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LOR Worries...

I just got back from my first interview and I felt that it went good, and I am leaving for another one tomorrow. I will talk more about these later, but I wanted to talk briefly about all of the worries people are having regarding their LORs. I know a lot of people say that the LOR is one of the most important parts of the application, and that without them it is hopeless. While that may be true for some programs at some schools, I can tell you that it is definitely not the case everywhere.

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Enjoy This Time

I know it seems like a hard thing to do considering the stress involved, but I really feel like all of us should be enjoying this process we are all going through together. Applying to PhD programs is something only a few people do and it is something you (hopefully) only do once. We have people on this board who will interview and attend the most prestigious schools in the world. We are some of the most intelligent people in the world. We all enjoy learning and research and everything else

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Tom Petty was right...

The waiting is definitely the hardest part. As much as I struggled with the SOP, the GMAT, and wrangling my LORs, right now is definitely the hardest part of the entire process. It got really bad yesterday when my e-mail went down for a couple of hours and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. This morning I finally realized that there probably weren't any professors looking at my application materials over Christmas, so I probably didn't need to check my e-mail every ten minutes unti

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I do not have time to worry...

I have started to feel bad seeing how much everyone is worried about doing their applications and waiting to hear anything. I have been joking about how having a baby will help take your mind off of the application process. It turns out my jokes were real. Our baby showed up last week and I have barely thought about my applications. Well much less than everyone else anyway. That is why I haven't really added anything to my blog. One thing I can add is that there will be things to make the

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A Day in the life of acup313

7:30 AM- Alarm goes off to get ready for work. 8:15 AM- Realize I turned my alarm off and I now have 15 minutes to get ready for and get to work. 9:00 AM- Arrive at work. 9:20 AM- My computer finally boots up. 9:22 AM- Check my e-mail for any e-mails from schools. 9:23 AM- Check all of the graduate school forums, feel loneliness that no one is posting in the Business PhD forums. 10:00 AM- Do some work. 10:15 AM- Check e-mail again. 10:20 AM- Check forums again. 10:30 AM- Work s

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My SOP is a POS

Ok, so my SOP is really not that bad. At least I don't think it is. I see that many people are freaking out about writing these things, but I don't really know what to tell you that could help. I think people should probably freak out a little less. I have seen way too many times someone go over and over something they wrote changing little details, only to make it worse. Just relax. Changing every little minute detail is not going to make much of a difference. I will admit that I a

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The Test

After my rant from earlier today, I felt I should add a more serious posting. This one won't be too long primarily because it relates to "The Test", and I feel anything I say will not be extremely helpful as I took the GMAT as opposed to the GRE, unlike the majority of the people on the board. So, most people may see some similarities that may be helpful, but everything I did relates to the GMAT. The first thing I did was actually schedule the test, so I could have a set date I would have

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I am selfish

This is just a little bit or a rant before I get back to the more informative blogs, hopefully later today or tomorrow. I apologize if you find this one boring or uninteresting. Today I was making my rounds of the different forums that I peruse while I anxiously await word from any of the programs that I have applied to. I stumbled across a new post titled along the lines of Accounting Phd Profile. Of course I open up this post as this is the field I am interested in so hopefully I can h

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Choosing Possible Schools

A little free time, so I will go through the areas tht I looked at when I was deciding which schools to apply to. I found a really good website that actually had all of this information for every school that offers an Accounting PhD. So for anyone interested in this let me know and I will send it your way. Here were my criteria, this not an exact order of importance, but the more important things are near the top. 1. Research Interest Fit- In accounting there are 4 different areas where

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Introduction

This entry will just be a short introduction about me, so you can get a feel for what I am doing and how it is similar or different from your process. In future entries I plan to go back to the start of my application process, and work my way forward. I have finished all of my applications, so I have seen most of what goes in to the application process, and later hopefully I will see the interview pocess. So, if the first few entries bore you because you are already past that point, I am sorry

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