CIA #3 is the hardest

Toronto, 2013.07.27

I take back what I said about CIA #2 being difficult. For an IT fellow and dabbler in entrepreneurship, CIA #3, with its heavy emphasis on accounting, economics, and finance, is vastly harder. In fact today I managed to completely burn out early on a practice quiz, getting only 1 out of six 6 right before pulling the plug in a funk.

Then I turned to some audit reading that happened to be about financial reporting shenanigans that are now common practice. And I was heartened to realize that I understood the article, and that just 3-4 months ago I probably wouldn't have. So, it may be a ridiculous way to cram half an MBA's worth of material into a year, but I seem to be picking up a lot of stuff.

Also heartening; I spent half the day sleeping or dozing while tending to Emma, and felt much, much better afterward. In the morning I completed the quiz and wound up getting 18 out of 30. Still nowhere near good enough, but a long way from 1 out of 6. Subtracting my first exhausted flub, it was actually 17 out of 24, or 71%. And given that I'd cut out the three IT chapters that will be on the quiz because I was averaging 87% on those and effectively wasting my time, I can blend my results and hopefully be within striking distance of a passing grade. 71% x 0.7 + 87% x 0.3 = 76%, and I need an 80% to pass.

rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

-Bertrand Russell