A great equation or rule of thumb for questions of this nature is: past professional experience the Wharton MBA = post-MBA goals in the short term and long term.If any part of that equation is not well explained, or worse boring, the admissions committee will probably pass on your application, so it’s important that everything you’re saying in your story of self adds up.
Instead, you want to demonstrate valuable lessons learned.
The emphasis is less about the example you choose – although it should be salient and compelling – and more about what you learned from the experience, and how your awareness will impact your contribution to the Wharton community.
Here are three top tips to crafting a great response: 1.
Don’t squander valuable real estate with long storytelling.
It’s about being part of a much larger organism than your learning team or your cohort, and discerning how your unique experiences will shape the experiences of many of your fellow students, the program and the institution writ large. You will want to be clear about specific experiences, classes and interactions that will allow you to bring your self- knowledge to the campus.
The timing of Wharton’s essay release is terrific for anyone looking to get a head start now on their applications.
Get introspective and be discerning about your key take-aways and their significance, both for you and the future community with whom you hope to engage.
Your 400 words will go fast, as I am sure you have realized by beginning to draft other essays! Prove you know the program as you answer the question.
The challenge, is to do so in 400 words, which requires both profound self-awareness and profound understanding of the community you’re hoping to join.
This question isn’t just about what happened, but what you took away from your experience, how it shaped your awareness and why it matters going forward.