[warning: the story contain in this post includes blatent acts of stupidity and may not be suitable for smarter readers.]
Ok... we all have a tendency to do silly things when we're under pressure, and I am no exception. Last week, while under the gun to get my GMAT score up in 3 days from a 670 to 700 (which I did do) so I could make round 1 deadlines, I did something foolish. On one of the three days in question was the Wharton open house for which I was registered. Weighing my options, I elected to study for the GMAT instead. Thinking I was doing the right thing by notifying the school, I sent them an email (the day of) saying "Sorry for the late notice, but I will not be able to make it to the open house tonight"... and here comes the stupid part..." and I will not be applying to Wharton."
Now, you're asking yourself "why include the second part if you were just going to miss the open house?" Good question. The answer lies in my other temporal issue... assuming I could pull off the 700 (which I did
), I would only have about 2 weeks to do the 6 Harvard essays AND the 4 Wharton essays. Since Harvard was my top choice, I decided to focus solely on its essays alone. The problem is that now I have gotten a fair amount of the Harvard essays done (one of which can be modified to satisfy a Wharton question), I'm thinking I should go ahead with Wharton anyway. So what do you think? Have I completely scuttled my chances with Wharton, or should I try anyway, gambling that they don't recognize my name?
If you registered for the Open House and provided you contact info then you are probably in a database and they probably have connected your e-mail to you.
On the other hand, they have also probably filed that e-mail and when they receive the application they won't go back and look at a long ago e-mail and even if they do, they may just figure you changed you mind once again.
Could that e-mail make them question your seriousness? yes -- if they open it in two or three months when they review your app. Would that be damaging? Probably. Is it likely? I don't think so.
Bottom line: If you really want to go to Wharton, while yes they may connect the e-mail to you and have it in your file, you should just apply and give it your best. Give them compelling reasons why you should go to Wharton.
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