Without much fanfare, Wharton posted its 2013 essays, and you may not realize it, Brave Supplicant, but these are GREAT QUESTIONS.
- What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA?
- Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community?
Compared to last year’s questions, these are absolutely gorgeous. They’re simple, they’re straightforward, they’re direct. Wharton wants to know why you want an MBA from their school, and they want to know what you’re going to do to add value while you’re there. With a focus on academics. EssaySnark is thrilled that they’ve gone back to basics. The academics are, in fact, why you want an MBA, are they not?
Well, they’re not for a lot of people. But they should be for you. Remember, the MBA is a graduate-level education in business. Thankfully, Wharton has remembered that, and they’ve gotten back to it. They’re no longer all hung up in asking you to write essays about their fancy-shmancy branding taglines that are inscrutable and difficult for people to untangle.
We’re breathing a collective sigh of relief on your behalf by seeing these essays.
We’re also hugely gratified that Wharton has moved away from its trend of ever-shorter essays. Two years ago, applicants had just 300 words to present their career goals. Last year they loosened it to 400 words. You’re going to be very happy that they’ve made it 500 words this year. And, the way they’ve phrased the question makes it very clear what they want to know.
All around, this is an awesome set of essay questions that they’ve served up.
In fact, these questions are so straightforward that we hardly need to do a full analysis of them. The adcom has listed out in black and white what they want you to talk about. The many other examples and commentary that we’ve offered in the past on the blahg are going to help you just fine. Here’s a start:
- Columbia: “What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal?”
- Harvard asks: “How does pursuing an MBA support your choices?”
- essay critique: Columbia essay 1 (2012 version)
That’s just a start; there are gobs more posts about career goals on this site for you to study. We’ve got those two Columbia links there because they’re relevant, and relatively recent. This is definitely a year when the work you do on a Columbia app will benefit you for Wharton too, and vice versa. Both those schools are looking for similar qualities, and we often see people who nail their essays for one end up getting into the other too. You cannot reuse your essays wholesale between the two schools but a well-written Essay 1 for either will be a great foundation for writing its peer at the other school.
Wharton Essay 2 is also incredibly straightforward: They want you to do your research, understand what they’re about, and present to them what you can bring to enhance the community. They’ve asked a variation of this question for years. This year’s version is better than any that have gone before. (To pre-empt the criticism we got in our post on Columbia’s essays: Wharton essay 2 doesn’t need any explanation. If you need someone to tell you what to write in that essay, then sorry, we are not convinced you’re ready for the MBA.)
Despite that fact,
we will of course be formally updating we have now updated the Wharton SnarkStrategies Guide to reflect these new questions. This might be the first case where a strategy guide actually shrinks down a bit with the current app – yes, these are that simple.
In the meantime, a great place to begin your Wharton application strategy is with the Career Goals App Accelerator. You get a tutorial that explains what’s important and how to develop a good set of goals, and then you’ll get to submit the goals you develop for personal feedback from EssaySnark. Two rounds of feedback included, so you can be sure your goals are watertight. Wharton – and Columbia, and NYU, and many other schools – cares about career goals a lot. They need to be the foundation of your pitch.
The Career Goals App Accelerator is included in the Complete Essay Package, and as part of that discounted bundle, you can also get the Wharton SnarkStrategies Guide for free as soon as it’s published.
It’s definitely not too early to start in on essays, Brave Supplicant! Remember that whole “early bird” thing.
Let us know how we can help!