Reaching My Canaan!

Pic_Edrei H. Bergado - GradAiming for something and achieving it whatever it takes is what every person would like to do but, circumstances and possibility of failure always come with it.

Most of my classmates shared our heartbreaks from not making it to the BS Accountancy program until the end (hey, they are now CMA Passers too!) so I will not elaborate much about my painful past. To summarize those bitter moments of my college life, I also experienced brokenness and failure because I fell short. I also felt heartaches and bitterness that was caused by a particular grade requirement.

So here it goes. After my 2nd year in BSA, I shifted to BS Business Administration major in Management Accounting so most of the subjects that I’ve taken were credited and carried through. The effect on me as a student was that I became a normal student studying just for the sake of passing. The drive to excel and the eagerness to compete with the best went down the drain. I just wanted to graduate and that’s it.

Everything changed because of an orientation that introduced us about the varying professional certifications and titles that we may pursue after graduation. Call that specialization, if you will. And one of these which interest me the most is the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) title. I really got motivated. I knew at that very moment that this title would mean a lot to my future career. Right after that, I told my parents about it and right away, they agreed to support me.

The CMA Review course started immediately after graduation in May’15. We first prepared and started reviewing the topics for the Part 2 examination. I was not used to studying for about 4 to 5 hours a day so I really had to force myself to face those thick review materials that were provided to us by Insights every Mondays to Saturdays. I preferred studying alone behind our house whenever we didn’t have our review sessions, a place where I was able to focus with what I was doing.

Time came when we were asked whether we would take the Part 2 exam on June or take both parts on September and October. I couldn’t decide that time because I didn’t want to give my parents another failure so I decided to take it on October. However, someone convinced me to take heart and believe in myself that I could pass. I was convinced and did study even harder. I always prayed to God for wisdom, knowledge and perseverance. Thank God I made it!

Part 1 of the CMA examination was another story. It was tougher than I thought. I really had bad times reviewing those topics maybe because most of them were taught during my second and third year in college, not as fresh as the coverage in Part 2 (Financial Decision Making). There were moments that I really doubted that I would be able to pass the examination. I was discouraged. Then one Sunday, our pastor preached about the twelve spies in the book of Numbers, chapter 13 and 14. It’s about God telling Moses to send 12 leaders to spy in the land of Canaan. After 40 days, they went back and reported to the congregation. They reported that the land was flowing with milk and honey; however, the people dwelling in the place were strong, the cities were fortified and there were also giants that they may encounter if they push through. Because of these, the whole Israelites were discouraged and they decided not to occupy the land. Out of the twelve, Joshua and Caleb still encouraged the people to occupy the land because it’s flowing with milk and honey. The two focused more on the prize. That made an impact in me! I continued to strive even harder and whenever I felt frustrated, I told myself that I want that ‘land that flows with milk and honey’ (CMA). The day of examination came. I was not nervous and I didn’t know why. I prayed before starting and thank God, I finished the multiple choice section and reached the essay part. While waiting for the result, I continued to pray and trust the Lord with His plans in my life. I removed all my doubts and put my trust in Him.

November 12, 2015, the good news came! Guess what, the average kid that once struggled badly is now a CMA Passer! All the Glory belongs to our Lord Jesus!

One door in my life had closed but another opened and it led me to where God wants me to be. I felt disappointment and I almost lost my dream but God has His own ways on how to lead me to my Canaan, where He will bless me abundantly even more than I could ever imagine.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents, my inspirations, my professors, church mates, my family, those people who believed, and of course Insights.

If you feel like quitting, you can turn on this quote: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” -Muhammad Ali


About the Author:  Edrei H. Bergado, CMA, is a BSMA graduate at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in May, 2015. 

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