Ad Astra per Aspera

After over a year, I’m back! 2016 has been my best year so far. I’m already a CPA and whatttttt? Here’s to another chapter of my life. I’m excited. Well, that was an understatement. Earlier I was in the middle of writing a brief speech for our testimonial lunch at school, but it turned out to be kind of a long post for my blog, but this time, I really don’t care if I babble too much. I’m just happy. I still have so much to say but I know if I do that, I won’t finish. I have a long list of people to say thank you to, and so here it goes.

I have always imagined myself delivering this speech as a new CPA. It was actually one of my ways to feel motivated whenever I was having a hard time dealing with Accounting during my undergrad and review, but now that I am finally here, I didn’t know this would be this awkward. Unlike others, I wasn’t one of those who took this course because their families pressured them to do so, but because I have always wanted to be a CPA. The high school I studied at were one of those few who have Accounting as their electives, and maybe that was actually the start of it. And now, I still I can’t believe that I am here, and that I’m already a CPA.

I wasn’t one of those super smart students during undergrad. I was just ordinary, barely passing my Accounting subjects, but still not neglecting my duties in extra-curricular orgs that I was part of. Of course, it was difficult, but it was possible, and I think that’s what matters.

Review was definitely the most challenging, but somehow the most rewarding experience as well. I started and finished review feeling excited about everything. I gained a few but real friends from CRC, and aside from all the Accounting-related stuff I learned from my reviewers, whom I consider my family there, surely meeting and being friends with new people is something that I’m really grateful for.

As for the advice on passing the board, well I’ve got a few.

Mindset is half the battle. Always be positive. Believe in yourself, no matter how cliché that might sound. Don’t let your failures keep you from getting those three letters. If you think that you’re not smart enough, that you’re not ready to take the board yet, well, everyone else is feeling the same way. You have to remind yourself that it’s okay if you’re struggling. It’s okay to complain once in a while, to cry when you’re feeling down. At least you are being reminded of how much you want your dreams to come true. But please be reminded as well that dwelling on something that is negative will get you nowhere.

Analyze. Don’t familiarize. I know you’ve heard that a lot of times already, but still, focus on the concepts. It would be better if you solve a lot of problems as well and try to analyze why it was solved that way. It saves you a lot of time, because four months of review is not enough to answer all your handouts, your friends’ handouts, and your books. You’re lucky enough that you finish your own.

Trust your review school. They know what’s best and they’ve been conducting reviews for so many years and just trust them to help you. Don’t take your classes and pre-boards for granted. You’ll know their worth once you’re taking the actual board exam, and you’ll feel thankful for all the times you were present in class.

Great things take time. Just because you didn’t graduate on time, or you had to leave your first school for some reasons, it doesn’t make you less of a person you are. Sometimes, it’s God’s way of saying that He has something better in store for us. Maybe He wants us to develop a better attitude while at the same time working even harder for what we believe in. All I know is that we deserve something more than instant gratification, and that we are not what happened to us. We are what we choose to become.

Don’t forget to pray. Always start and finish everything with a sincere prayer. Thank Him for every single blessing that He gives you. If you’re tired and you’re starting to doubt yourself and what you’re capable of, just leave it all to Him and you’ll feel better. But mostly, don’t forget to thank Him whenever your prayers are being answered. Just do your best and if God sees that you badly want it, and that you’re doing your best, I don’t see why not he will not give it to you now or maybe sometime later. Don’t be afraid because in the end, it’s not between you and BOA. It’s between you and God anyway.

Remember that there’s always something to be thankful for. Sometimes it gets to a point where you just want to give everything up. You start to think, “is this really for me?”, “why didn’t I just take the easier path?”, but then remember that you’re doing this not because you badly want it, but also because there are people who struggle as much as you do, just to try to support you all the way, and I’m referring to your family and friends. Whenever you feel like you’re not smart enough and you doubt yourself, remember those people who continuously push you to fight and believe.

So I want to thank these people:

To my high school Accounting teacher, Sir Cyr, Fundac1 wouldn’t have been easy if not because of you. It’s sad that you didn’t even get to see us become CPAs. I hope we made you proud.

To SBCA, especially Miss Rowena Carpio and Atty. Alvarez, thank you for making me appreciate Accounting and Law even more.

To LCCM, thank you for accepting me despite the circumstances. I will be forever grateful for that. I had a great time in this school, not to mention how you welcome me and other transferees like family. Thank you.

To our Accrev reviewers, thank you for the training. Thank you for always reminding us not to take Accrev for granted, and how it would help us during the formal review. It was indeed a huge help.

To Sir Ardhee and Sir Dennis, I’m not sure if they remember me, or if they even know me. Still, I want to thank them for being so kind when I first entered La Co. If not because of Sir Ardhee, I would have spent my first semester here enrolled in just one class, and that was NSTP.

To Dean Bravo, for being ever-supportive of everyone in this school.

To Marj, John, Shine, and Jean, thank you.

To my friends in San Beda, I miss you and I hope we can hang out soon. I can’t wait for the day when we’re all CPAs and we’re going to prove Papa V wrong.

To my CRC-Ace family, reviewers and staff, thank you for everything. To Atty. Sagana, Sir Roel, Sir Jekkel, Sir Mike, Sir Mark and Miss Jacqui, sobrang gagaling niyo po. Nakaka-inspire. As in. I’ve actually got a LOOOOOOT to say, but hindi ako matatapos if I do. There was never a day that I was not excited to go to class because you made us feel like we’re just studying at home. You made us feel like we’re part of a family.

To Makii and Avie, you two were part of the reasons why I was always excited to go to class. I thank God for blessing me with people like you. This might sound cheesy, but I really do feel like I must have done something good in the past to be receiving such kindness from strangers. Lmao. You guys are always In my prayers. I’m going to miss you both.

To Room 309/601, Lorie, Cathy, Juvy and Rachelle, I am beyond thankful for the memories we’ve made. I can’t imagine my review without the surprise celebrations, the stolen shots, pop quizzes at 2 in the morning, the non-stop chikka and videoke sesh after pre-boards, thank you, for being my sisters by prescription.

To Mon/Mars, I remember being all alone in AdvAcc3 and had no one to work with, and you walked up to me like we’ve always been friends. Lol. Sorry if at first I didn’t talk to you comfortably. Thanks for being my AdvAcc BFF and I appreciate your support all throughout my review, even up to now.

To my Fangirls family, thank you for always being on the sidelines, for being my cheering squad, for understanding if I was always MIA for the past months. I miss you, ladies, so much.

To Majoy, Lester, Ellaine, Zia and Ate Joan, you believed in me more than I believed in myself. Thank you for always reminding me not to be too serious about everything and telling me straight that I’m being paranoid.

To Chelsea, from SMS, to Beda, and now here, you’ve always been really supportive. Here’s to almost eight years of friendship. You’ll be the one standing here next time.

To my best friend, Tina, thank you for always putting up with me. God knows how grateful I am for our friendship. I’m happy that we both passed the exam now and we’ll get to see each other during the oath-taking.

To my family, especially to Mama, for being my role model. I wish I could be half the person that you are. You’re selfless, loving and tough. You inspire me so much. To my Ate Ann, for always, always, wanting what’s best for our family, especially for me and Say. Thank you.

And lastly, to God, without Him, I’d be nowhere near the person I am — and the person I’m still working on becoming. I don’t think I’ll be able to express my gratification in such a way that is enough, but I think this is a good start. I owe you one. You’re the best.

Ad astra per aspera, like, really.

“There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. Afraid. Confused. Without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course, when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. But once in a while people push on to something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. And just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. Or to give someone a second chance. Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream. Because it’s only when you’re tested, that you truly discover who you are. And it’s only when you’re tested, that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist. Somewhere on the other side of hard work and faith and belief… and beyond the heartache and fear of what lies ahead.”

–Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill