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# Calling all Wharton 2008 applicants

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Updated on: 11 Sep 2007, 16:33
aurobindo wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
aurobindo wrote:
8. Undergraduates at Penn are wilder.

You actually noted this down?!? I like the way you think

Imagine this in an essay:
I believe I will add to the Wharton community my ability to date and scmooze effortlessly with wild 20-something U-penn undergrads. Whether at the library, or the living quaters or for that matter, anywhere on the U-Penn campus, I can be counted on to add significantly to the 'wild' factor.

Nice catch !!

Interesting beginning Your Trekking background makes it sound convincing abt 'Wild' factor

It's really interesting ..and i know what the reason lies behind.

Originally posted by laxieqv on 11 Sep 2007, 09:23.
Last edited by laxieqv on 11 Sep 2007, 16:33, edited 1 time in total.
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Updated on: 11 Sep 2007, 19:12
laxieqv wrote:
aurobindo wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
aurobindo wrote:
8. Undergraduates at Penn are wilder.

You actually noted this down?!? I like the way you think

Imagine this in an essay:
I believe I will add to the Wharton community my ability to date and scmooze effortlessly with wild 20-something U-penn undergrads. Whether at the library, or the living quaters or for that matter, anywhere on the U-Penn campus, I can be counted on to add significantly to the 'wild' factor.

Nice catch !!

Interesting beginning Your Trekking background makes it sound convincing abt 'Wild' factor

It's really interesting ..and i know what the reason lies behind.

Laxieqv, you lost me.

Originally posted by kripalkavi on 11 Sep 2007, 09:44.
Last edited by kripalkavi on 11 Sep 2007, 19:12, edited 1 time in total.
VP
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11 Sep 2007, 09:51
how is your application, buddy? ...hope we'll meet in reality one day
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Updated on: 02 Oct 2007, 20:05
laxieqv wrote:
how is your application, buddy? ...hope we'll meet in reality one day

Edit:

Originally posted by kripalkavi on 11 Sep 2007, 10:01.
Last edited by kripalkavi on 02 Oct 2007, 20:05, edited 1 time in total.
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11 Sep 2007, 23:19
Just finished the second drafts (revised) of the essays, how is everyone else doing?
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Updated on: 02 Oct 2007, 20:05
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Originally posted by kripalkavi on 12 Sep 2007, 00:10.
Last edited by kripalkavi on 02 Oct 2007, 20:05, edited 1 time in total.
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Schools: Stanford, Chicago Booth, Babson College

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12 Sep 2007, 03:39
I think I have 1st drafts of failure essay, and anything about background or experience essay..
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Updated on: 02 Oct 2007, 20:05
Edit:

Originally posted by kripalkavi on 12 Sep 2007, 10:12.
Last edited by kripalkavi on 02 Oct 2007, 20:05, edited 1 time in total.
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12 Sep 2007, 10:15
I've completed all my essays. Most are final, the outsider essay needs to be reviewed.
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12 Sep 2007, 10:36
jjanders wrote:
I've completed all my essays. Most are final, the outsider essay needs to be reviewed.

Wow congrats man! Krip, if you haven't had a chance to mention your extras anywhere else I would definitely put that in. Otherwise you can use Essay 4 to talk about anything you want...I used the goals essay to tie in my extras to work ex and build the case as to why I want a MBA and am using the optional essay to talk about my college experience. Remember, it's filling any holes that may come across in the app.
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Updated on: 02 Oct 2007, 20:06
shmegs wrote:
jjanders wrote:
I've completed all my essays. Most are final, the outsider essay needs to be reviewed.

Wow congrats man! Krip, if you haven't had a chance to mention your extras anywhere else I would definitely put that in. Otherwise you can use Essay 4 to talk about anything you want...I used the goals essay to tie in my extras to work ex and build the case as to why I want a MBA and am using the optional essay to talk about my college experience. Remember, it's filling any holes that may come across in the app.

Edit:

Originally posted by kripalkavi on 12 Sep 2007, 10:44.
Last edited by kripalkavi on 02 Oct 2007, 20:06, edited 1 time in total.
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12 Sep 2007, 10:49
kripalkavi wrote:
shmegs wrote:
jjanders wrote:
I've completed all my essays. Most are final, the outsider essay needs to be reviewed.

Wow congrats man! Krip, if you haven't had a chance to mention your extras anywhere else I would definitely put that in. Otherwise you can use Essay 4 to talk about anything you want...I used the goals essay to tie in my extras to work ex and build the case as to why I want a MBA and am using the optional essay to talk about my college experience. Remember, it's filling any holes that may come across in the app.

My goals essay is already 1088 words and my 4th essay is already 549 words....geez...Looks like I'll have to use the optional essay. I wont be plugging a hole perse, but I will be adding another dimension to the app. I'm still a little worried though - the essay explicitly asks for 'extenuating circumstances '...

why dont you put it in the activities section?
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12 Sep 2007, 12:05
From what I know, Wharton is very specific about 'extenuating circumstances' for the optional essay. They gave us a chance to write about something unique in essay 4. So I'd say that you should use essay 4 or the activities section to talk about additional dimensions.
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12 Sep 2007, 13:57
kripal, the wharton optional essay is ONLY for explaining things like bad GPA, GMAT, resume gap etc.

Dont use it to talk about other activities or hobbies. You are basically disobeying instructions. I dont think it is safe to take such liberties.
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12 Sep 2007, 22:10
You guys are absolutely spot on. Thanks for the fantastic advice. I also contacted the Wharton adcom and this is what they had to say:

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Dear Kripal,

question, fine. If not, do not inlcude them in this essay.

Sincerely,

Which essentially means 'NO' in my case
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12 Sep 2007, 22:51
kripalkavi wrote:
You guys are absolutely spot on. Thanks for the fantastic advice. I also contacted the Wharton adcom and this is what they had to say:

Quote:
Dear Kripal,

question, fine. If not, do not inlcude them in this essay.

Sincerely,

Which essentially means 'NO' in my case

Now the danger for you is that you may tend to force-fit that XC into one of the other essays. Be wary of that. Just my 2 cents.
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12 Sep 2007, 23:24
kripalkavi wrote:
You guys are absolutely spot on. Thanks for the fantastic advice. I also contacted the Wharton adcom and this is what they had to say:

Quote:
Dear Kripal,

question, fine. If not, do not inlcude them in this essay.

Sincerely,

Which essentially means 'NO' in my case

Now the danger for you is that you may tend to force-fit that XC into one of the other essays. Be wary of that. Just my 2 cents.

Maybe you can refocus essay 4...if you have focused on work in your other essays use it to highlight leadership outside of work. Also, what do you mean by extras? Is it hiking etc...then that can be shown in the app itself but if it's community involvement etc, then maybe you can find a fit. ncprasad is absolutely correct, don't shoe horn it in...
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13 Sep 2007, 08:59
Hi guys I need your thoughts on essay #2. I wrote about my first year of college (a setback to say the least) but I've had mixed reviews about the topic. Most of my reviewers have said that the topic does not meet the "what role did you play" part of it...and they suggested that I refocus it to a failed work experience. Any thoughts?
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13 Sep 2007, 09:10
Tough to say without seeing the essay

EDIT: Uhhh .. why don't we see the smileys anymore ??
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13 Sep 2007, 09:13
shmegs wrote:
Hi guys I need your thoughts on essay #2. I wrote about my first year of college (a setback to say the least) but I've had mixed reviews about the topic. Most of my reviewers have said that the topic does not meet the "what role did you play" part of it...and they suggested that I refocus it to a failed work experience. Any thoughts?

I also used an extreme setback from my 2nd year of college.

I'm not sure about it, one because it was so long ago and I feel I should use a more recent work related example, and two, I can use the optional essay (though it has 1/2 the word limit) to explain that situation.

I have an example or two from work I could use, I might write one of them up and see how I feel about it.
13 Sep 2007, 09:13

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