There’s a lot of reasons why our twenties matter. It’s arguably the time our lives begin to take the most definition. Most of us start our twenties on similar planes: we’re not making money really on our own, still slightly on the leash of our parents, living in…
Imagine this — you’ve been studying for hours, burning the midnight candle just to understand the logic behind what you’re studying. You feel all confident that you’re going to do well tomorrow because you studied well. But you didn’t do well. You flunked.
Don’t you just hate that feeling? It’s like all efforts are sucked into a vortex of frustrations; like a ship getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle; like your heart, shattered into pieces. Don’t you just want to give up and end the agony?
Well, think about it. You’ve come this far. Why throw it all away? You’ve invested so much time, effort and tears — why let something seemingly so negative like a flunked quiz or an unmet expecatation derail you from your dreams?
When things get a bit a bit rough, BREATHE. Think about it. Should you really just throw it away and just get on with it? Well don’t. Think of the reason why you want this badly. It may just remind you that you shouldn’t quit and come hell or high water, you’ll do what it takes to reach your heart’s aspirations. Compose your self and forge ahead.
This question was raised a couple of days ago by a reviewee who’s going to start her formal review in CPAR. To answer this question, you need this:
- YOUR HANDOUTS/REVIEW MATERIALS - If you enrolled in a review center just because everyone else did, well then, MEH. Seriously, MEH. You enroll in a review center because you acknowledge the fact that you still have a lot to learn. In enrolling in a review center, you have the perks of getting your hands in their handouts. NO, YOU DON’T JUST FOLD ‘EM IN HALF OR COMPILE THEM IN FOLDERS, YOU ANSWER THEM IN ADVANCE. What is the advantage? When you enter your lecture class, the lecturer gives you the answer. All you need to do is compare your answers, confirm ‘em if they’re correctly done and learn from your mistakes. Review classes are not designed for the purpose of merely writing the correct answers, they are for learning purposes. YOUR HANDOUTS > REVIEWERS.
- TEXTBOOKS FROM YOUR UNDERGRAD - You need them because that’s where you go to when you don’t understand the topic and you need help in understanding the solution, principles and stuff. Your textbook and your handouts go hand in hand. They’re like peanut butter and jelly.
- A LOT OF SELF BELIEF - Aanhin ang reviewers if you yourself are not doing anything, right? Sabi nga ni Captain Planet, THE POWER IS YOURS. If you’re the pessimistic, sluggish and lazy type, PWES! UMAYOS KA. ANG LAPIT NA OH. Push lang, friend! Di bale nang Stress Drilon lagi o Haggardo Versoza your festicles, basta CPA. Ayun na eh! ;)
So that’s basically it. I know, I know you’re asking, Ate, bakit ang reviewers? Hindi kailangan? Well, you do need them. BUT, do not answer your reviewers not until you finished answering your handouts. Your handouts were designed in such a way that everything you need to know about a topic is there. They were hand-picked from hundreds of problems because a. they probably came out in the previous board, b. they MIGHT come out during your board exam, and c. to remind you that these are the things you need to remember. Only after solving your handouts and understanding ‘em, then you can solve your reviewers.
Q: Ate, kailangan ba updated ang reviewers?
Nope.It is an advantage pero, aanhin mo naman ang updated reviewer kung hindi ka hiyang at kung di mo gagamitin?
Q: Ate, helpful bang makakuha ng kopya ng handouts ng review centers?
Yes, but only if you finished solving your review center’s pop sheets first. It’s nice to be exposed to a lot of problems but face it, we are not designed to operate at theoretical capacity. Our bodies are subject to inherent limitations after all (Oh look, I used an accounting jargon in expressing myself. WOOPDIEDOO). You can have them photocopied but due to time constraints, you might not solve them.
Q: Ate, nagpupuyat ka ba during review?
I always believe that one has a specific study style/habit that he she likes doing. Just because the others are doing it, you should do it too. WAG KANG MAPRESSURE. Kanya-kanyang sikap at trip lang yan. If you’re not the type who sleeps late, then don’t. If you’re a morning person, study in the morning. It’s all about comfort.
OKAY, I might have said too much. I shall end this long text post with a word completely unrelated to this post. BACON.
During our senior year, a lot of us were contemplating as to where will we be reviewing. It all boiled down to CPAR, ReSA, PRTC and CRC-ACE. Which one’s the best review school? Well, it depends:
Go to CPAR if you feel that you have a solid foundation in accounting. The pacing there, in my opinion, is quite fast. The problems we solve there are more of the comprehensive problems especially in Prac 2 (I nearly died solving their P2 review materials. LOLjk). The star-studded cast of reviewers (Roque Brothers, Papa Valix and his hot son…OOPS) help you further your understanding, in my opinion. As to the pressure, well, medyo grabe. Why? It’s because most of the honor students of each school as well as almost all the graduates of La Salle, UST and UP are there. So you have an idea on your competition in passing the board and in finding a job. Half of the examinees go to CPAR, more than 4,000 to give you an idea of how big the population of the reviewees in CPAR. AND, prestigious companies go to CPAR and give talks about their company and post job vacancies so it’s a bit of an advantage for me.
Go to ReSA if you’re a bit shaky in BL&T and AudTheory. Plus, the review center is home to Sir Dayag whose an expert in Prac 2. Their review materials are filled with fundamental yet challenging problems that would assess what you’ve learned during undergrad.
Enroll at PRTC if you want periodical drills to test your understanding in every topic. After a hearty discussion, they give you drills to test whether you understood the topic. They follow a strictly zero base grading system which adds a little more pressure. It may be a bit of a drain, because you spend two-three days discussing one subject (P2 on M-T, P1 on ThF, MS next MT, AT next ThF) but overall the experience is okay.
CRC-ACE is where Salosagcol teaches and I heard he’s an excellent lecturer too. I don’t know much about CRC-ACE but what I know is their materials are comprehensive but solvable.
SO, WHERE TO REVIEW? Here are a few things you need to do before enrolling yourself in a review center:
1. Assess your learnings during your undergrad years. Know your waterloos and strengths. Review is the most crucial 5-6 months because it tests you on what you know and what you do not know. Enrolling in a review center that doesn’t address your concerns in the topic then it will be harder for you.
2. Ask your higher batches who reviewed in the said review centers to help you have an idea of what’s in store for you.
3. Check the surroundings or the ambience of the place you will be reviewing. The review school might be great but if other factors such as the hassle of traveling, being 5-6 months away from your family and other factors might disturb you, then you might want to reconsider.
In the end, it’s not really about where you reviewed, it’s about how you use your time during your review. The prestige of the review center and its lecturer wouldn’t be of relevance if you didn’t do your part. So, good luck and I wish you the best.
MANILA, Philippines - Dear Fresh Grad,
I think I saw you yesterday along Makati Avenue, wearing the most smart-casual attire your closet will allow, waiting for the traffic light to change to red. You were clutching a brown envelope — they contained your résumés, right? But you looked a little flustered. Did your job interview not go so well? It’s your fifth interview in six weeks, I hear? Don’t worry, they say “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” to almost everybody. Hindi ka nag-iisa. Oh, your best friend nailed her interview on the first try? And your other ka-barkada, too? Well, good for them. Wag ka lang inggitera.
I know, I know. You’ve imagined yourself to be in your dream job immediately after graduation, getting paid (a lot), and doing what you love to do (so “it doesn’t feel like work at all,”). You saw yourself changing the world, while live posting it on Twitter.
I must say, your imagination’s pretty impressive, and you must’ve been reading a lot of Steve Jobs. Darling, the real world doesn’t work that way, and definitely not that fast. So your two friends who nailed it on their first try? I’ll bet you’ll spend at least one Friday night with them at a karaoke bar, singing your angst away. Alanis’s Hand in My Pocket is a good first song, by the way.
You’ll find a job yourself soon. It won’t be your dream job, but hey, at least it will pay for happy hour. You will be asked to buy Starbucks for your boss’s guests, and while walking out of the office, you’ll tell the universe, “Nag-graduate ako ng cum laude para lang bumili ng kape?” When you return, the boss will be angry to know that you forgot to put Splenda in his coffee, and the universe will tell you, “E kape nga lang hindi mo mabili nang maayos, cum laude ka pa nyan ha.” You will print the wrong report. You will be yelled at for a lousy job someone else did, and you will be yelled at for a job you put your whole heart into. You will be told you’re stupid, and if you’re lucky, the whole office will be there to hear it. You will cry in your cubicle. You will lose the promotion to the boss’s son, or to someone less hardworking than you. You will learn about dirty office politics, and you will be frustrated to know that you can’t do anything about it. You will figure in office tsismis, and you’ll make your Twitter account private. You will see your friends going to Boracay, Bangkok and Europe, having the time of their lives, while you’re left here, living paycheck to paycheck, wishing you were born an Ayala, a Gokongwei, or a Gosling. You will think about quitting. You will lose the sparkle and the passion. You will forget about your ultimate dream when the real world crushes it right before your eyes.
But please don’t.
Make Passion Last
The truth is, you will never be as passionate as your Fresh Grad self ever again. Make that passion last as long as you can. I don’t want to be dramatic, but really, that sparkle? Once it’s gone, you can never take it back. Oo, parang virginity lang.
So while you have it, savor the moment. Go make mistakes, while you’re still expected to be imperfect. Go cry in the cubicle, while your age allows it. Go sing Hand in My Pocket and You Learn at the karaoke bar, while you’re still “young and underpaid.” Go chase your dreams and change the world. The best time to change the world? It’s right after college, when you are f*cking sure you can.
See, you will become 26. Then 28. Then 30. And you will be busy looking for money to pay for the bills, or yelling at your assistant who printed the wr ong report, and you will just forget about the world you badly wanted to change before.
How old are you again? Actually, I don’t really need to know. You were glowing from where I saw you, and that gave away your age. So stand up straight, clutch your résumés, hold on to your dreams, and stay glowing as long as you can. Make the most of your youth. I swear, you’ll miss it when it’s gone, and by that time, you will only be able to write about it.
An Ex-Fresh Grad
- Still uses Calculator in solving simple arithmetic. (So dependent to Calculator).
- Read the book for 6271891times and still says “I haven’t studied that much”.
- Computes. Gets an answer that has decimal places. Panics. Recomputes.
- Absent for 1 day. Feels absent for a month.
- Finishes the exam first. Still waits for a person to pass his papers first.
- Solves a problem. Answer not in the choices. Works back from the multiple choices.
- Finds the problem easy. Then thinks that some information has been neglected to be considered.
- Cheating is not an option.
- Hates memorization but learns to love such because of Law.
- Drops a ballpen during exam. Thinks that they wasted a couple of seconds on getting that pen.
- Knows the grade before the professor gives it.
- Still loves Accounting even it makes their lives stressful.
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I know this is a little bit too absurd to ask, pero advisable po ba sa mga BSA students ang lumablayp? Hahahaha.
Study now. Landi later.
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Last night, I saw a tweet coming from my friend. Hindi ko alam kung para sa akin ba talaga ‘tong course na ‘to. It was followed by another tweet saying Nawawalan na ako ng gana mag-aral. I became worried with what she said because she is a graduating student. I decided to talk to her. She told me that her problem is the lack of confidence that she will pass the board or if she will do, she cannot see herself as an auditor. Well, her problem is just normal for most of BSA students. I tried to motivate her and I’m glad that she was enlightened with what I said.
Allow me to share these thoughts. (Especially for graduating BSA students)
Think. If accounting is not for you, then how come you reached the last year of your college life? We’re just counting a few more months and you’ll have your college diploma!
Think again. I’m quite sure that you’re asking for divine intervention. You’re praying to pass your quizzes and exams. You’re asking for guidance to hurdle your accounting subjects. Do you think He will let you pass if being a Certified Public Accountant is not meant for you?
I hope that at this point, the clutter in your mind is slowly fading.
- I know that you have read this quote elsewhere. Maybe in Facebook, in Twitter or here in Tumblr. When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long. Don’t waste your efforts! It’s just your fear that pulls you down.
- Grades are not a good measure to determine if you will pass the board exam or not. You’d hear some stories of candidates who failed and yet they graduated with honors and there are also surprising stories of CPAs who were not that academically great during their college years. So don’t be discouraged if you have low grades and don’t be overconfident if you have high grades.
- Do not be too futuristic. Sometimes, you’re so preoccupied with the possible results and that would lead to failure because you’re foregoing of the present. Let the present take care of the future. Or should I say, work hard now, claim that you’ll become a CPA and you’ll reap the reward later.
- Thou shall not forsake the word balance! Make fun a priority but don’t overdo it. Do not invest too much in non-value adding activities.:)
- Of course, Do your best and God will do the rest.
- The greatest battle in the board exam is the test of faith. Faith in God and of course, faith in yourself. One last thing, before you ask God for something, be sincerely sorry for your sins. Eventually, you’ll build up a good relationship with Him.
- Do not forget 1 to 6. Haha.
Well, I hope that I was able to inspire and motivate you (even just a little bit) with this post. I’ll end this one with my favorite Bible verse. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) God bless future CPA!
Ano po ba ang mas mababaw na meaning ng PROCEEDS? :)
Yung binayad sayo na pera sa pagbenta mo ng PPE or Bonds
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours"
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