As of the time I’m writing this…I’ve been in Philly for about 2 weeks now….learning the lay of the land and getting my apt ready for me to probably never be as organized as I am than right now.
Anyhow, Philly has been great. Most Wharton MBA students live in/near Rittenhouse Square or at least in Center City. Philly is a foodie’s paradise (I’ve already had some awesome food) and everything is basically in walking distance, including Wharton.
Also, the public transportation system is great too. I have several different buses I can take on my same block or even when it gets cold I can take a subway/trolley.
My mother also traveled here with me to help me move in. So we had the chance, and a little bit of time to visit landmarks (like liberty bell) and had some world famous cheesesteaks.
Anyhow, before school began I had the opportunity to attend a retreat for minority Wharton Students. I was taken back by the commitment that Alums had for this event. So many alums (both recent and dated) came back to give us advice, traveling from far away. Also, current 2nd years and even administration gave us the lowdown on Wharton and brought us up to speed on life in Philly. I found out where I could get my hair done, go to church and find a delicious, cheap bite to eat. The best thing, was meeting my future classmates. We really got to know each other well and ended the weekend in a challenging leadership activity (that’s all I can say…its all a surprise for future classes).
Anyways, once that was over I had a week in Philly to hang out with classmates already in town. The best part of that was celebrating my birthday. My (future) classmates were so awesome supporting the celebration and EVEN getting Brown Betty Cupcakes (in addition to libations…). Anyways, I’m really excited to start school and really get into life about Philly! Hope anyone else moving (or even starting the application process) is having a great transition too!