Update: Becker Scholarship

by Megan Taylor on March 18, 2015

Last week was Spring Break, so I spent the week focusing on work and being really excited that all I had to do at the end of the day was go home and relax. I won’t lie, I’m really looking forward to that when I’m done with school and the CPA exam, even though it’s still a ways off.

The week before Spring Break, a representative from Becker came to talk at our Beta Alpha Psi meeting. He ran us through the ins and outs of sitting for the CPA exam, and then told us a bit about how Becker could really help us get through the exam. I’d heard the pitch before, last fall, and while I would love to be able to use Becker to study for and pass the CPA exam, it’s by far the most expensive review course out there. It’s close to $3,400, where the next most popular are in the $1,500 to $1,800 range. Since I don’t have an offer from a firm (yet), I would be footing that bill myself, especially if I want to study for and pass the CPA exam in October or November of this year. Using one of the other CPA prep courses makes a lot more sense, especially since they’re half the cost.

Well, after the presentation, I went to talk to the Becker rep, and explained the above. He said that he completely understands, and that one of the things that Becker is doing to try to promote people taking the CPA exam is to give Becker half-scholarship certificates to accounting faculty that they can pass on to students who want to take the CPA exam but maybe don’t have a firm offer yet or have some other need for the financial aid. He suggested I talk to one of my professors and see if they had one available.

Well, long story… shorter, I spoke with Dawn, the Beta faculty advisor, and she was able to get me one of the scholarships. I’ll get the certificate tonight when I meet up with everyone for the e-board meeting.

It still doesn’t seem quite real, but I’m very excited that I’ll be able to use Becker to sit for the CPA exam, and that I won’t have to (quite) pay an arm and a leg to do it.


Update: Registered for final two semseters

February 9, 2015

Today was registration day at Western, and as soon as the clock struck 8 am, I was online getting myself set up. This is my schedule: Summer I ACTY 6240 – Business Tax Planning (TR 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm) BUS 6150 – Global Business (MW 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Summer II ACTY 6100 […]

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The class schedule for Summer I and Summer II opened up for review on Monday. I wrote down the list of classes that I was interested in and still needed for my Masters and emailed the graduate advisor at Western. The information she sent back today has up-ended everything in my original plan for 2015. […]

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Update: Spring Semester Starts!

January 27, 2015

Spring semester started about three weeks ago, actually. I only have one class on campus this semester, and it’s on Monday, so I’ve only had two classes so far due to MLK Day last week. The on-campus class I’m taking is the Graduate-level version of the Accounting Info Systems class I took last summer, and […]

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The Plan for 2015

January 5, 2015

For anyone who might be wondering, my Winter Break has been delightful so far. We had an unprecedented 5 weeks off between Fall and Spring semesters, and Ben and I got to spend almost two weeks with my family in Colorado. Now I am spending three weeks at home getting things organized and projects completed […]

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Update: The Semester is Over! *collapses*

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*video game accomplishment music* “Good job, Megan! You leveled up! New level: 2nd Semester Grad Student.” In other words, as of 9:00 pm last night, I was officially done with this fall semester. The means my first semester of actual grad school classes (as opposed to undergrad pre-requisites, which is what I was taking before) […]

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Mastering Excel: New Keyboard Shortcut Learned

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There are some people who love keyboard shortcuts and use them all the time. There are other people who are ambivalent about keyboard shortcuts, don’t usually use them, and therefore can’t remember them. I fit firmly in the the first category. Keyboard shortcuts make me really happy, and I think they make me more efficient. […]

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First Round of Volunteering: Accomplished

October 4, 2014

As mentioned in a previous post, to qualify for membership for Beta Alpha Psi, I have to do 8 hours of community service and 20 hours of tutoring before the end of the current semester. At this last Thursday’s meeting, I signed up to volunteer today at a local food pantry, and in two weeks […]

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Update: Busy Fall Semester, or I’m Pretty Sure I’m a Crazy Person…

September 25, 2014

The 2014 Fall Semester kicked off a few weeks ago, and I have, as per usual, piled my metaphorical plate so high that I can barely see over the top. When I was chatting with my sister last week–in the process of trying to figure out if I’d taken on too much, and whether I […]

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Mastering Excel: Wrote My First Macro

September 12, 2014

It may not seem like a big thing to anyone else, but I just successfully programmed my first Macros (four of them!) in Excel. Well, the first ones I had to do outside of a class wherein I had step-by-step instructions. I’d like to send a shout-out to Dr. San Miguel for teaching me the […]

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