Our December Spotlight is on Winnie Quick:
Firm: Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
School: Undergraduate: North Carolina A&T State University (Accounting); Master's: The Ohio State University (Accounting)
I took Roger CPA Review because Roger's sense of humor closely mirrors mine. I figured this would make the hours spent studying on top of graduate school much more enjoyable and my expectations were exceeded. To my knowledge, I was the only person in my master's to use Roger CPA Review. Undoubtedly, I had more fun studying than they did!
How did you hear about our review course?
I signed up for the email list and watched a special one hour session of Roger teaching one of the AUD classes. His mnemonic TIPPICANOE just made things so simple for me to understand before I even took auditing in undergrad. I knew I had to take his review course.
What was your favorite aspect of our course? (materials, Roger, etc)
My favorite aspect of the course was Roger himself, hands down. I had a minimal amount of social interaction aside from the time spent in class, but I found that I actually looked forward to watching the lectures. This made me work the homework much faster - the lectures were my reward. I even talked to some of my friends and my parents about some of the funny things he said.
How has passing the exams impacted your personal and professional life?
Passing the exams during graduate school (I spent January-July studying and taking all four sections) allowed me to enjoy all of the summer before I started working as an associate. A number of my coworkers are now studying for the exam and working...I don't envy their situation at all. It has truly been a weight off my shoulders and I am really looking forward to my bonus!
Words of advice for those studying for the CPA Exam?
My dad told me to overestimate how long I expected each section to take. I didn't understand until I found myself panicking before my first section (FAR). He was absolutely correct since I was unable to stick to my schedule the entire time I studied. Having this cushion reduced a little bit of the stress I was under. Also, you will never really feel ready for the exam. If you put in the hours like you were supposed to, go on and take the exam. I wanted to postpone AUD like I did REG, and it ended up being my highest score.
"Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Anything else you'd like to share?:
I am so grateful to my family and friends for pushing me. I wanted to give up repeatedly but no one would allow me to let myself down like that. It is really because of them that I got through the CPA Exam with only a few gray hairs.