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  1. 1. Breaking Down the New Wharton Essays - 2012/2013http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
  2. 2. Breaking Down the New Wharton Essays - 2012/2013 By the Amerasia Consulting Group, Boutique MBA Admissions Consulting MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  3. 3. Breaking Down the New Wharton Essays - 2012/2013The new Wharton essays are out, candidates arestressed, and in reality its going to be one of theeasier applications to deal with this year from astrategic standpoint.In other words, it’s exactly like the last three years. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  4. 4. We’ve taken to calling it the Wharton Weave – the artof taking the usual tenants of a career goals questionand weaving them throughout an entire (andsuperficially tough) Wharton application.In the Summer of 2010, we found that our clientswere really stressed and somewhat confounded bythe tiny Required Essay of 300 words that asked forprofessional objectives. We walked them throughhow to use the Create a Class essay to place parts ofa typical goals essay and the result was a series ofreally clear, strong essays. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  5. 5. Last year, Wharton must have decided that A) theywere making their admissions officers read too manywords, and B) the Create a Class concept was notbeing as deftly handled by the majority of applicants.So out with last year’s optional choices and in with anew set – from which candidates could choose two ofthree. And in with even more confusion.This year, they have done it again – slightly alteringthe goals question (up to 400 words, includes the“why Wharton” part) and completely shuffling up thethree “choice” essays. It’s enough to make acandidate want to give up. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  6. 6. Luckily, we have the Wharton Weave solution.It starts with understanding what must go in atraditional career goals essay. We don’t mindsharing the secret sauce on this because we’veposted it all before and share it on consult callsanyway. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  7. 7. But a rock solid career goals essay in a typical 600-1000 word setup will need to feature the following: WHAT (defined goals) WHY (the motivator 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 – we’ve written about this at length) WHEN (why now is the right time) WHERE (why School X) MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  8. 8. For instance, a good Columbia Essay #1 includes allof that, in that exact order, in five balancedparagraphs. In many applications though, parts ofthat sequence have to be farmed out to other essays.Wharton – and its 400-word goals statement – is theultimate example.So here is where everything goes:Required Question (400 words) – How will Whartonhelp you achieve your professional objectives? MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  9. 9. Include: WHAT – Define your goals. HOW – Indicate the experiences that have given rise to the necessary transferable skills to achieve them. WHERE – Why Wharton. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  10. 10. Optional Question 1 - Select a Wharton MBA course,co-curricular opportunity or extra-curricularengagement that you are interested in. Tell us whyyou chose this activity and how it connects to yourinterests. (500 words)This is where you reinforce Why Wharton, but, moreimportantly, explain WHY you are pursuing an MBAand devoting yourself to your life-long goals (whichwere stated in Essay 1). As you would (or should, atleast) in Stanford’s Essay 1-2 sequence, be sure totether your strongest interests and passions to whatyou are declaring as your long-term goal. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  11. 11. Optional Questions 2 and 3 (500 words) -2. Imagine your work obligations for the afternoonwere cancelled and you found yourself “work free”for three hours, what would you do? (500 words)3. “Knowledge for Action draws upon the greatqualities that have always been evident at Wharton:rigorous research, dynamic thinking, and thoughtfulleadership.” – Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, TheWharton School MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  12. 12. Tell us about a time when you put knowledge intoaction. (500 words)These questions go together because they are thetruly optional piece, in our opinion.Essay 2 is a fluff ball of a question that we don’tparticularly love, while Essay 3 stems from the samestructure as the “innovation” question from last year(using a Dean Robertson quote, advertising Whartontenants within, etc.).Whichever you choose, this is your chance to explainWHY NOW for an MBA. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  13. 13. If you were to follow our blueprint throughout, therewon’t be another shot to address the timing issue, sothe best use of this space is to pick a story that canbe concluded with a realization of sorts – “what Ilearned from this experience is that now is the time topursue my MBA” or “in fact, the very idea of threefree hours to explore who I am and what I am allabout is further proof that I am ready to embark onthis MBA adventure.”That kind of language can transition you out of thespecific essay prompt and into a broadercommentary on why now is the right time. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  14. 14. We hope this helps all of you aspiring Wharton candidates out there. Good luck! If you are interested in our services for Round 1 applications, emailmba@amerasiaconsulting.com to inquire about packages, prices, or setting up a free initial consultation. http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/

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