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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 06:55
I have begun working on the essays and am not sure I am directly answer the questions:

1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?
Regarding the "achieve professionally" portion, should the bulk of the text be on career goals upon graduation, or should it be focused on how Wharton will get you there. I guess I am not sure what the focus of the essay should be on:
1) what I want to do upon graduation and flesh that out in detail using the majority of my word count on this (Do we discuss long term career goals as well?)
2) Or do we say I want to be a sell-side equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank focusing on the technology sector and X, Y, and Z are necessary attributes to being successful in this endeavor and this is how the Wharton MBA will prepare me, and then list out specific qualities of Wharton. (In this example, the majority of the text focusing on what the Wharton MBA offers that will aid in our pursuit of our professional goals)

2. Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)
Narrowing in on the words "academic engagement" and "contributing", do we discuss specific ways we can contribute to the academic element of Wharton such as classroom work, assisting a professor in research, participating in school run programs? I guess I am not sure if taking on roles in student run organizations (ie. professional clubs) or participating in the global learning program qualify as "contributing to the learning community" under the umbrella of academic engagement.

Hmm I am not sure I am being clear in my above questions. Any thoughts? Much appreciated

(I did read StacyBlackman piece posted here and found it helpful, but wasn't clear on the above)
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 07:24
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I have begun working on the essays and am not sure I am directly answer the questions:

1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?
Regarding the "achieve professionally" portion, should the bulk of the text be on career goals upon graduation, or should it be focused on how Wharton will get you there. I guess I am not sure what the focus of the essay should be on:
1) what I want to do upon graduation and flesh that out in detail using the majority of my word count on this (Do we discuss long term career goals as well?)
2) Or do we say I want to be a sell-side equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank focusing on the technology sector and X, Y, and Z are necessary attributes to being successful in this endeavor and this is how the Wharton MBA will prepare me, and then list out specific qualities of Wharton. (In this example, the majority of the text focusing on what the Wharton MBA offers that will aid in our pursuit of our professional goals)

2. Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)
Narrowing in on the words "academic engagement" and "contributing", do we discuss specific ways we can contribute to the academic element of Wharton such as classroom work, assisting a professor in research, participating in school run programs? I guess I am not sure if taking on roles in student run organizations (ie. professional clubs) or participating in the global learning program qualify as "contributing to the learning community" under the umbrella of academic engagement.

Hmm I am not sure I am being clear in my above questions. Any thoughts? Much appreciated

(I did read StacyBlackman piece posted here and found it helpful, but wasn't clear on the above)


Hey Physics -

At risk of getting slammed again as we did in the Harvard thread yesterday :-) here's some help:

First: There's no one way to do it, and we don't want to sound like we're prescribing a formula. But there's definitely some easier ways to frame it out, and you're thinking about things the right way.

1) Go more with your option 2. Wharton definitely wants to see a good discussion of literally what your goals are, with a focus on the short-term (immediate post-MBA) goal first and foremost. A mention and brief explanation of long-term goal can also be good, but be careful about going too long term since that can often make the goals seem unattainable or unbelievable. Keep things very practical and feasible, given your actual background. Then, talk about both what you bring to the table - a quick mention of what you have done that shows you're ready - not just as summary of your resume but some specific experience or achievement that shows you're qualified. And the remainder on "why Wharton" with the angles that you described. The details you had on analyst at DB are awesome, definitely keep that.

It's tough to fit all of that into such a tight space but it's important to cover all of those aspects.

2) EVERYTHING that you mentioned is fair game in answering this question. There's even some other areas that could be explored as well. Participating in a club may not feel "academic" but it's all part of the Wharton educational experience, so it qualifies. Don't neglect the first interpretation you've offered though; sometimes people talk only about the clubs etc. and they forget the classroom bit.

You've got more in this one question than we sometimes see in people's first drafts, so you're headed in the right direction, for sure. To some extent, we can tell you not to overthink it - go with your instincts. As we said above, there's not just one right answer. You're analyzing things really well - go with it and see how it starts to shape up for you.

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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2013, 13:10
This is probably asked and answered somewhere, but "number of years working" do we round to the nearest year or just the number of full years completed? Thanks
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2013, 11:42
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At risk of getting slammed again as we did in the Harvard thread yesterday :-) here's some help:
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Don't worry, my intent was not to slam you :) just provide an alternate thought process for folks to consider. Your response to this question is really good and tailored based on the individual's background. Good discussion helps GMATClub, which I believe is one of the best tool during the app process :)
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 03:59
Starting to wrap up my essays for Wharton..man this was a difficult set. How is everyone else doing?
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 11:50
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Starting to wrap up my essays for Wharton..man this was a difficult set. How is everyone else doing?


Same here...done couple of iterations to it. As straightforward as they seemed, they were indeed difficult to sum-up in 1000 words...Have started working on the application, that seems to have a couple of short prompts as well...
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 13:03
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Starting to wrap up my essays for Wharton..man this was a difficult set. How is everyone else doing?


I actually didn't find the Wharton set too bad at all. At least compared to Harvard's non-essay! I'm at the same stage, just refining it so that it is in submittable shape. It does feel pretty quiet in the Wharton thread considering it is one month till the application is due for R1. Should be interesting to see whether Wharton sees another decline in apps this year.
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 02:23
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Starting to wrap up my essays for Wharton..man this was a difficult set. How is everyone else doing?


I actually didn't find the Wharton set too bad at all. At least compared to Harvard's non-essay! I'm at the same stage, just refining it so that it is in submittable shape. It does feel pretty quiet in the Wharton thread considering it is one month till the application is due for R1. Should be interesting to see whether Wharton sees another decline in apps this year.


If my couple of years here has taught me anything it is that 'never judge the app volumes by the thread posts' :)
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 02:30
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Starting to wrap up my essays for Wharton..man this was a difficult set. How is everyone else doing?


I actually didn't find the Wharton set too bad at all. At least compared to Harvard's non-essay! I'm at the same stage, just refining it so that it is in submittable shape. It does feel pretty quiet in the Wharton thread considering it is one month till the application is due for R1. Should be interesting to see whether Wharton sees another decline in apps this year.


If my couple of years here has taught me anything it is that 'never judge the app volumes by the thread posts' :)


Also, real activity will probably start on all the Calling All Applicants threads after the respective deadlines...
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 14:16
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Also, real activity will probably start on all the Calling All Applicants threads after the respective deadlines...


Definitely true. However I am intrigued by Wharton's drop in applicants last year
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-17/bucking-a-trend-wharton-mba-applications-plunge

It's just the bucking of the general trend and I am not sure what Wharton has changed recently that has caused the drop. Maybe it is just a blip.
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 14:27
If you want to really gasp at the numbers, Wharton has seen apps drop every year for four years even when other schools are reporting increases:

Class of 2012: 6,832 -9% from Class of 2011's all-time high of 7,493 apps
Class of 2013: 6,442 -6%
Class of 2014: 6,408 -1%
Class of 2015: 6,036 -6%

Still, 6,000 apps is a lot of apps.
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 09:03
Not going to be ready for R1... going for R2:)
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 10:10
Hi guys,

Anyone over here who attended the Wharton Admissions event in Mumbai on the 3rd September ?

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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 11:51
Hi everyone,

I'm a reapplicant. From the application I believe that I can only answer the additional question for reapplicants, not the additional question for reapplicants + the optional essay.

Is my read of the application correct?

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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2013, 19:58
Anyone know what the recommender questions are for this fall?
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2013, 03:47
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LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONS

1. Describe your relationship with the applicant; what kind of role does s/he play within your team/organization? How does his/her performance compare to that of peers? (500 words)

2. Continual development is an important part of the Wharton MBA experience. What is an area of growth that you would recommend this candidate focus on during his/her two years at Wharton? (500 words)

3. As we are evaluating this candidate for a place in the class, what’s the most important thing we should know about him/her? (500 words)
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 07:59
Quick question: one of my Wharton recommenders asked me in what format to upload her recommendation (.doc or .pdf). My guess is pdf is the cleanest version as that way we are certain about how it looks. Do you agree?

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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 09:46
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Quick question: one of my Wharton recommenders asked me in what format to upload her recommendation (.doc or .pdf). My guess is pdf is the cleanest version as that way we are certain about how it looks. Do you agree?

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I don't think it makes any difference. Assuming it's the same system as uploading your resume, it actually converts your .doc file into a pdf anyhow. The only thing that might happen is if you used page breaks and the alignment gets skewed. But you can check that before you submit since you can preview what the upload looks like.
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Re: Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 19:08
For essay 2, what percentage of our essay should focus on explaining our background / experience versus explaining what we aim to do to contribute to the learning community? Obviously both will likely be important.. But just wanted to see what everyone else's doing.

Would starting a non-academic club constitute "academic engagement"?
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