I’ve got 2 essays due March 15 for Wharton. I’ve got to rework my main essay a bit from being my absolute truth from the last 5 years, to demonstrating how past frustrations & failures (although there’s no such thing as failures, just approaches that didn’t work) have given me the insights and drive to realize my vision.
In my second essay I’ve got to convey my business vision and show how my past work experience and extracurricular activities contribute to it & why Wharton will give me the tools to realize it.
Top schools screen hard for leadership and community service because they’re pretty effective predictors of future leadership success, so I’ve got to position my background to communicate these traits. These schools maintain their reputation by pumping out leaders, A-players, so that’s what they’re looking for.
I’m still torn. If the Wharton door opened to me (with a 10% transfer admission rate, it probably won’t), taking it would be the smart thing to do. Well I’ll put everything I have into the admissions process and see how it all plays out. These are all long shots & I have nothing to lose if they say no.
My current thought process: If I beat the odds & got into an Ivy League school, I’ll seriously consider that option. If not, I’ll get a business degree with music industry/composition minors somewhere with sunny weather (LA/Miami). If one of my PA schools comes through with a great financial aid offer and it would cost like $10K to finish an undergrad degree, I’ll use financial aid to get a place in the city, and then do the big spend/move out of PA on a grad degree.
If I had any balls whatsoever I would buy a van, find 2–5 like-minded fools who can play their asses off, get skinny as shit from eating vegetarian taco bell once a day, and do nothing but play & write music, tour & have a blast, then probably freeze to death alone on a park bench in the Dakotas, but die having known I gave it my all.