You Reap What You Sow

Leah_Insights WebsiteWay back then, I was afraid to start my 2014 so I kept this scripture that guided me along my journey:

“Do not be afraid – I am with you! I am your God – let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” – Isaiah 41:10

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you” – Psalms 56:3

I believed 2014 was a big change for me as I was hoping then to finish my degree and then look for a job. Thank God, I was able to achieve those goals. More so, I was able to surpass my goals as another milestone hit my 2014, passing the two-part CMA examination.

I remember when I was still in college I would always tell myself that someday, I will also see myself being congratulated by my university through those proudly made tarpaulins.  I never thought I would achieve that goal sooner.

I was initially a Management Accounting graduate. I have also dreamt of having that three-letter title after my name. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy to get a certification for management accounting since the opportunity is new in the Philippines. It was not available in our country until last March 2014, when our school was invited to join the 1st CMA Quiz Bowl in the Philippines where I was chosen as one of the participants. I was so excited when I first heard about it  that I immediately submitted my registration form,  making  Sir Angel remember me as the “very first participant from DLSU-D who submitted the registration form for the first quiz bowl”. The quiz bowl gave me an insight of how the CMA examination would be. So, after the quiz bowl, when we were invited to enroll for the CMA review, without second thoughts, I discussed it with my parents and immediately grabbed the opportunity.

I started my review in April 2014 while waiting for our graduation day. I was in the midst of looking for a job and at the same time having my review, thinking that I could work while studying. When we had our first assessment, I got a low grade. A few days before our exam, I was still behind my target scores. I was a bit depressed at that time. Then, Sir Angel enlightened me. He said that what may have hindered my score improvement is the distraction of looking for a suitable work. Having thought about it, I have decided to pursue the examination over job searching. Taking it for granted might yield unfavorable consequences for my future.

The exam day was fast approaching. I still had a few days to prepare so I studied even harder. I changed my study techniques. I prayed before studying and taking the assessment to seek for guidance and to keep me away from distractions. I had my target topics for the day and assured that it would be finished by day’s end. I had my index cards of the terms and formulas I should be familiar with, which I read while traveling to the review center, a useful technique I learned from Ms. CJ, one of our abled CMA Instructors. As a result of this changed study habits, my scores improved. These changes helped me to be well-equipped for the exam. I was able to pass the CMA Examination-Part 2 last August 11, 2014.

After I took the exam, I started to prepare for Part 1. I adopted the study habits I had in preparing for my Part 2 exam so I was more prepared this time. I was a bit relaxed, more focused and more confident. As with my scores, I progressed faster and better than before. During the exam, honestly, I did not feel nervous. It was as if I was just taking an assessment. Even after the exam, I was confident that I will pass and so I just waited if my score got higher. And yes, I was not wrong. I passed the CMA examination-Part 1 and even got a higher score than what I got in the CMA examination-Part 2. Unofficially, I am now a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), since I will still have to earn my two-year work experience to complete the requirements of the CMA Program.

But still, I nailed it!

So, my advice to those who are planning to take up the CMA: Do not take the exam for granted or with much ease! Yes, it is not an easy exam but with the proper preparation, you can also become a CMA. Keep in mind, nothing worth having comes easy. Also, remember that you reap what you sow. If you study hard, of course you will pass the exam. Preparing for the exam needs time commitment and discipline. You may have to sacrifice, avoiding watching your favorite series, partying, or going out with your friends, for short-term for long-term gain. People have different ways of learning, so it is better that you get to know yourself more, find the study habit that is effective for you and stick to that.

I would not be a CMA today if it were not for those people who believed in me. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to my professors, instructors, friends and colleagues for the guidance and support. Also, thank you to Insights Financial Reviews for making our dreams possible and to Sir Angel for patiently pushing us forward to reach our goal. To my family, thank you for all the support and for the strong belief that I can do it. Above all, I thank God for blessing me with wisdom and knowledge and for strengthening me to achieve, conquer and surpass.


The author, Leah V. Bolinao, was a B.S. in Management Accounting graduate from the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in April, 2014. She belonged to the first batch of CMAs of DLSU-D. Currently, she is working as a Cost Accounting clerk of a packaging company located at First Cavite Industrial Estate in Dasmariñas City.

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