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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2011, 12:24
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I have been approached by quite a few prospective candidates asking for advice on "what's best to write for Wharton", i.e. what would the school want to hear.

My personal view, reinforced by what has worked for me is to decide on what parts of YOURSELF and YOUR story you want to showcase the most, i.e. what makes you unique and valuable, and deliver that using some creative writing. The question then becomes not that of execution, because good execution does not stand in the way. The only thing that matters is then whether YOU are indeed valuable and unique.

What makes you valuable and unique?
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 15:57
Reaaplicant for Round 1...
Been trying to log on to the application system for a while now.
I filled in my detaills (name, email etc) but I am still yet to receive a confirmation email
Are reapplicants expected to use their old profiles or something?
Thanks for your feedback on this and good luck to you all!
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 00:15
I don't think so. You need to register using a new name, new mail add.
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 18:06
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Do you have any suggestions for a re-applicant?

Do a SWAT analysis of your application, regroup and redefine your strategy.

So the first question to answer is "What was your strategy last time?"
Second question would be "What was wrong with it?"

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I've seen reapplicants fix what was wrong only to fix too much and end up screwing up what was right.

So don't forget to figure out wad was right, and DON'T CHANGE IT.
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 22:23
I bet Wharton's roll call will first out of other schools reach 100+ members. Even HBS is behind.
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 00:55
Finally, I was able to read up on what the school has done while I was away from its liberating walls.
To me, Wharton's latest curriculum overhaul theme is Wharton's classic emphasis on cutting edge finance quant and marketing and operations number crunching plus:
1. Ethics
2. Innovation
3. Entrepreneurship
4. Social responsibility
5. Life-long continuous education of business leaders
6. International business activity
7. Communication

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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 08:38
All applicants feel free to reach out to me, but here is some information on a key event:

Another Wharton event, if interested sign-up, it will be a great day with good information, fellowship, and some beers:

Title: Military Visit Day (view detailed information)
When: 10/13/2011 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Type: Presentation


To sign up go to the following link: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admiss ... events.cfm

then click over to on-campus events and register, hope to see you there
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 09:39
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97 Applicants!!!
Need only 3 more to break the 100 mark!



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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 20:21
In 2011, Wharton introduced Global Modular Courses http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/global/gmc.cfm The feedback from those who took them last year was that they are "the best most recent innovation" at the school. If you read my post above, it seems GMC fits into the international aspect of doing business that the school is capitalizing on in its curriculum.
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Re: Calling Wharton 2012 applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 10:32
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 17:29
Was thinking about Round1, but I'll now be in for Round 2.
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 07:56
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Was thinking about Round1, but I'll now be in for Round 2.

Whahappend?
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 18:35
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Was thinking about Round1, but I'll now be in for Round 2.

Whahappend?


Work has gotten crazy. I don't think I can write good essays in time for Round 1.
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 17:42
reapp for r1.

Been trying to access my last year ding letter (for specific comments, if any) at W admin webpage with no success. Do they send everyone a form ding letter?

back to drawing board this year...

The essays give no space for leadership accomplishments (except for one such experience in innovation essay). Makes me wonder whether Wharton cares about them (despite claims to contrary on their website)! Furthermore, they seem to have cut down total essay length by 700 words this year with respect to last year (one essay choice removed).

I'll appreciate any insights from current and prospective students.
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2011, 22:39
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reapp for r1.

The essays give no space for leadership accomplishments (except for one such experience in innovation essay). Makes me wonder whether Wharton cares about them (despite claims to contrary on their website)! Furthermore, they seem to have cut down total essay length by 700 words this year with respect to last year (one essay choice removed).

I'll appreciate any insights from current and prospective students.


I think you should try to sprinkle in your leadership abilities wherever you can. Just because they don't say it explicitly, doesn't mean they don't care for them. :)
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 06:32
Hello,
Seeking advice for reapplicant who was wait listed all the way through summer last time around. Considering I was waitlisted, I am not too keen on changing up my app too much because I take my waitlist decision as kind of a reaffirmation that my app was somewhat down the right path. Accordingly, I plan on using a couple of the same essyas, slightly tweaked from last year. My recs will also be similar. One point of differentiation will be my beefed up extra currics in the past year. Any advice or thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 22:29
Completely agree with golantrevize. Just because they don't explicitly ask, doesn't mean they don't care or that you shouldn't write about it. What I found helpful when I was applying last year was, I put together a master checklist of topics and themes that I wanted to cover in my application package, whether they be in my essays, the recommedations, or the short answers in the actual application itself. You want to make sure you cover your professional accomplishments, academic achievements (if applicable), and extracurricular/leadership skills. I made sure to strategically distribute these topics throughout the various pieces of the application package, and that the individual parts complement each other to create a cohesive overall story.

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reapp for r1.

The essays give no space for leadership accomplishments (except for one such experience in innovation essay). Makes me wonder whether Wharton cares about them (despite claims to contrary on their website)! Furthermore, they seem to have cut down total essay length by 700 words this year with respect to last year (one essay choice removed).

I'll appreciate any insights from current and prospective students.


I think you should try to sprinkle in your leadership abilities wherever you can. Just because they don't say it explicitly, doesn't mean they don't care for them. :)
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 22:48
I was a reapplicant last year, but I waited 2 years after the initial rejection (first app was for class of 11, now I am in class of 13) to apply again because I switched jobs right after I got rejected last time, and wanted to build up enough "accomplishments" (for a lack of better word) at my new job so that I could have new materials to talk about in my essays. As a result, my essays were very different the second time around. However, given the short turnaround between your applications, I can certainly understand that there hasn't been that much change in your work/EC/etc between July and now, and I think the admissions committee will understand that too. But I would emphasize the things you HAVE done differently/improved on since the summer, to show that you have learned from the shortcomings (real or imaginary) of your last application, and that you have been actively turning yourself into a better candidate. Personally, I don't think I would hand in the same exact essays (or with only minor tweaks). I believe Wharton made some changes to its essays from last year, and that the innovation essay is new. Maybe you can write this as a new essay, and update the career goal essay (I would keep the career goal the same, because it would seem a little weird to have drastically different career goals within the span of 3 months) with new accomplishments at work (promotion? new projects/responsibilities?). In terms of rec, I would also encourage your recommender to maybe update it with some recent developments. Hope this helps.

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Seeking advice for reapplicant who was wait listed all the way through summer last time around. Considering I was waitlisted, I am not too keen on changing up my app too much because I take my waitlist decision as kind of a reaffirmation that my app was somewhat down the right path. Accordingly, I plan on using a couple of the same essyas, slightly tweaked from last year. My recs will also be similar. One point of differentiation will be my beefed up extra currics in the past year. Any advice or thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 23:33
jk12 wrote:
The essays give no space for leadership accomplishments (except for one such experience in innovation essay). Makes me wonder whether Wharton cares about them (despite claims to contrary on their website)! Furthermore, they seem to have cut down total essay length by 700 words this year with respect to last year (one essay choice removed).

I'll appreciate any insights from current and prospective students.


Not my insights, but have you checked PaulLanzillotti's analysis of the essays? Check out this thread:

breaking-down-the-2012-wharton-essays-117238.html
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Re: Wharton 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2011, 02:18
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The essays give no space for leadership accomplishments (except for one such experience in innovation essay). Makes me wonder whether Wharton cares about them (despite claims to contrary on their website)! Furthermore, they seem to have cut down total essay length by 700 words this year with respect to last year (one essay choice removed).

I'll appreciate any insights from current and prospective students.


Not my insights, but have you checked PaulLanzillotti's analysis of the essays? Check out this thread:

breaking-down-the-2012-wharton-essays-117238.html



Paul Lanzilotti analysis is tangential to my original query. Paul Lanzi has analyzed the essays with the assumption that the whole set of essays should answer the question of what, why, how, when and where. According to his analysis, one could adopt an approach of answering what/how/when in the professional objectives question, and, why/where in question 1,2, and 3.

My query asks a different question - where and how should one distribute the leadership accomplishments in the application. Accomplishments of the type, i used x and y to bring in z revenues, for example. Since they dont exclusively dedicate space for it, one could assume that they expect applicant to use the given essay questions to weave in such examples. Even if one tries to weave such an example, it needs to be rather short (since essays ask a different question).

Nonetheless, it is quite a different experience than hbs questions where they ask three accomplishments, straight up.
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