I will be joining the Class of 2014 at:
There were several factors that were important to me in this decision…I first went back to this post from LONG LONG ago.....But there were a few things that I KNEW I wanted but never fully articulated...so here we go:
- Urban Environment – I wanted to live in a CITY. I want to feel like school and my life were separate but not. Does that make sense? Well the great thing about Philadelphia is that there are many schools....so I'm surrounded by tons of things that are collegiate. Also, since a lot of the student body is not from Philly and since most students live in a particular area in Philly…its like the best of both worlds. The student body REALLY gets to know each other and bond...in an urban environment. I'm so happy that I get my campus experience on Penns Campus…and I also get to live my urban lifestyle that I’ve been dreaming about ever since I was little. Also, I want the opportunity to volunteer in an urban environment...something Philly and Wharton have to offer through Community Consultants and some other orgs. Not to mention the SHOPPING is EXCELLENT. Each time I left Wharton (interview and welcome weekend) I left with a whole new outfit lol.
- Makeup of Student Body - I want to be challenged and pushed by my peers. One of the things that attracted me to Wharton is the international feel…which is something I didn't realize I wanted until I went to the Wharton Welcome Weekend (WWW). I felt at home when after WWW people I met were emailing/texting/FBing me. It felt so right! Also, each time someone told me their background/career story I was literally BLOWN AWAY.
- Culture/Fit – Now as I mentioned earlier…I was NOT in touch with my feelings through the process…I was very execution driven. So in these last 3 weeks I was assessing who I really was. When I boiled down to it…I felt like I fit right on in. People understood my dry humor and sarcasm with ease. Not to mention the greatness of the Dean of "Happiness" Kembrel Jones
- Academics – Academics weren’t really a focus for me ::gasp:: I’m much more an extracurricular person and generally let that come first. One thing I was looking for was the ability to take classes across campus. I know this is something I wanted to take advantage of. I know for sure I will be taking a Business French Class and also I learned about this class at UPenn where you basically turnaround a house and sell it....I will DEF be in that class. Also, I feel like it will be a good way to network with non-Bschool people and get myself out of the bubble. As for traditional academics - I like the new curriculum and also the learning teams at Wharton. I like that they pair us in ways that they know will build us to be leaders. During this process I had a student say that what lasts with you down the road isn't the random elective courses, its the experiences and the leadership opportunities. That is a sentiment I totally agree with and Wharton has tons of leadership opptys and also Wharton has grade non-disclosure and no classes on Fridays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Career – Once again, career services wasn’t a huge focus for me. For most of my internship opportunities in Undergrad I did most of my own off-campus recruiting. So I’m very comfortable doing that again. I know that I’m going to probably recruit for Consulting and maybe SOMETHING ELSE (still not decided…Marketing? Tech? General Management? Retail and Luxury Goods?). Also to be reallllllly transparent, my fulltime job search MAY be a bit more organic/freeflowing depending on how Summer 2013 goes.
And now I leave you (my favorite) Wharton “Folly”……
Well I know others are deciding…I know its hard…but seriously you can’t go wrong, you will NOT regret your choice and it feels GREAT once you pay that deposit!!!