CMA Entrance Exam

Today, Ailish was scheduled to write the CMA Entrance Exam.

Last year, she decided that she really needed more education to progress at the City of Edmonton. She had advanced quickly through the ranks there, but her Bachelor of Commerce degree would only take her so far. Ailish loved the whole strategic management part of her job, so the CMA seemed like a good fit.

It didn’t matter that she already had a busy life. It didn’t matter that she worked long hours, that she often went out for dinner with friends, that she preferred sleeping in on weekends. CMA was for her.

So began an eight month prerequisites course. Classes all day on Saturday, weekly quizzes, regular assignments and exams. And somehow, she was able to fit it in without compromising the rest of her life. Friday night dates were still on.

Ailish finished the prerequisite course earlier this year and did well on the final exam. She was attending weekly entrance exam prep classes to get ready for today. I have absolutely no doubt that she’d have done well on the entrance exam as well, and then there would have been two more years of classes, quizzes, assignments, and exams before she would have become a Certified Management Accountant.

When she set her mind to a task, she wouldn’t let anything stop her. It didn’t matter if it was the CMA program. Or running a half marathon. Or moving in with me. Whatever. Ailish made me so proud.

June 14th, 2011 9:57 PM

Her dedication is an inspiration to me: especially her dedication to keep *balance* in her life. This is something I really, really need to learn.

Judi Hale
June 15th, 2011 8:47 AM

Ailish was a such joy to be around because however busy she was she had that magical ability to always make a person feel special. I so enjoyed her company. I loved her dearly and I’m very proud to have been able to call her my daughter in law.

June 17th, 2011 12:17 PM

This reminds me of her going surfing off the Oregan coast with her cousin Paul Purcell. She couldn’t let lack of wet suits in frigid waters stop her determination to surf especially if Paul could do it. They probably fed on each others competitive nature and ended up in quite a state of hypothermia. I remember trying to hug her warm in a holiday trailer while she seemed disoriented. And for Ailish of course it was all well worth the trouble.

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