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Introducing Women in Accounting: Kaylyn Rolle

How many women in accounting have you met during this past year, the time of virtual commitments of Zoom meetings?

You might not have met any other women in finance. Or, you may have had your fair share of virtual lunch and learns or wine tastings.

Now that we're nearing the end of 2020, get ready to add one more Lady Boss to your list.

But, before we get into it: who is Kaylyn Rolle?

Kaylyn sits down a big smile, looking at the camera with her body facing the left side of the frame. She has shoulder length burgundy hair and is wearing a long sleeve black and floral dress. She's wearing a white satin sash and is holding gold letter balloons that spell out CPA.
Introducing Kaylyn Rolle, an accounting professional, client service associate, and now—a CPA! Photo via Kaylyn Rolle

Kaylyn Rolle is an accounting professional with over 13 years of experience in accounting, a Client Service Associate at Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, a graduate from the University of The Bahamas—and, as of just a few weeks ago, a licensed CPA.

Kaylyn has been tracking her years-long journey obtaining her CPA license on Instagram—follow her!—so The Lady CPA Network decided to sit down and chat with her about her experience studying for the CPA exam, her journey as a woman in accounting, and what she’s learned.

When did you decide to pursue a CPA certification?

"I decided I wanted to become a CPA somewhere between graduating high school and beginning college. As much as I hated not being able to get my balance sheet or trial balance balanced in high school, I enjoyed the process of figuring it out—I believe this is what sparked my desire to further pursue forensic accounting. I’m not necessarily a numbers person, but for me, accounting fulfilled me in a way that the other subjects in school didn’t.

And because of that, I decided to pursue one of the highest designations in accounting.

Once I began my Bachelor’s degree, I’d already had my career life planned out. At least I thought I did! I knew I wanted to take the path of becoming a CPA and working in a Big 4 accounting firm. I’d already decided what state I wanted to be licensed under, which firm I wanted to work at, and I started taking the steps to make it happen.

I chose to become a CPA because it covers every aspect of accounting and isn’t just focused on one area. It would open me up to a vast array of opportunities.

I remember coming across Matthew 24:13; I liked how it sounded, and I connected with it for some reason, not knowing it would represent the journey I was beginning."

Tell us about your journey studying for the exam.

"Preparing for the CPA exam was not the smooth process I thought it would be. I thought studying for the CPA exam would be easier than college but it turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster for me!

This is where Matthew 24:13 was tested in me.

In total, I bought 28 NTS and I think I used 25 of them sitting an exam. I started the exam in 2016 and got my first pass in the summer of 2017. Fast forward to 2019, and I lost both REG and BEC credits because FAR and AUD gave me such a hard time.

I took REG seven times and passed twice. BEC six times and passed twice. AUD six times and passed once. FAR seven times and passed once."

Which section was most difficult for you? The easiest?

"AUD was the most difficult for me to study because it requires a certain mindset. There’s no alternative or “common sense” way to audit. I always answered with the opposite of the correct response!

No section really felt easy, but REG became my most liked/preferred section. Also, the most interesting for me to study."