Holiday shopping is in full swing. Secret bundles under the bed, shipping notices for things in process, and my tattered list full of cross-outs and revisions. The last thing I expect is a package at work addressed to me. It is ominously large and not a candy assortment from a vendor. Now I remember that somehow, in a pre-caffeine fog, I agreed to prepare for another professional exam, and these are the study materials. Oof – not how I envisioned my holidays.
I have less than a month to complete my first review of the content of this thick book (curiously, they only number the pages within each chapter, but not cumulatively – I guess to stave off intimidation), and I’m scheduled to attend a review class the first week of January. So that means that I’m devoting all the remaining days of December to study. Just when I thought I might spend weekends shopping or decorating, I foresee that I’ll have a highlighter gripped in my hand most days and nights.
Thinking back to college, this would be the time of year we were all studying for finals with no time to even think about the holidays until that last exam was complete. Arriving home on the 18th of the month seemed to leave plenty of time to get it all together. So maybe that’s the trick, to put myself in a college mindset, knowing that I’ll spend multiple hours each day head down in the book. For realism, I should go to the main library after work and sit in the stacks till they close.
Instead of carols or sugar plums, my head will be filled with
Twelve Investor Profiles
Eleven Customer Communications
Nine Variable Products
Six Account Disclosures
Five Market Analyses
Four Margin Calls
Three Debt Types
Two Clearing Brokers
and a Practice Test in a Pear Tree!
I think I’ll wear my ugly Christmas sweater the whole time.