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MS, Masters Accounting, Polish American Woman

January 3, 2013

In terms of my plans for graduate research in the field of Accounting, it is intrinsically linked to my Polish heritage, where I have come from and all that I have seen in an economy and country that are struggling to define themselves in the EU.  Moreover, having seen and lived through these realities makes me all the more interested in discovering through relevant research and professional exposure methods by which accounting and financial issues in Eastern European companies can best be identified, approached and resolved.  Given the current global economic climate, there has never been a more critical moment in time to aid in bringing developing countries out of this crisis, and I am eager to play an instrumental role.  While I hold a graduate degree in marketing and management, I need to conduct more specific research into contemporary accounting issues, and particularly from an American standpoint.

For the future, post-graduation, aside from becoming certified as a public accountant, I envision working as an auditor, bringing my years of scholastic achievement and research to bear to ensure that firms are running as efficiently as possible.  The ideal would be to provide consultancy services, focusing on budget analysis, and financial and investment planning.  However, I would be in a particularly advantageous and marketable position, having completed my education on two diverse continents, cultural competency and my proficiency in three languages.  Working for one of the Big Six, traveling to Poland and Eastern Europe, I would be able to connect and communicate easily and effectively with diverse clients, a crucial component of the business world.  With my European background and travels, I am sympathetic to and completely appreciate the priority of European businesses and the mentality thereof.  More importantly, I feel that well-rounded professionals, with worldviews shaped by an international education and experiences are exactly what are needed to enhance, if not completely rebuild businesses.  Enhancing my education by completing research with MontclairState is a natural and logical choice to bring my plans, goals – my dreams - to fruition.  Perhaps through my efforts, the great migration of young people, Poland’s future great thinkers and innovators, I may be able to nurture industry and business back to Eastern Europe.

 Even as a little girl, growing up my father, a patient and knowledgeable managing director of an engineering firm, always impressed upon me the need to practice and develop my skills in math; I loved math, so it came easily to me.  I loved my father, so practicing my math, an hour a day and two hours on Sunday was effortless.  I credit my father with laying the seeds for my logical and analytical mind.  As I grew, my father showed me that math and finance were interlinked, and that there was always a solution.  I was fascinated when I discovered ways of reaching the same solution through different methods.  My high school teachers did not celebrate my aptitude, in actuality suppressed.  It is my hope that American schools will allow me to reach my potential and refine my skills in an atmosphere that appreciates hard work and diligence, for my benefit, the student body, and my future employers.

 During my undergraduate and graduate studies, my math skills, strong quantitative and analytical abilities helped me quickly grasp the rudiments of the financial analysis of companies.  I was left even more eager to increase my depth of understanding and my graduate projects allowed me to do just that.  Indeed, concentrating on financial conditions, investment analysis and the overall activity of companies, I was amazed at the wealth of information that could be gleaned from just a few financial statements.  More specifically, my undergraduate thesis centered on the issue of financing an enterprise’s investment projects, and utilized a local example, the company Delphi’s chassis system in Krosno, Poland.  Through a highly structured, three-prong investigation into the different ways of investing, and evaluating the profitability of each, I was able to evaluate not only the overall financial condition of the company, but defended my evaluation methods, receiving perfect marks. 

 Building on my undergraduate research foundation for my master’s thesis, I turned to a more ambitious project, analyzing the industrial restructuring of the oil-gas sector in Poland as it transitioned to privatization, focusing on the companies “Naftomet” and PNIG.  By using Naftomet as the backdrop for my analysis, I was able to map out how contemporary changes affected not just the business culture, but also the ways in which business was conducted differently, and had been veritably restructured.  Once this was established, I then was able to create a three-year forecast with great accuracy concerning sales revenue and employment statistics as the restructuring process unfolded and evolved.

 Having completed this work, I wanted to more actively help companies analyze where their financial problems lie and how to resolve them. There is a need to reach out to our diverse clients, to understand and appreciate our differences, be it cultural or socioeconomic, an appreciation of the rich tapestry of life that we are all a part of on earth.  My future requires me to be able to interact effectively with people of differing cultures, ethnicities, nationalities and creeds.  This is critically important given the vast influx of person with varied backgrounds into the business world, one that is only going to embody and represent more countries as they emerge.  Given my cultural competency, I feel I will be completely adept at reaching out to my diverse clients, no matter their country of origin.  This is what I bring to the student body, as well, one in which I anticipate many opportunities for group assignments, teamwork and projects.

 Professional work has always kept my analytical, quantitative, communication and organizational skills alive and well practiced.  For eleven years, I have kept myself active in relevant employment, in insurance work, bookkeeping, and accountancy, always reinforcing my abilities, but am more eager to immerse myself in an academic program and research.

 I am proud of my academic performance, and having earned a scholarship for these successes as well as my years of community involvement in Krosno as well as serving Polonia in the US and from Polish and Slavic FCU.  I treasure the times I was able to help raise funds for the Christmas Charity Foundation, and working with the Great Orchestra, bringing new technology to pediatric hospitals.  Reaching out to others is a reflection of who I am, and the things I do that do not earn me accolades are of equal importance: helping non-native English speakers – my friends – here in the US with their everyday lives, their banking and credit card concerns, even helping them choose good schools.  My academics and future career path reflect this as well, my unwillingness to forget where I have come from, and my passion for helping others succeed.  I feel privileged to have come this far, despite the trials and odds, achieving my ambitions while still helping my family in Poland.

 Coming from Poland, I have a worldview that is quite different from my academic peers.  I do not mention this simply to increase the diversity of the student body.  Completing education in Eastern Europe and the US, as well as living and working in both places, I developed an ability to interact effectively with not only my fellow colleagues, but since having experienced life as an immigrant, I feel particularly sensitive to the needs of many minorities.  As a result, I am able to speak confidently in front of groups of people, and am very comfortable in my own skin while celebrating the differences that make us all truly unique.

 I look forward to my time with XXXX University with great eagerness.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

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