Guest Blogger Sherri: A House Full of Students

Sherri shares with us her all-too-common story of losing credit for three parts previously earned due to the 18-Month Rolling Window. We think her perserverance and hopeful attitude will serve as an inspiration to all! Sherri has passed BEC, FAR, and AUD, and now embarks on the REG Exam preparation.

Hi Everyone.

I don’t really want to say that misery loves company, but it is actually very nice to have others in my household committed to various upcoming tests too. 

My husband Michael is studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam.  He’s been busy learning the Latin names for muscles and body parts that I can’t even pronounce, let alone memorize. Our daughter, Lauren, arrived last week to stay with us for the summer.  She is busy studying and working towards her real estate license. As her parents, we are hoping that she is the next big Austin commercial real estate mogul, who will lavishly and generously attend to our financial whims when she makes it big. Perhaps she will employ me as her CPA!  I’m pretty sure Ill need a company car and an expense account as her personal CPA. I am probably getting a bit ahead of myself though!

On my own study front, I finally feel like I have some real progress to report. I’m working on Corporate Tax in Section 3.  I’ve finished all of the homework and videos in Sections 1 and 2.  I’ve been taking practice quizzes as well.  I’m currently averaging about an 80% on all of the topics combined.

It has been helpful for me to think about this monstrosity of an exam as many multiple subjects, where my task is to get an 85% proficiency in each, prior to test day.  The Wiley CPA test bank, included with the Roger CPA Review Course, divides the content of the REG exam into eighteen separate study areas.  I’ve studied six areas so far.  My goal is to finish all of Section 3 by June 24th.  I’ll report out on the status of my studies in my next post.

As my REG studies progress, there are definitely other aspects of my life that regress.  Unfortunately, when I get consumed with testing, life’s simple, daily tasks, like finding my purse, grocery shopping and doing the laundry, seem to be a bit more difficult to do.  Today, in the latest of a series of brilliant acts, I left for work without my shoes.  (Yes I did Really.  Please don’t tell anyone though ok?)

I am one of those people who don’t wear shoes at home.  It is not the least bit unusual for me to drive without shoes, only to put them on right before I go into a store, the gym or the office.I live about 45 minutes away from where I work.  In traffic, it can take me even longer to reach the office.   Given that most stores aren’t open at 8:30 or 9:00 am when I arrive to work, forgetting my shoes can be a deal breaker to my day.

Fortunately, this isn’t the first time that I’ve done such a thing.  I was once forced to wear tennis shoes from my gym bag, with a suit,  for an entire day.  I now have a spare pair of tired looking, but mostly acceptable, black flats, in the trunk of my car.  This morning, I pulled out the flats, wrinkled up my nose at the sight of them, and slid them on, grateful that I had a back-up plan for an unforeseen act of stupidity.

Whats YOUR back up plan to address life’s minor annoyances that keep you from studying?  Have you built in some extra study time for illness, longer hours at the office or even a bit of time with the family?

As we all know, nothing ever goes completely as predicted.  I’ll end my post this week by encouraging all of you to have a back-up plan to minimize the impact of the little disruptions that interfere with your study progress.  

Study hard everyone.  Have a great week.


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