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Wharton Essay 2: “I’m Stuck!!!” Don’t Panic… Some Advice

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Wharton Essay 2 (Full-Time Program): “I’m Stuck!!!” Don’t Panic… Some Advice

As I am sure you have noticed, the clock is ticking and the 2019-2020 Wharton full-time program's Round 2 admissions deadline is coming up quickly. You are not alone if you procrastinated finishing your Wharton essays, reasoning that during your winter break you would have dedicated time for truly focusing on them. Now that you have finished some of your holiday celebrations, you may have found yourself sitting down before your Wharton essays and going into a panic, feeling the essays are far from an outstanding quality.

You are not alone; many candidates have been in those shoes. They have been able to turn things around, even with days to go before the deadline.

For most candidates, Wharton Essay 2 is the question that has them most concerned. Have I chosen the right topic? Is this simply supposed to be personal-topic essay since the topic is not supposed to be represented elsewhere in the application? Is my tone okay? These are among the questions candidates ask.

Essay 2 reads: "Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)"

One piece of advice: remember that your topic choice should help advance you to admission. In most cases, if you introduce a personal story it should focus-in ultimately on values and strengths you developed that have borne fruit in your life and will help you contribute at Wharton, not simply tell us about your upbringing.

We have also found that the topic you write about can be on the resume, but just not elaborated on at great length. So, if you were sent for a month to a foreign country with your company and it is noted on the resume with sparse details, that is still a topic you can use in Essay 2. In Essay 2, you would be elaborating on details you have not presented elsewhere, which satisfies the question.

Just remember, whatever topic you choose should convey information that advances you to admission: you want the admissions committee to read your essays and become convinced you would be a great candidate to interview. You do not want them to finish your essays and then have to scour the rest of the application trying to convince themselves there is sufficient reason to interview you.

The essays are very important! Use them excellently.

Do you need assistance in preparing your Wharton essays? Feel free to reach out to us! We have holiday hours available between now and the Wharton R2 deadline.

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