Wharton came to Lagos!!! I was going through my admissions log (a cute notebook I use to keep track of all things related to MBA admissions) when I realized I hadn’t shared my experience from the session.
I was really impressed by the event, there were roughly 10-15 applicants, 7 alumni and the director of admissions. It was less of a lecture/ sales pitch and more of a question-and-answer session. With the exception of 1 or 2 fellows with really annoying questions better suited for google than alums and admissions personnel, I would say the questions were really enlightening. Here’s what I added to my long list of Wharton-related admission advice.
- Don’t take the GMAT more than 3 times, they start averaging your scores rather than using the highest after that – admissions director
- Be honest, but embellish creatively on your essays. Especially if you only have a general idea of where you want to be after your MBA rather than specifics – alum
- There has to be something in your past that connects to the future you want, let it shine through in your essays – alum
- As long as your GMAT scores are not terribly poor, you can still get in, just make the most of your essays – alum
- Work experience: focus on qualitative measures i.e. what you’ve done, how you’ve grown not on quantitative measures of how long you’ve worked. You just need to show that you’ve worked long enough to decide on the next step of your career regardless of how long that actually is – admissions director
I’m still waiting for a reply to my email on one of the questions I had, which had to be referred to another person. And I got the contact details of some of the alums, I’m still working on my pitch to get them to review my essays. I just have to write the essay first. After I write my GMAT. After I’m satisfied with my study.
Long list of ‘afters‘, it all boils down to the fact that I’m still not happy with my practice exam scores, I’m averaging 680 (Q48, V37). Love the quant score, hate the verbal score. I’m scheduled to write this exam on Friday. Any pointers/ suggestions, especially on how to improve my verbal score will be appreciated.