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how has CFA prep affected your personal lives.

Am taking level 3 in june 2009.

I gained 10 kilos during the course of my CFA prep.
Was very difficult to manage, work, gym, CFA prep and my girl friend.
had to quit the gym in march. My girl friend though was very supportive :)

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I lost 5 kilos. Met some new friends from the prep courses. Still kept up my hobbies.

I haven’t gained any weight, but I also haven’t gained many friends over the past couple years. Really only have had time to occasionally hang out with best friends and immediate family.

It’s been almost three weeks now since Mark took the CFA exam, with three, perfectly actionable weekends in between. Most other guys partied their faces off after the exams, but for some reason, Mark still hasn’t really gone out. He just sits on the sofa in those unwashed mesh shorts, staring off into space. He’s a shell, a shadow of who he once was. It’s as if something inside of him has died.

“What the f***, man?” I’ll ask with a practiced, artificial tone I like to call “emotion.”

Mark takes a moment to respond, but finally lets out: “It’s gone…”

After I ask what he means, he beats his fist against his chest and explains what has escaped him: “The fire.”

Huh???

engineer2finance Wrote:
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> It’s been almost three weeks now since Mark took
> the CFA exam, with three, perfectly actionable
> weekends in between. Most other guys partied their
> faces off after the exams, but for some reason,
> Mark still hasn’t really gone out. He just sits on
> the sofa in those unwashed mesh shorts, staring
> off into space. He’s a shell, a shadow of who he
> once was. It’s as if something inside of him has
> died.
>
> “What the f***, man?” I’ll ask with a practiced,
> artificial tone I like to call “emotion.”
>
> Mark takes a moment to respond, but finally lets
> out: “It’s gone…”
>
> After I ask what he means, he beats his fist
> against his chest and explains what has escaped
> him: “The fire.”

+1

I laughed ‘til I cried. Probably the best article on that entire site.

I have no personal life. When I go out people barely recognize me. Pretty sad actually

MP Noonan

my friends, or old friends, all hate me now that I never come home. Sad state of affairs.

I don’t know, things are back to fine for me now. Yeah, there was a really really hard time over the past year for Dec. LI and June LII, but that’s done now, and I’m back in the good times. If anything, I appreciate it all just that much more. I love the time with my friends, yeah, I’m surely carrying reminiscent callouses as a result of the stress, but the ability of people to recover from hardship is astounding and to be honest, I don’t understand how you people are still moping around posting this crap right now. If you lack a social life at this point in the year, you cannot scapegoat it on CFA, go out and live your life man.

#FreeCVM #FreeTurd #2007-2017

I was a pretty late starter for LII, so spent pretty much all my spare time studying during the last two months. My girlfriend was very supportive but definitely had no time to go the gym. After LII I was totally out of shape, gained over 10 lbs, though i fortunately passed.

Recently, I work out almost everyday, since i know what’s going to happen next spring before LIII.

engineer2finance Wrote:
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> It’s been almost three weeks now since Mark took
> the CFA exam, with three, perfectly actionable
> weekends in between. Most other guys partied their
> faces off after the exams, but for some reason,
> Mark still hasn’t really gone out. He just sits on
> the sofa in those unwashed mesh shorts, staring
> off into space. He’s a shell, a shadow of who he
> once was. It’s as if something inside of him has
> died.
>
> “What the f***, man?” I’ll ask with a practiced,
> artificial tone I like to call “emotion.”
>
> Mark takes a moment to respond, but finally lets
> out: “It’s gone…”
>
> After I ask what he means, he beats his fist
> against his chest and explains what has escaped
> him: “The fire.”

was that blog really true or exaggeration?

I beleive thats a story…….most of the blogs by LSO are not 100% true…off course he touches the topics very well but in a bit more exaggerated and dramatic manner…..and that is the reason why they are interesting to read….

“how has CFA prep affected your personal lives.”

I may have more friends on AF than in real life. AF friends are great, but the fact that my “virtual” friends may outnumber my real ones is a little disturbing.

You want a quote?  Haven’t I written enough already???

I’ve had a great time watching my daughter grow up over the last couple of months. She was born right after I got Level 1 results from December, and so she was brand new while the bulk of my studying was going on for L2. I still made time to be with her every night and studied while she slept, but I think I neglected my wife a bit in the process, not conciously, but out of necessity I guess. After the dust settled following the exam, it has been great just getting to go home at a reasonable hour, play with my little girl, sit down and eat dinner with my wife, etc. I agree with Swan that I still have some lingering stress effects and it definitly took me a few weeks to get things back on track with my wife. I didn’t really realize how much I affected her during those last few months, but looking back now, I was just a ball of stress all the time and there was no way for me to give her the attention she needed, plus she was dog tired all the time. Its a blessing that I passed the 1st time because I think she realizes that I went balls out and made the most of that time, and she has a newfound understanding for just how difficult these exams are.

At the end of the day though, its just a test and everyone should move on, pass or fail, and enjoy life. In the future, when I hopefully have my charter, I seriously doubt I am going to remember how miserable I was as all that will fade, but I am damn sure going to remember seeing my little girl roll over for the first time.

Good question!!

I believe I lost two friends just because I have been devoting most of my time in Barnes and Nobles, and Starbucks, instead of hanging out in pubs with them…………

Sad?? Should not be, as we are striving for the best and we can definitely find some true friends who would rather support us.
But, I really started concerning my social skills after these two years…….

I got divorced, lost most of my friends along with my house and my car and became addicted to crack cocaine.

budfox427 Wrote:
> At the end of the day though, its just a test and
> everyone should move on, pass or fail, and enjoy
> life. In the future, when I hopefully have my
> charter, I seriously doubt I am going to remember
> how miserable I was as all that will fade, but I
> am damn sure going to remember seeing my little
> girl roll over for the first time.

So true …

It has only made me better at multi tasking, a skill i knew nothing about before i started CFA studies……… i think i havnt lost any thing because of my CFA studies, my friends respect me more for my discipline and for excersing self control during my prep days……and then we party hard after exams……and i keep calling them when i am taking a mid break in my prep days( no one can study 24 hours a day) ……in fact i am much more regular at gym during last 2 months before exams than the rest of the year……………..so i think i havnt lost anyhting on personal level

Wow I saw this thread and thought it was May 2009 already.

Isn’t 70% of AF still in the “don’t start studying yet” mood right now?

mook Wrote:
> Isn’t 70% of AF still in the “don’t start studying
> yet” mood right now?

I don’t feel like I’m studying. I’m enjoying reading about behavior finance.

shuaps Wrote:
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> It has only made me better at multi tasking, a
> skill i knew nothing about before i started CFA
> studies……… i think i havnt lost any thing
> because of my CFA studies, my friends respect me
> more for my discipline and for excersing self
> control during my prep days……and then we party
> hard after exams……and i keep calling them when
> i am taking a mid break in my prep days( no one
> can study 24 hours a day) ……in fact i am much
> more regular at gym during last 2 months before
> exams than the rest of the year……………..so
> i think i havnt lost anyhting on personal level

Yeah, good point - despite having lost my wife, most of my friends, my house and my car and becoming addicted to crack cocaine, I am a little better at multitasking.

maratikus Wrote:
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> mook Wrote:
> > Isn’t 70% of AF still in the “don’t start
> studying
> > yet” mood right now?
>
> I don’t feel like I’m studying. I’m enjoying
> reading about behavior finance.

Agreed. I’m reading c10 pages of SS3 a day and its actually enjoyable (very unlike the usual CFAI textbook MO).

Black Swan Wrote:
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> I don’t know, things are back to fine for me now.
> Yeah, there was a really really hard time over the
> past year for Dec. LI and June LII, but that’s
> done now, and I’m back in the good times. If
> anything, I appreciate it all just that much more.
> I love the time with my friends, yeah, I’m surely
> carrying reminiscent callouses as a result of the
> stress, but the ability of people to recover from
> hardship is astounding and to be honest, I don’t
> understand how you people are still moping around
> posting this crap right now. If you lack a social
> life at this point in the year, you cannot
> scapegoat it on CFA, go out and live your life
> man.

I agree with this completely. Having spent so much time locked in the library in the spring, I really appreciated the value of free time more than ever before and really made sure I took advantage of it. I ended up doing a ton of traveling, got in really good shape, visited a bunch of friends/family and had an overall great summer. I plan on staying active and taking advantage of free time as much as possible before I start the hardcore studying again in 09.

What’s this thing called ‘life’ you all talk about? Is it for sale? Where? Sounds quite good.

McPass, CFA

Who cares about friends now, get your charter first and get rich. Friends will be buzzing all around you then….yeah I heard all crap that money does not buys friendship, it does buy poeple’s time and respect…

THE GREATEST FRIEND YOU CAN FIND IS YOUR CFA STUDY NOTES WHILE YOU ARE POOR…..

“GET RICH OR DIE TRYING” PLAYER!

engineer2finance Wrote:
——————————————————-
> It’s been almost three weeks now since Mark took
> the CFA exam, with three, perfectly actionable
> weekends in between. Most other guys partied their
> faces off after the exams, but for some reason,
> Mark still hasn’t really gone out. He just sits on
> the sofa in those unwashed mesh shorts, staring
> off into space. He’s a shell, a shadow of who he
> once was. It’s as if something inside of him has
> died.
>
> “What the f***, man?” I’ll ask with a practiced,
> artificial tone I like to call “emotion.”
>
> Mark takes a moment to respond, but finally lets
> out: “It’s gone…”
>
> After I ask what he means, he beats his fist
> against his chest and explains what has escaped
> him: “The fire.”

Brilliant man! you should have majored in arts…
I could imagine myself if did not pass.

well for me clearing all three levels of CFA meant losing a 3 year relationship, I have developed an phobia of having a crowd around me, I am soo used to studying all alone in the library. I hardly have any friends left now, now the only thing good is my job which pays me well and lots of free time in which I just hang out on AF board.
Seriously considering either an FRM ( had bought the notes to read, but ended up deferring it to the next year) or CAIA next march ,I have doubts that pursuing these courses are not a solution to my problem, I just do not know what do to , its like i have forgotten how to socialize.

Well I guess getting through the CFA program for an average person like me has some serious repercussions

equity_research_nds, CFA

Dude that’s sad.

If I’d have to give anything like that up I’d say f*ck CFA I’m going to screw my chick.

Does this thing really cost you all so much? I find it quite possible to study a few hours a week for a month or four and take two weeks off before the exam to put it all together. Most of my friends don’t even know CFA can be time consuming, in fact they don’t even know exactly what the program is for.

lostafew”friends” but gained nw ones during the process, had to let go of my long distance running passion for the time of the exam preparation and was known for constantly bad humour
this being said I still managed to meet Mr Right between L1&2 and we got married six weeks after L2, he was very supportive but incredible impatient in the end

Mrs Bambi, CFA

Less sex and not as delicious food.
But with sacrifice comes reward.
I expect the sex and deliciousness meters to drop drastically starting March 2009 but double after passing L3 in June. That is my investment thesis – any takers?

MattLikesAnalysis Wrote:
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> Less sex and not as delicious food.
> But with sacrifice comes reward.
> I expect the sex and deliciousness meters to drop
> drastically starting March 2009 but double after
> passing L3 in June. That is my investment thesis
> – any takers?

Ditto
Sex < CFA study
Fun < CFA study
Social life < CFA study
Beer consumption < CFA study
Happiness < CFA study