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 but I will try to catch up in a timely matter, so I can add a little information to what everyone is going through now.
I am trying to get into an accounting PhD program. I am currently employed in the typical accountant job for my age, and I have been out of school for about two years now. I am married and we are expecting our first child in a few weeks (her due date is 12/22). My lovely wife has decided that she will follow me almost anywhere and she has plans to get a undergrad degree at whichever school we end up at.
I decided I wanted to pursue a PhD while I was in Graduate School for my Masters program. For those of you in different programs an Accounting Masters is much different than most other Masters degrees, to me it felt like just an extra year of undergraduate work in more field specific classes. People do not generally go straight from a Masters degree to a PhD program in accounting so I got a job instead. It may not make much sense but finding out that we were going to have a baby is what jumpstarted my pursuit of a PhD. At first I thought that I should attempt to find a different job in the hopes that I could make a little more money and work a more normal schedule. Through that process I somehow stumbled upon some graduate school websites and decided that we should just be poor for a few years and I should get my PhD now. It had become clear to us that our lives were moving quickly and if I didn't attempt this now, I probably never would.
This is a basic overview of who I am and how I got to this point. I will try to add a post later in the week that goes over how I decided which schools to apply to, and then after that hopefully I can start getting in to the specifics of my application materials.
If you have any questions feel free to post a comment or send me a message.