By Karen Vergara, CPA

Earlier this year, I decided that it was time to challenge myself with a new goal – train and finish my first sprint triathlon. Now, this comes from someone that once ran a 5K and vowed to never do it again! I was going against my own previous declaration. However, the process of training and finishing the triathlon reminded me so much of my journey of taking the CPA exam that I realized the same skills athletes use to train for their races are also the same skills students and young professionals can use to study and take the CPA exam. (more…)

CarterAs accountants, we are focused on tasks directly in front of us. Calculating numbers and serving clients compose the lifeblood of our daily routines. However, sometimes we have to look past the present and into the future. For the second year in a row, I’ve had the privilege to participate in the FICPA Annual Accounting Show Student Track Panel.

The students were excited and eager to ask questions, especially with the pending changes to the exam format.  Of course, the first question was the dreaded, “Which section should I take first?” As most of you know, the planning phase of the CPA Exam can be more nerve wracking than the exam itself. One can get a headache just from the idea of studying for a 14 hour (soon to be 16 hour) test.  Sharing my CPA exam experience was humbling and the students truly appreciated the real-world advice that was shared with them. YCPAs have a high level of influence on the future profession, as we aren’t ‘too far removed’ from the students themselves. I’ve realized that the future is not something that must wait, but something we have to create.

Allyse Carter
YCPA Committee Member