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  1. 1. Breaking Down the 2012 Wharton Essays
  2. 2. Breaking Down the 2012 Wharton Essays Guide for 2012 Wharton Essays MBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. Breaking Down the 2012 Wharton EssaysThis year, Wharton must have decided thatB)they were making their admissions officers read toomany words, andC)the Create a Class concept was not being as deftlyhandled by the majority of applicants. So out with lastyears optional choices and in with a new set - from whichcandidates can choose two of three. And in with evenmore confusion. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. It starts with understanding what must go in atraditional career goals essay.We dont mind sharing the secret sauce on this becauseweve posted it all before and share it on consult callsanyway. But a rock solid career goals essay in a typical600-1000 word setup will need to feature the following: • WHAT (defined goals) • WHY (the motivation behind an MBA and especially the long-term goal) • HOW (the proof that you can get the post-MBA jobs by pointing to transferable skills - weve written about this at length) • WHEN (why now is the right time) • WHERE (why School X) MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. For instance, a good Columbia Essay #1 includes all ofthat, in that order, in five balanced paragraphs.In many applications though, parts of that sequence haveto be farmed out to other essays. Wharton - and its 300-word goals statement - is the ultimate example. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. So here is where everything goes:Required Question (300 words) – What are youprofessional objectives.Include: WHAT - Define your goals. HOW - Indicate the experiences that have given rise to the necessary transferable skills to achieve them. WHEN - State that now is the right time for an MBA from Wharton. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. Optional Questions 1 and 2 (600 words) -1. Reflect on a time when you turned down anopportunity. What was the thought process behindyour decision? Would you make the same decisiontoday?2. Discuss a time when you faced a challenginginterpersonal experience. How did you navigate thesituation and what did you learn from it? MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. These questions go together because they are both "behavioral" innature and get at certain thematic qualities. #2 is probably more"Wharton" based on its interview questions last year, but our advice isto pick whichever of the two can help you achieve a really authentic,inspiring moment of conviction for your goals and pursuits. Becausehere is where you need to include: WHY - Either of these essays should finish with a lesson learned from the experience and the takeaway that you are willing to devote your lifes work to X (your Long-Term goal). Thats the whole ballgame here. What do you want to do with your life and when was the singular moment when you decided to do that thing. Normally you can pick pretty much any memory, moment, person, trip, realization, etc., so long as it supports your goals and pursuits with passion and inspiration. With Wharton, you have to find that singular moment, but make sure it falls under the heading of either a decision to turn down an opportunity (Essay 1) or a challenging interpersonal experience that promoted growth (Essay 2). MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. Optional Question 3 (600 words) - (A quote from Dean Robertsonabout the Wharton pillar of innovation) followed by the prompt:Discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personalor professional life.Include: WHERE - Make sure to finish this Impact Story essay with a robust paragraph devoted to Why Wharton, using the idea of innovation (and how it is prized by both applicant and school) as your transition. Few will recognize this opportunity, but its not much different from when NYU Stern asked "what do you plan to contribute" last year and fully expected candidates to take that prompt and use it to discuss prior involvement and commitments (and not just rattle of things they liked about Stern). Optional Essay 3 is a great, great chance to transition from talking about yourself to talking about why Wharton is a fit for you based on a shared tenant. (And if innovation is not something you prize or can display or that you feel strongly about, then you should probably not be applying to Wharton, quite honestly.) MBA Admissions Consultant |
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