Judith Silverman Hodara is co-Founder and director of Fortuna Admissions, a leading MBA admissions consulting firm.
During her time leading the admissions team at Wharton School’s MBA Program, Judith headed up the Admissions Committee, reviewed thousands of applications, and traveled extensively to meet with prospective students throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
What unique skills or traits are you bringing to the discussion at Wharton?
Why do you need to be the person having these discussions?
The new second question, then, is an invitation to serve up something more personal.
It really allows you to reflect, and offer additional information and insights that don’t appear elsewhere in your application: “Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application.
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.
I’ll tell you why, along with some key tips for tackling Wharton’s new essay for a standout application. When Wharton says in its introduction to essays, “The Admissions Committee wants get to know you on both a professional and personal level” – it really means it.
It’s first essay question remains the same, asking “What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA?