Read the Damn Email! A Missed Face-to-Face Opportunity with Wharton

Yeah, so I recently missed an opportunity due to reading too fast (NOTE TO SELF: get that together before the GMAT).

A few days ago I was writing some marketing copy at work when I received an email about an opportunity to meet representatives from Wharton in my city.  I was juggling tasks between integrating the operations of a new acquisition into our support ticket system and getting marketing messaging ready for an upcoming software release; so needless to say, I was pressed for time. I read the email, skimmed for the link, and clicked the link.

When the link opened, it was a page on the website advertising 3 events for prospective Wharton students. The closest one to me was in San Francisco. I thought to myself, I’m not going to San Francisco to meet with student reps. This is Los Angeles; surely, they’ll send someone here before it’s time for me to apply. I shrugged, closed Gmail and got back to work.

Several days later I’m cleaning out my spam arrest inbox for messages where the sender had not yet verified their email address, but I still wanted. I see the Wharton email and manually approve it with a few others so that all future emails from that address will bypass the spam filter. Since I’m afflicted with MBA obsession, I re-read the email that I’ve already read–or have I?

In very explicit terms were directions to click on a tab for a COFFEE CHAT once I got to the web page. So I click the link again, click the coffee chat link and viola, I come to a page listing about 20 or so coffee chats with Wharton student representatives, including one for Los Angeles! So I click the link for the Los Angeles chat to see status: event full. WTH??? This is deja vu from a similar incident earlier this spring where I missed out on a opportunity to attend a local Berkeley Haas info session. *growl*. I’ve got to do better.

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6 Comments on “Read the Damn Email! A Missed Face-to-Face Opportunity with Wharton”

  1. Brandon Says:

    Hey Over30! I enjoy your blog thus far and plan to apply for the 2013 class, too. Over the course of my soul-searching I’ve come up with this one-liner… I want to go to a school that teaches me how to turn an idea into concrete strategy and action. Cast aside the “networking” and all the other marketing material you’re fed about MBA programs — Which schools most effectively teach students to DO? If I wanted to start / buy a widget company or create a real estate empire, or whatever idea my brain could come up with… which school could really teach me to execute on that idea??? I feel like your school consideration process is very thoughtful and perhaps you’ve thought of this idea as well.


    • mbaover30 Says:

      Hello Brandon. I’m glad you like the blog. I couldn’t agree with your idea more. I’m not looking for an academic experience. I’m looking for an experience that prepares me for action and maximizes my access to the people and resources that can further assist me with that. Make sure you subscribe for updates!


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