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Hard Work Pays Off

by Nikki Wells, CPA | Aug 03, 2011

Numbers have always been my thing. What’s not to love about multiplication tables?  I love numbers so much that I often find myself adding up the numbers on license plates as I’m driving around town. I knew from a young age that I would purse a career involving numbers. I started kindergarten a year early and graduated from high school a year early so I eager to get my career on track.

It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I decided the career path for me was to become a CPA. I switched jobs my senior year from being a nanny to working with a CPA as an office assistant because, well…changing diapers and making the best grilled cheese this side of the Mississippi wasn’t exactly good job experience to put down on a resume. I absolutely loved the work I was doing at the CPA office and made plans to make it my profession.

I graduated with my BA in Economics and moved from Las Vegas to Hoquiam, WA after I was tricked into thinking that the sun actually existed in the Great North West.  Once I was here, I found a full time job at a local CPA firm and started my path to obtain my CPA license.  I enrolled with an online MBA program to finish my education.  Hoping I could get some help to pay for the expensive education costs, I applied for a scholarship from the WSCPA. I was picked to receive a $1,000 scholarship!

After I received my MBA degree in 2009, I immediately started to study for the CPA exam.  I am happy to say that I have passed all of the exams and literally received my license number earlier this afternoon.  I am with the same CPA firm that I started with in Washington and love where I am at. 

I would like to thank all of the WSCPA personnel who believed in me and gave me an opportunity.  Numbers have always been my thing and now I can enjoy them everyday of my life. 

Nikki is a recipient of a Washington CPA Foundation scholarship.  Please consider supporting the education of future CPAs by contributing to the Foundation today.

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