PagalGuy, the Indian MBA web site, has published an excellent interview with Wharton’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Thomas Caleel. Covering everything from pre-term to reapplication, the interview is lengthy, thorough, and as usual with Thomas Caleel, thoughtful and informative. If you are interested in Wharton, you really need to read it. Here is a snippet.
“I think it’s very important to realize that, each person is very unique and there is no such thing as the typical Indian applicant. If you gave me five typical Indian engineer applicants, I could talk to them and show you five very different unique individuals who’ve done very different things in their lives. People get a little caught up with ‘how do I compare’. Whereas they should be thinking of is, how do I tell my story? How do I show the Admissions Committee who I am? So what I would say to the first applicant, your stereotypical IT engineer, talk about your strengths, why you’re going back to school, where you see Wharton benefiting and helping as you move in your career. One question from most Indian applicants is that what if I already have a MBA? We know that the educational system in India is a little different and that’s fine. We have many admits every year from India who already have an MBA.”
Dave of the Journey to my MBA Blog, which is an extensive MBA admissions reference, has a detailed post on how he is planning out and scheduling his MBA application campaign. I am not sure that all of you would follow his detailed suggestions and plan, but he is certainly laying out the basic process that all of you should follow. He has a number of key steps:
- Start by doing your research i.e., know your goals, why you want an MBA, and why you have chosen to apply to the schools you are applying to.
- Break down the application process into small manageable tasks and work backwards from the deadlines, acknowledging that you will need to work, sleep, eat, and breath while completing the applications.
- Fill in the deadlines and other important dates.
- Schedule the different and smaller tasks so that the entire application is finished before the deadline.