Feel like I am going back to being a failure?

When I was young I was diagnosed with Dyslexia, ADHD and aspergers. I had to go to special ed classes and got held back in the 1st grade. I failed classes in the 8th grade(math and English) I just got by with Bs and Cs in H.S. Many teachers thought I would not make it to college, but I still got accepted into an average ranked public university. I just graduated with degrees in accounting degree and management(3.2 overall GPA) which is good. I tried to find a full time job, but I could not so I took a job as a part-time teller. I spoke to my acct. director about getting into the acct. masters program so that I can get the credits to get CPA certified and he told me to retake 2 classes that I got Cs in and Get As or at least Bs in them so that I can get into their masters program. Long story short, I am currently retaking those courses and I used to work as a teller. However, I was fired as a teller. They told me that I did not speak well and did not follow directions. I forgot how to make a money order so my supervisor scolded me before I got fired. Sometimes I counted too slowly or made errors. With this firing and due to the fact that I could not find full time work after my undergrad, I feel like I am sliding back to the days when I used to fail classes and the days when teachers got frustrated at me for not following directions. I just hope to god now that I can get into my acct. masters program hope that I can ace those 2 acct. classes. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Sam Spayed

1. Don't "hope" you can ace the two accounting classes; just ace them. You know you can do it, especially now that you're not working. So do it. 2. If your GPA is 3.2, you'll get into a decent pre-CPA Master's degree program somewhere. Perhaps not your first choice of schools, but you should be able to make it in some program or another. 3. If not, you don't actually need to get into an accounting Master's program to be eligible for the CPA exam. You just need an additional 30 credits of accounting and business classes. If you aren't offered admissions, just take the same classes as a non-matriculating (non-degree) student. You might be limited as to the number of credits you can take; if so, just re-apply after you've taken the limit; or go to a combination of different universities to get the number of classes you need to sit for the CPA exam. 4. All that said, if you make mistakes as a bank teller and can't follow directions in a high school class, how do you expect to handle a job as a CPA? You can't go around making mistakes on people's taxes. You need to have a plan of action to develop your skill set for the job; are you working with a counselor? 5. Failing at something doesn't make you "a failure." I didn't have the grades to get into medical school, but I ended up going to a top law school and becoming a successful attorney. Think of baseball as a metaphor for life: the very best, hall-of-fame hitters succeeds in hitting the ball at most four out of ten attempts. That's a 60% "failure" rate, and these are the very best in the field! Most players are quite happy with a .3 batting average (a 70% failure rate).

Anonymous: I feel your pain, but with one bonus

I feel your pain, but with one bonus: I hate being called stupid. I get that a lot, and it's usually from people with a lower gpa, lol. Here's the thing: Dolphins don't fly very well. But at other things, they're freaking awesome. You got fired from a job that required you to fly. It stings, but that isn't something you naturally do well at. Ace them courses. May I suggest asking Sts Jos Cupertino and Thos Aquinas for intercession. By the way, I graduated high school in '74 with totally mediocre grades and got wrote off by everybody. I graduated college in '11 after 4-years on the Dean's List.


I would encourage you to see a learning challenges specialist or a psychiatrist who specializes in your specific issues. If you aren't getting support and, if needed medication) for this unique combination of issues, then you aren't giving yourself every possible advantage. Focus on your course work and get the grades you need to get so you can move forward. Becoming a CPA is incredibly difficult. You also need to accept that your challenges are probably going to hold you back from customer-facing jobs. That doesn't mean you aren't smart or capable. It just means that your strengths are going to be working behind the scenes in jobs where you aren't dealing with customers or under a lot of pressure. Believe in yourself.


Sam gives some good answers. Get therapy to deal with your aspergers. You can get help on how to deal with the public. Following directions seems to be a life long issue. You need to address this and get help.

Pearl L

i dont think youre a failure and you shouldnt think of yourself as one either