Starting today, we’ll be featuring b-school advice gleaned from one of Manhattan GMAT’s own. Until recently, Patty managed marketing and student services for our sister company, Manhattan LSAT. But she chose to return to business school and started at Wharton last fall. She has agreed to share her application experiences with us in a series called, “Patty’s Path to Wharton.”
Even as an undergraduate, Patty knew she wanted to go to grad school. The complicated question was when. “I had always been very mindful that my Yale degree is probably not going to get me to where I want to go,” she says. As she made her way into the consulting industry, Patty found herself unsatisfied with her skill set, and she wanted both a broader network and a more fundamental understanding of business principles. While she still believes a liberal arts degree is great in many ways, “there are gaps in my fundamental education,” she explains. She’d hit a plateau, and business school could get her to the next level.
I needed the perspective from a little more life experience, but also from being around people who are very intelligent, from a lot of different walks of life, but who all share the same principles. And they bring a wealth of experience to the table, so you’re able to solve a problem 8 different ways. It became very clear there was a lot more I wanted to learn. I was on the right path, but it would take me a long time to get there. I wanted to learn all I wanted to learn, but in a fashion that was very cohesive and tight.
But before applying, Patty needed a firm sense of her goals for business school. “Until I knew what I wanted to do with my degree I wasn’t going to go,” she says.
Unless you know what you want to do it’ll be haphazard—you’ll end up recruiting for everything. I wanted to have a clear sense of where my gaps were and what I wanted to do with the degree going forward. The cool part of business school is the unspoken, “You’ve been doing that for 4 years? I didn’t even know you could do that!” It opens your eyes to what you want to do and what you can do.
For a good timeline for applying to business school, look here.