The holiday season is a great time for reuniting with family, friends, enjoying great food, giving back to your community, and--oh yes--is probably one of the most difficult times to stay focused on studying for the CPA Exam!
My name is Brad Searle and my journey to becoming a CPA has been anything but ordinary.
I grew up in San Diego before moving up the coast to Santa Barbara for college.
In January 2016, I packed up and moved from Southern California to Austin, Texas. I recently left the tax side of public accounting to transition to PwC Audit in Austin. On any given weekend, you can find me exploring the outdoors, reading a good book, or catching up with old friends.
Have you ever had the fear you’d be “found out” as a fraud?
If you have ever had the fear that you are not as smart or talented as other people think you are, then you are certainly not alone. Despite being highly motivated to achieve, some have feelings of phoniness and not being competent regardless of a successful track record. Because of this, many live in constant fear of being discovered as a “fraud”--also known as Impostor Syndrome.
It used to be that the term “creative accountant” conjured up an image of a dim room partially hidden by crooked blinds with someone in a sweaty suit cooking the books. Although this terminology is popular for referencing corporate accounting scandals (most notably Enron back in 2001), we’re beginning to see a shift in how today’s accountants are redefining what it means to be “creative” in the profession.
Every day, we're inspired by the will and determination of our students who strive to pass the exam and become CPAs. Especially when they document their journey in a freestyle rap. We'd like to thank our student, Ringo M., for allowing us to share his fun and creative testimonial! Check out his verses below!
There’s a lot of debate online about which one is harder: the CPA Exam, or the Bar Exam. Many times we’ll see conversations between law students and CPA Exam candidates arguing about why the exam they’re taking is more difficult and why. So in order to get a better, more informed perspective regarding this topic, we thought—why not chat with someone who’s had to take both?
I have had a career in government for the past 6.5 years and have been specifically in governmental audit for the last 3.5 years. When I graduated from college, I never imagined having a career in audit. I only saw myself with a future as an accountant. And unfortunately, I have to say I do not love it, which is why pursuing my CPA license is so critical for me at this juncture in my life.
Hi. My name is Juan Sanchez. I’m from Monterrey, Mexico and was recently granted U.S. Citizenship. Having earned a full scholarship to Columbus State University in Georgia and graduating with my Bachelors in Music Education, I didn’t ever think that I would eventually become a U.S. CPA. But here I am and I’m excited to share my story with all of you.