People recently shared some of their memorable CPA Exam experiences with The Journal of Accountancy. Their memories sparked those of our own President, Phil Yaeger, who unexpectedly sat for the CPA exam in close proximity to a elephant.
How did this happen? Well, when Phil was taking the CPA Exam, many of the testing locations around the country were at convention centers, fairgrounds, and civic centers. Being in Baltimore meant taking his exams at the Baltimore Civic Center. The time he signed up to take the exam just happened to coincide with the circus coming to town. For Phil, this meant walking into one of the biggest tests of your life and being greeting with the sounds and smells of elephants right next door! Imagine sitting and focusing with one of the most distracting events in the world going on while you do your best to shape your future.
There are multiple instances of these distracting events from the location of the CPA Exam, to current events, and even other life changing factors happening at the same time.