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December 23, 2019
DesireLive

Joined: Mar 18, 2014

Posts: 13

Kudos: 23

Verified score:
740 Q51 V39

Going to Wharton!

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Having worked with another admissions consultant in the previous year and interviewed several admissions consulting firms, Alex’s service immediately stood out to me. Whereas other consultants mainly communicated via email, Alex took the time to set up several Skype calls, including an initial video call where we just chatted about our personal lives. We got to understand each other at a much deeper level than otherwise possible through a written form or a voice call. This depth of understanding played a vital role when drafting early versions of my essays, where Alex would offer suggestions on which of my personal stories might fit best, rather than just telling me to rewrite a section.

Alex was also very accommodating to my last minute requests and unique situation. I had a recommender who was unresponsive and sent Alex a draft of his recommendation the night before the deadline. Alex stayed up late into the night to review it and called me after to calm my nerves. I can’t imagine working with anyone else.

Given that I am an Asian male (over-represented group), I purchased the 5-school package to put my best foot forward. With Alex’s help I was able to do just that and was invited to interview at Wharton, Booth, and MIT. After that, Alex’s interview prep ultimately helped me convert all three interviews into admittance offers! I was quite surprised how many of the questions Alex asked in his mocks were in the real interviews. Overall, working with Alex was a pleasure. It is a no-brainer when it comes to recommending Alex, and I have to a friend. Beyond his technical expertise, Alex is funny and personable, everything you would want from an advisor and more!

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December 24, 2020
DesireLive

Joined: Mar 18, 2014

Posts: 13

Kudos: 23

Verified score:
740 Q51 V39

Wharton exceeds my expectations on all fronts

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This review is for Wharton

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2022

Experience during the program

I'm not going to lie, my expectations were low matriculating this year with classes being virtual. I decided to move to Philly despite all classes and clubs being virtual because I wanted to be more connected to the school. It was the best decision ever.

Despite classes being online, students have found ways to connect through small group dinners, sitting at a park in a circle, 1:1 coffee chats, and etc. I found that people were much more willing to accept random requests to connect. Sometimes I would cold message someone I have never met on Slack to grab coffee and, 100% of the time, they would accept with enthusiasm. I've also found the students to be very accepting of everyone's personal preferences/differences. I personally don't drink and, given Wharton's reputation for parties, was worried about people pressuring me to drink. Surprisingly, I've never been questioned once for not drinking and, in fact, there are many others who do not drink.

The virtual classes are even great. One benefit of being online is that guest speakers do not have to travel to Wharton. This means that there were a lot more guest speakers at our classes. I feel like I got to hear at least one CXOs, Partner at VC funds, lead technology researcher, etc. talk in one of my classes every week. As cliché as it sounds, their perspectives and experiences shattered a lot of assumptions I had on certain topics.

Finally, the career support is unparalleled. You simply get access to companies that otherwise wouldn't bat an eye at you. For example, when I first got accepted by Wharton, an EM at MBB and an Associate from a PE fund reached out to me to coffee chat (this is even before I accepted the offer). During the summer, MBB consultants continued to reach out to me to chat and get to know me. It's wild to think these top firms are so excited to get to know me. Moreover, career services provide weekly emails, office hours, interview workshops, and mock case interview support. Pretty much anything that you can think of, it's there. I can't even compare this to the career services available to me at my undergrad institution (because it was non-existent).


Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity
Career opportunities provided by school
Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting
Finance
Investment Banking
Tech
Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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