Don’t Just Dream It, “Work” It!

Pic - Maricollin Ramirez - InsightsMy CMA journey was not what I exactly planned but in the end, it was all worth it.

It was just a year ago when I first went to Insights Financial Review Center and inquired about their CMA program. I learned from my college classmates that the new management accounting graduates of DLSU-D were then taking their CMA review course in the said review center. I felt jealous at them, and for me they were lucky because they were almost close to their dream of becoming a CMA. Then I reflected on myself if I am happy with my present state. I told myself that I really want to be a CMA. But in order to do that, I must take the first step, an action to make that dream possible. Dreams don’t work unless you do!

When I went to Insights Financial Review Center, I got excited and anxious at the same time. I was excited thinking that I was getting a step closer to my dream. I told myself that “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” I also felt anxious because of the “what ifs” in my mind. What if I can’t do it? What if I fail again? What if being a CMA wasn’t for me? These were the questions that bothered me. I thought back then I couldn’t afford another failure in life again.

Back in college, I started as an Accountancy student in DLSU-D. At first, I thought that this will be the path that will lead me to my dream, ‘to become a CPA’. It was my childhood dream since my relatives were mostly CPAs. I studied my subjects well. Became a dean’s lister in our college. All things were good until I failed for the first time. It was very hard for me to accept that I can no longer continue in the Accountancy program. I felt failure, and all my dreams were shattered to pieces. I will not be a CPA anymore. But this didn’t stop me to reach for my dreams. I planned to transfer to other university just to continue my dream but it didn’t happen. Instead of transferring school, I decided to shift my course to Management Accounting because this course was also similar to Accountancy but without auditing subjects. I was thinking that time that maybe God has other plans for me, so I pursued this course. After graduating, I was happy that finally I already got a degree but, to be honest, I was not satisfied with what I achieved. I felt that there was something missing, I don’t have any “title” to be proud of. I knew that there is a certification exam for this course that is globally recognized but I was not aware that it was already offered in our country. I thought it was only offered in the US. I promised to myself that I will get that certification soon.

I tried to work in companies and apply for a position in accounting but I ended up having a position in marketing. I know that I can work in an accounting and finance related jobs but I was not given a chance. Maybe for them, I wasn’t good enough. Maybe those companies preferred CPAs. That time, I was working in an insurance company, as a marketing officer. I know that my present career was quite far from all the training I received in college.

I still vividly remember the day that made me decide to take the CMA examination. It was just a normal day of going to office in Makati. I rode a bus, and then suddenly I saw this advertisement of Insights Financial Review Center about the CMA Certification. I quickly took a picture of it in my phone and I showed it to my parents when I got home. I took that as a sign that tells me to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity. I asked my parents for their blessing and to help me financially. I am so blessed to have a supportive parents like them.

When I started reviewing for the CMA exams, I can say that it was not a piece of cake. It was full of sleepless nights, anxiety, doubts, sacrifices and fears. I began to question my capabilities. But when you overcome these things, I think these were the ingredients to the sweet and glorious victory. Nothing worth having comes that easy.

Collin1For those future CMA aspirants, I have this quote that I hold onto when I took my CMA journey, “She believe she could, so she did!” Just believe and do… a simple statement that can seem impossible at times but when acted upon is unstoppable. The power of believing in yourself and the willpower to achieve your dream is stronger than any force of nature yet for so many it is very difficult to do. But I encourage you to take hold of this truth and dare to believe in yourself! Amazing things will happen when you do. It may take a little time, but soon enough you will begin to see the results of your believing and doing! And don’t ever forget to PRAY. And when you feel like quitting, think about why you started. Good luck and God bless!

I would like to thank all the people who believed and supported me: my family, friends, and loved ones. I also want to thank my Insights family, the persons who are behind to this success. Thank you also to my DLSU-D professors and to Insights reviewers for sharing their knowledge with us.

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the HARD that makes it GREAT.


About the Author: Maricollin H. Ramirez, CMA, is a BSBA major in Management Accounting graduate at De La Salle University – Dasmariñas last May 2013.

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