Redirection to a Better Future

Regine Marie Talucod“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,  plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

I started my story with this wonderful word from God because this is where my journey to CMA started.

Honestly, I’m not familiar with this certification before because I was too focused in my journey to have the CPA License. Yes, just like some of you my dear, I was kicked out of the BS Accountancy program in our beloved university. Believe me, I did everything to pursue Accountancy but OUR GOD really moves in mysterious ways that’s why I am here. I am here to where I truly belong. One thing I have realized? Being a management accounting student/graduate doesn’t make you less than those who still pursue Accountancy. Yes, I know how sad and painful it is to fail. I know how hard it is to tell your parents that you failed to finish what you have started but the verse that I have mentioned in the opening stanza reminds me that what I have been through was not a failure but a redirection to a better future. I know it’s hard to take another risk when you already doubted your capabilities. I have thought a million times before I decided to take this path to redeem myself from the failure that I have experienced 3 years ago.

May 2, 2015. “This is it!” That was the first thing that came into my mind when the review for the Part 2 exam started. I was too scared to take this part because it includes the topics I hate the most during my undergraduate course. Focusing on the review was difficult especially when you’re at home wherein you’re surrounded with distractions (TV, internet, gadgets).  I must say that during the review, I also learned to discipline myself. I attended all the sessions, all the advance classes and special classes to make sure that I could face the exam bravely at the end of June.

A week before the Part 2 exam, my family went to a road trip. We went to Liliw, Laguna and there, I found a church where I bought a rosary. I asked the priest to bless the rosary and what he told me gave me goosebumps: “Papasa ka. Maniwala ka lang. HE will guide you.”

During the exam, I was really nervous. I was literally trembling for a few minutes after I clicked the start button. I also had problem with the keyboard that consumed my precious time for the essay part. Yes. I was really thankful that I reached the essay part but I know that I did not perform well during the Part 2 exam.

Waiting for the result was really a torture for me. I cannot focus on the review for the Part 1 exam until the results were out. Luckily, I did it! I was half way there!

Part 1 has a longer and wider coverage than Part 2. It includes plenty of theories that’s why, I tried to revise my strategy in preparing for this part. I tried to read everything first, without solving. Few weeks before the exam, I started to doubt my ability to take the exam as scheduled. I am not sure whether the time I spent studying this part is really enough to pass the exam or Am I just nervous that’s why felt this way. I cannot assess myself that’s why I asked help and advice from friends and CMA mentors. Revising my strategy was inefficient but I did my best to get back on track. I stopped reading and started solving problems. I maximized the use of all the resources around me. Though travelling from Cavite to Makati was very tiring, I decided to go to the review center every day to read, or to have an assessment, or just take down notes. I didn’t mind if I was alone; all I knew was that I wanted to do this. I fervently want to have that three letter title after my name. Not just for me, but also for all the people who supported me and believed in me all throughout. I was too determined during that time and my parents were very supportive.

With God’s grace, I am now, Regine Marie L. Talucod, CMA.

To all the people who became part of this journey, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Thank you for encouraging me when I doubted myself. Thank you for supporting me emotionally, financially, and physically. Thank you for the prayers. Thank you for the guidance.

My journey to CMA was not easy but it’s worth it. I guess all we need is enough courage to take another risk after each failure for us to be able to redeem ourselves and move forward. Hanging on from the past will not make us better individuals. Pains and failures should serve as a lesson for us and a stepping stone to our future successes. Remember that all those successful people nowadays, once failed along the way.

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