Act and It is Possible!

Grad Pic - Arianne Kaye AlvaranI am already a CMA passer!

Today is the first Sunday after I knew that I passed my 2nd CMA exam. I asked God on what story will I be able to share to the future candidates in order to motivate them. Then, He gave me this: “Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will open for you. Luke 11:9” I had goose bumps and my heart beat fast, realizing that this verse was really for me and the aspirants.

Way back when I was in college, I never thought that I will still be able to put a 3-letter title on my name after He gave me a verse in a youth conference which reads: “Be ready for whatever comes, dressed for action and with your lamps lit. Mark 16:15”. He let me be prepared because weeks after that, I knew that I didn’t make it in BS Accountancy that let me shift to BSBA major in Management Accounting. I felt like I was a big disappointment. I did my best but it wasn’t good enough. In a blink of an eye, my world fell down and my dreams faded just like that. I couldn’t accept and I was in denial. I was unaware that God has something for me different from what I was expecting.

“Blessing in disguise”. That’s what my cousin told me. I didn’t mind her ‘til I knew that there’s a certification waiting for me, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

From Mark, I turned to Jeremiah 29:11. Maybe God has His better plans. I may fail many times or may have a messy journey but that doesn’t prove that I’m a failure and I cannot do what I am capable of. There is a big difference between being a failure and having a failure. For as long as I keep on taking steps and moving forward, nothing is impossible. I just need to TRUST MYSELF, WORK HARD AND PRAY HARDER.

Just a week after our graduation, we started our review for CMA at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. I was very thankful because we were the first batch to experience the in-house review and almost all of my classmates applied as CMA candidates. Though I hesitated to apply or not as I was afraid of another failure, I just went with the flow. All of my friends took courage, why wouldn’t I?

Thick and heavy books were given. I got excited. I bought my new calculator, study table and even new pens, highlighters and erasers. I even rented a dorm in spite of having our house near the school just to keep away from television, unlimited internet, hangouts with my friends and other distractions during weekdays. Would I be able to read these books for two months with just a 6-function calculator? Would I pass the exam? Spending so much to have this global title, of course I will! I and my friend, my dormmate were strict with our schedule. We managed our time not only considering our review but also ourselves. We should have enough sleep, food and relaxation in order to study well. There’s a time for ourselves, for our loved ones and for God. EVERYTHING SHOULD BE BALANCED.

The day of my first exam came. I was part of the first batch in DLSU-D. I didn’t feel anything. I wasn’t nervous neither excited. Just blank. I didn’t know if it was right but thank God for that! It felt like I was having a practice exam in Makati. I had the focus but just until I heard the keyboards of my seatmates which only meant that they survived the multiple choice questions. I got pressured but it motivated me. I also survived and luckily received the great news on August 12, 2015. I was halfway there!

I still continued what I did to prepare just like the first exam. That time, I realized the advantage of studying in a group. We had question and answer portion every time we felt that it wasn’t clear. I was never hesitant to ask as I always remember a Chinese proverb that says: “BEING A FOOL FOR A FEW MINUTES IS BETTER THAN BEING A FOOL FOREVER.” It helped me a lot.

Three weeks before my second exam, just like before I took the first one, I got sick which led me to pause my review and rest for a week and a half. I got nervous and felt that I wasted those time. I tried to study but I couldn’t. Despite that, I still thank Him that He answered my prayer to keep me from any distractions during the exam day. I was able to make up my missed sessions and answered the exam with focus. A month before I took the exam, I got a message from Him from a basket full of paper verses, He said: “Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4”. I trusted Him but I knew He always means: DO YOUR BEST AND GOD WILL DO THE REST.

With God’s grace, I passed!

With just a 2-year work experience to complete all Program requirements, I can officially put those 3-letter title on my name.

To the CMA aspirants, everything is possible. God will give you what’s always the best but never forget to TAKE ACTION just like what Luke 11:9 says, ASK, SEEK and KNOCK. To the people who believed in me and helped me all the way to have this wonderful achievement; to my family and relatives who never failed to cheer me up and give a hand through thick or thin; to my friends whom I shared my happiness; to my professors in college who gave us guidance and good foundation; to the Insights family who provided us review to pursue this certification; and lastly, to God Almighty who never failed me, this is all for you!


About the author:  Arianne Kaye Alvaran is a 2015 Management Accounting graduate from De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Cavite, Philippines.

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