First Year Three Pearls of Wisdom

Dear Wharton MBA Class of 2021,

Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS on being admitted into the best business school in the world!  Acknowledge the privilege that comes with being a part of this institution.  As I reflect on my first year at Wharton, I thought I’d share some advice on what to do to make the most out of your first year.

  1. Be selective and strategic about the clubs (both personally and professionally) that you choose to join.  Consider the clubs that you are genuinely interested in, intend to be an active member of, and perhaps desire to take on a leadership role in.  I watched so many classmates get overzealous when signing up for clubs all to never show up to one boxing class the entire year.  Do yourself a favor and save your coins!
  2. Do not be afraid to ask for help.  Seek out all of the resources available to you so that you can perform at your best academically during your time at Wharton.  As someone who has struggled personally with test taking environments in the past, I found that requesting the additional support that I needed via Wharton’s academic advisors, study groups, and tutorial services was essential to getting me through my first year.
  3. Explore new travel destinations.  I had the opportunity to go on three wonderful student led treks last year: the Israel, Japan, and West Africa treks.  One of my most memorable first year experiences was an intimate gathering with the sixth director of Mossad (equivalent of the CIA) who is the grandfather of one of my learning team members.  He and his wife opened up their home for an informal discussion as a learning opportunity for a few of us who were on the trek.

This is simply a snapshot of my first-year journey.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to me should you want to further discuss my experience.

Good luck!






About Tala Al Jabri, WG'18

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