Brain Implosion

My life is about moving from one obsession to another.

I am becoming recently obsessed about the preparation for CFA exam Level 1 that's coming up in exactly 6 days. I have planned well for it. I started studying since December last year. Considering that I have to read through 6 books where each book averages around 450 pages, you can understand why the CFA Institute recommends at least 250 hours of study.

The problem that you face with such exams is that as soon as you finish reading the material in book 6, you find yourself that you forgot what was in book 1 and book 2 and you tend to go back and forth. With the financial background that I have built over time, my main problem is not with complexity as much as it is with the gigantic volume that you have to absorb.

What strains my brain more is the fact that I am studying while having a full time job. So you can imagine my schedule these days as I come back from work at 5 p.m. Eat and rest till 6 p.m. and then I study for another 4 hours before I head to bed. That was my routine for the last 2 months.

consequences...? well, I am setting a new standard for nerdiness and suffering from the aftermath of "overstudying". As I am practicing more questions from the QBank available Schweser study material (over 4266 questions that I feel I am obliged to, my performance is sloping downwards (wow, I am using mathmatical terms now) as I am overthinking questions and arriving to wrong answers where the right answer is simple and just in front of my eyes.

Despite all of that, I am trying not to let this shake my self-confidence. So far I've did well and managed to celebrate my birthday that was few days ago CFA-free. A brazilian lunch featuring grilled meat served on swords, and having a 'facial' (LOL) were few of the things I did to make it a bit special.

Few weeks ago, I received the following from the CFA institute. It was a considerate move from them that left a smile on my face. I tend to consider this the best birthday gift I got. I will leave them for you to see and enjoy


KJ said...

Omg this is worse than a-levels.

Imagine after all this, you fail looool... You will say kam game kont khallaset in that time looool

eshda3wa said...

inshallah allah maythay3 ta3abik and u pass

Curly Curls said...

beltawfeeg inshalla :)

Anonymous said...

Eh happy birthday Hamza afandi !! ma fee cake or ice cream or 2atayef lool
So you treated yourself to a facial and a brazilian lunch..? no shoes or clothes :D

yalla, good luck w yen3ad 3leik bel so7a w salameh :)

asoom said...

Haven taken the MCAT, I can totally relate to what you're going through. It literally becomes your life and you revolve everything around preparing for the exam.

I learned that a huge factor contributing to success with these types of exams is CONFIDENCE!!!! Go in there like you know you're going to own it.

Allah ma3ak, I'm sure you'll be ok.

Lana said...

7azeeennn, I hope you did well, actually i know u did well nshalah :) but the pictures they sent are so funny and sweet..