Waitlisted Again At Wharton
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: