Waitlisted Again At Wharton

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So I guess I’m going to Anderson.

As D-Day part two approached, I refused to make a big deal about this decision.  I didn’t stay up at night thinking about it.  I wasn’t checking my email every five minutes like I did last time.  I didn’t create any “positive imagery” and in fact had a lot of “negative imagery” in my head, to potentially help blunt a negative outcome.  And while the build-up to the decision was completely different this time around, my result was exactly the same.

The wording of the decision was slightly different:  the letter said I’m a great, talented candidate… yada yada yada… and that the class of 2013 was already full.  The school said they would distribute another “final” decision on or before July 18th (which basically means on July 18th).  Problem is, I plan to give notice at work about a month before that.

At the end of the day, regardless of how formal the email, the school just doesn’t want me that badly.  And I need to move on.  There are a slew of things I need to get started on, including and not limited to:

  • Reaching out to Career Services and charting out an initial career path
  • Studying / preparing to waive accounting courses
  • Finalizing my housing plans / getting a roommate
  • Preparing for an international trip this summer
  • Ramping down my activities at work

I really can’t sacrifice my career progress for what is now essentially a crap shoot.

Congratulations to all of you who did get off the waitlist.  As for me, it seems that Wharton and I were not meant to be.  I’m starting to see the writing on the wall and I can’t deny it anymore.  Sitting on a waitlist is painful torture, but after this point, any pain I suffer is self-inflicted.  I’ll probably pull myself off the summer waitlist soon, but I’ll definitely consult my friends / recommenders before doing so.

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mark Wong from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Selected posts by Wong at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test

Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy

With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus

Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You?

I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It!

Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons

After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying

MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali

Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines

Should Everyone Apply to Harvard Business School?

The Final Click Is The Hardest Click: Sending In My Application

A Punch to the Gut: Bad Reviews On His Draft Essays

MBA Essay Writing: Draining the Life Out of Me

Beginning to Realize You Can Never Write The Perfect MBA Essay

With Wharton and UCLA Apps Done, He Feels Like a Zombie

Taking Back His Life After Sacrificing Health, Time & Sanity

Slammed with Business School Spam Thanks to GMAC

Getting an Invite for An Interview from Berkeley’s Haas School

UCLA’s Anderson School Asks Our Blogger To Interview

A Ding From Harvard Business School

After a Harvard Ding, Good News in a Cryptic Email from Wharton

Another Ding: First Harvard, Now Berkeley’s Haas School Says No

Surviving the Wait Game

Why I’m Going to Get an MBA

Attending UCLA’s Admit Weekend

Navigating the Realities of the Wait List

Dumping His GMAT Books On Amazon

  • http://poetsandquants.com/members/bschool13/ bschool2013

    No shame in going to Anderson. My brother graduated from there in 2007, I always enjoyed visiting him in Westwood. :)

  • http://poetsandquants.com/members/tim71/ Tim

    You’re going to get a top-notch education in a city that will be far more fun than Philly. Think about it:
     Mexican Food
     Great Beaches
     Disneyland, Knott’s Berry, Magic Mountain, Universal
     The weather – Check the temp. in Philly in January…
     Larger city with job opportunities
     Beautiful campus and area (Westwood)
     School with a great reputation.

    Wharton is a great school, but there’s no shame in going to UCLA. Go to L.A. and enjoy yourself while you earn a world-class degree.

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