Written By Guest Blogger Amy W.
I’m writing from Los Angeles, where I am visiting my mother-in-law. Her house sits high on a hill, not far from the famous “Hollywood” sign. Down the hill and across the street is Universal Studios. Up the road a short way is a high-end shopping mall with all the extravagant, expensive, and elegant stores that we definitely don’t have in perennially-economically-challenged Tucson. I am surrounded by glitz, glamour and temptations of all kinds. The keys to my mother-in-law’s red convertible sit on the kitchen counter; I could easily grab those keys and head out to a credit-card-shopping spree that Citibank VISA and I would never forget.
But I must be singularly dull or deeply dedicated, because here I sit at her dining room table with my nose buried in Corporations. Yes, it’s true. I brought along a small suitcase packed with my laptop, my Gleim EA Review Book, my notes, scratch paper and a calculator. I even downloaded the audio material just before I left and listened to the audio review while my husband drove the car.
It’s not that I’m averse to taking a vacation, and right about now it sounds great. But vacations come and go, while this EA credential is vital to my future. And having come this far in my studies, having spent two months wrapping my mind around business taxes, I’m not willing to risk losing even the teeniest bit of this hard-won knowledge. So I sit. And I study. And I work problems. And I close my eyes to lock a number into my brain. And I sit some more.
I’ve decided to take the test at the end of July. I’ll schedule it as soon as I get home later this week. I can already feel the adrenalin ramping up, the nerves snapping to attention, the focus of my mind sharpening. Failure is not an option!