CERTIFIED: Setting the example

Written on Feb 15, 2018

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

Certified follows a group of aspiring CPAs on their journey to prepare for and take the CPA exam. This is part one of Kimberly Price’s story, starting in August 2016. Read more here.

Like many accountants, a fondness for math and numbers led Kimberly Price, MBA, to the profession. She thought accounting might fit well with her interests, so in high school Price shadowed an Ohio Dominican University (ODU) student. That experience solidified the choice: her career would be accounting.

As the oldest child in a family with four other siblings, she’s comfortable forging her own path, including making the choice to enter the Navy reserves when she was 18 years old.

Kimberly Price“My mom was not so thrilled that I decided to do it without talking to her first, but I think she’s proud of me for everything I’ve accomplished,” she said. “It was one of the most trying experiences in my life but also one of the best.”

She signed her contract in 2007 and attended ODU as an incoming freshman for a year before heading to boot camp. Price deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010 for eight months in the construction arm of the Navy, the Seabees.

Although joining the military was a decision she made as a young adult, Price grew up knowing she wanted to “do good for as many people as I could in my life.” Growing up in Marion she became accustomed to setting an example for her younger siblings so “doing good” was an instinct.

After Afghanistan she returned to the U.S. to finish her undergrad degree and completed an internship with Clark Schaefer Hackett (CSH) her senior year. She now works for CSH as an auditor and staff II, and is working on her next challenge: earning her CPA.

“Once I made the decision that I wanted to be an accountant, I started looking into the best way to go about it,” she said. “I decided quickly that the CPA is something I wanted, so I had options instead of being stuck in certain positions.”

But the path to those three letters – like anything worth having – is not an easy one. Price has already taken the Audit (AUD) section and failed, and she’s not alone. According to the AICPA, in 2016 AUD had a cumulative passing score of 45.86%. Price is now waiting to hear her score from taking AUD for the second time.

As she waits for those results, she’s begun studying for the Business Environmental Concepts (BEC) section. She studies a couple hours every night, but making time has been challenging lately because she and her husband are selling their Reynoldsburg home.

Waiting for test results can be just as stressful as studying, but for now, Price’s focus is on BEC while she keeps AUD in the back of her mind.

Next time: The results of AUD

The Certified series is sponsored by MDS CPA Review and Yaeger CPA Review.

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