I have worked with clients who had such issues, but also had amazing strengths which helped them gain admission.
This could also happen at HBS or only rarely at Stanford, but it happens more at Wharton.
Since I started my own counseling service in 2007, I have had 70 clients admitted to Wharton (60 admitted to Wharton and 10 admitted to Wharton Lauder), which is my biggest total for any school (HBS, INSEAD, Columbia and Booth follow, in that order, in terms of highest totals).
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If you don’t make this assumption, you will likely find it particularly hard to explain what you want from the experience and will also probably come across as rather dull.
Your job is to engage the admissions reader so that they understand what you want from Wharton for your future. You need to give Wharton admissions a very clear image of professional objectives for attending the MBA program.An excellent answer to the Wharton essay question would identify those specific aspects of Wharton that you will most benefit from. A general characterization of Wharton- data driven, but also a place with a commitment to experiential learning, East Coast focused but with a San Francisco campus that is now become integrated into the MBA program, highly international, highly flexible with strengths in a large number of areas, including healthcare, finance, real estate, and marketing- is helpful to keep in mind when writing this essay.Wharton has a lot to offer and, while some have characterized it as a CFO school, a finance school, a Wall Street school, all too some extent true, this is not so helpful when you consider that, for example, Sundar Pichai, Google’s guy in charge of Chrome, Android, and Google Apps, is a Wharton alumnus.If you are having difficulty determining what your goals are and/or why you need an MBA in general, please see my analysis of Stanford Essay B.In that post I provide a detailed method for thinking about goals and need for an MBA.Wharton is a huge program with so many strengths that the point is not to think about some big overall image of the school, but to focus on what you want to get out of it. Keep in mind that Wharton is much bigger than HBS because of the undergraduate program.The range of courses, research, and opportunities is huge.The point is to provide a specific game plan on how you will use Wharton for your professional and personal growth. Professional means providing Wharton with a clear understanding about what you want from your professional future.In other words, what do you want to do and/or how do you want grow as a professional? Think widely about what you want from a Wharton MBA.In this post, I analyze the essay questions for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2020 admission.You can find testimonials from my clients admitted to Wharton in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 here.