so bad I’d flip off her office even when she wasn’t in it. August 17th was also the day I was supposed to finish module 20 and by that weekend be done with all of the normal Yeager videos. Then would start what I called Phase II which was the CRAM videos and doing problems for about 2 weeks.
I started to panic, I would have how many free hours now? Could I really wait another month and a half to take the FAR exam despite having nothing to do besides look for another job. So I took the most logical thing, I moved my CPA exam up to August 31st. Two weeks exactly from the date I was canned.
Being a week out now I’m starting to wonder – am I prepared for this exam? What’s of more value the CRAM disk or just doing problems. I did all the CRAMS for 9-16 b/c it had been a month and a half since I last did Module 9, but they don’t do any examples. So how helpful was it? My friends also warned they did bad on their CPA tests during times of big change, like breaking up with a boyfriend. I think breaking up with your employer and having so many what ifs seems a little more traumatic.
But I’m not traumatized. I’m glad to be out of a hostile work environment and I’m glad I get to take 3 CPA test this year (FAR, AUD and BEC) and then REG in Jan and then hopefully be done and getting to move on to what I really want to do: forensic accounting.
Studying for 8-10 hours each day is a lot and I have to wonder if I’m doing good or bad, and is spending 20 hours on Gov’t alone really worth it (true story, everything else made sense until this chapter)? Then you start to question was Yeager good enough, should I have taken Roger, my friend lent me her Becker book on FAR that’s older and I loved how it read compared to Wiley and now I’m stuck? I’ve gone too far and paid too much to change to better books or a more lively instructor. Don’t get me wrong I like Yeager, very thorough and compared to Becker book there’s a lot more they’re teaching, but reading Wiley text is like reading a dictionary. So when you don’t understand the videos and the text is kind of dull it’s hard to think how you’re going to pass that section. 12% of the test means I need everything else accurate, can I really afford to not understand? As I write this I had just finished the Yeager CRAM for Module 21 and I’m about to embark on doing all 122 Wiley questions on Gov’t accounting. Why all and not just Phill recommend? B/c I don’t want to retake this test b/c GASB is weird.
In the face of life not going your way you have to keep pushing, you got to buckle down and spend your time wisely. Being done with my CPA will lead me to better opportunities and my old employer can take my income but they cannot take my will to be a better version of me. Plus they paid $500 two months ago in support of my CPA exam, so jokes on them.