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Hard work will pay off

December 22nd, 2009 at 05:51 am

I truly believe in the end, if you stay true to your purpose - regardless of the circumstances you are given, hard work will pay off.

Not knowing where we are going to live in 6 months is unnerving. Especially as I'm preparing to take the CPA exam in a state that I may very well not be living in. However, this is where we are now... there are no residency requirements for me to be CPA licensed in this state & I've already achieved my master's degree which seems to be a standard requirement.

So I've decided that regardless of what happens in the future, I'm going to try to be licensed in this state. I want my CPA license bad enough that if I end up being licensed in 2 or 3 states in this process of DH being in the Navy & me wanting to maintain an active CPA license... well, that's better than having no license at all IMO.

But of course I have to pass the exam first.

As I attended my graduation on Saturday, it was surreal. The day before, I kept checking online to see if grades posted just to make sure. I knew I'd had to have bombed the exams to NOT pass, but a part of it didn't feel real till I had that final confirmation. In the end, I graduated with a final GPA of 3.53 for the program. Which is better than the 3.34 I had in undergrad.

I was nervous about DH & him being there alone with the four kids. But they ALL behaved. The older two were excited and my youngest just chomped away at the snacks I had put in the diaper bag for her. She hadn't napped so I tried to do whatever I could to set DH up for success.

In 2003, when I got my associates degree, he sat there with a 1 & 2 year old and at the end of it, he was MISERABLE. I didn't want a repeat.

But I had to explain yesterday to my daughter why, although I graduated and I'm done with school, I'm still stuck in books preparing for a test. Thankfully she is 9 and managed to get the general idea.

Anyhow, so that is where I currently stand. Preparing for the exam & contemplating which state(s) to get licensed in.

If we go to the West Coast, then I'll probably be less stressed about the whole process. But if we go to the border of California & Nevada, I probably will. Primarily because the town we'd be moving to has NO CPAs within an hour's drive (sometimes through a seasonally impassable road) unless I cross the border to Nevada.

All that stuff is unknown though & I'm not going to wait forever on DH's career to get my license. Hence, why I plan to pursue a license in my current state regardless of where we end up stationed.

Maybe its all silly, and I'm making stupid moves trying to get licensed here and wherever we end up - but I used that rationale when I graduated from school in 2004. I didn't take the CPA exam because I didn't know where we'd be, then they sent us back to this state where - had I taken the CPA exam back then - I'd be a CPA now because I would have been grandfathered under the old rules. I could have gotten a job at a CPA firm & gotten my masters degree still.

So I don't believe in waiting because of that. It didn't work last time & I'm not going to wait for my situation to tell me what to do. I plan to make my own path in life.

4 Responses to “Hard work will pay off”

  1. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    It sounds to me like you're doing the right thing !

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Will it be prohibitively expensive to just take the licensing exam each state you live and in border states where you might find employment?

  3. ambitioussaver Says:

    Well the nice part about the uniform CPA exam is I shouldn't have to keep re-taking the exam. I just need to apply for licensure in each state. Nevada is a little quirky though, they want you take all four parts at once. My current state says that after you pass one part you have an 18 month window to pass all four.

    The experience requirement seems to be different from state to state though. NV and CA want me to work under the supervision of a CPA in order to get my license. My current state allows me have my work experience by a non-CPA, but final experience must be verified by a CPA.

    But overall, I don't think I should have to take the CPA exam again after I pass it in one state. Its supposed to be the same test everywhere... grant it, I've only looked into these three states. But I do know each state has their own ethics exam I'd also have to pass, then there is simply the licensing fees. My current state is cheapest since I've already paid most of the fees, but if I were to go to CA or NV, it could be anywhere from $100-$250 to apply for licensure there.

  4. twotinytoes Says:

    That's good that you're going for the CPA exam. Kudos to you! You won't regret completing it. But you may regret it if you keep waiting and you never take the exam.

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