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A Day in the Life: Wharton Student at UPenn

A Day in the Life: Wharton Student at UPenn

(“I Wanna Be In Love With
You” By Blue Wednesday) ♪ Oh I wanna be in love with you ♪ ♪ I wanna be in love with you ♪ ♪ I wanna see you getting through ♪ ♪ That’s what the Lord said to me ♪ ♪ I wanna take you by the hand ♪ ♪ Try to make you understand ♪ ♪ Why you’re living in the demon and ♪ ♪ Trust me ♪ ♪ Well, yeah ♪ ♪ Oh I wanna be in love with you ♪ ♪ I wanna be in love with you ♪ – Hey guys, my name is
Peter Wang Hjemdahl. I’m a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I’m studying finance
and business analytics, with a minor in economics. I wake up usually at nine,
ten a.m. in the morning. I take a couple phone calls. And then I usually have
classes anywhere between one class or three to four
classes on a daily basis, depends on the day. After class, usually I
grab food with friends, usually have a couple meetings, and then, you know, have some calls with some people in Asia
or in the Asia-Pacific. And go to sleep usually
for 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. So, yeah. [gentle piano music] – Tell me a little bit about
why you picked Wharton. – So I picked Wharton,
I think, because it’s, a really good balance between, both a business education but
also a liberal arts education. ‘Cause the way I think about it, business is really a
means to an end, right? It’s a skill-set, it’s a trade, but you gotta apply it to an end. And that end is the other side
of the Wharton curriculum, which is like the liberal arts curriculum, in which you have a lot of flexibility to kinda pursuing that end. Whether it be environment,
be social justice. So I think it’s a really
good kinda good balance to have that, to get that
trade really honed in, but also apply that to something else. That’s basically why I chose Wharton. I think the Wharton classes
are mostly very skill based, as oppose to like your minors or the other things you have going on. It’s very, learning
about the world overall. So I think, that’s a great balance. – So what are the requirements
for the Wharton degree? And like how does that balance with the liberal arts part of it? – So on the business side
of things, the 50% of it, – Right. – A big part of that is core classes, so you have Accounting 101, Marketing, Operations Management, Finance 100. So you really get that core skill-set of a business person, right? But also you have a concentration, which is four classes as opposed to a major at other schools. So concentration is only really a semester worth of classes. And on the liberal arts side you have requirements in the fields, like science, societal, arts and
culture, stuff like that. – So it’s not a strictly,
you can only study business if you’re at Wharton, you can really study anything you want, and you’re also getting that skill-set. – Yeah exactly, well you obviously have to do a concentration, you have to require those core classes. You know, just looking,
I approach a problem now, as opposed to four years ago in so much more of a systematic way than I’ve done previously. And I think that’s because
of the rigorous analytical skill set we build
through different classes, in like both core but also
concentration classes, on the business side of things. (relaxed hip-hop music) – [Interviewer] Tell me a little bit about your extra-curriculars here. – Greek life is pretty big here at Penn. I think around 20, 30% of
people are in Greek life, and I’m in a business fraternity, so it’s a co-ed fraternity,
both, guys and girls as well, and people with a passion
of business, as well. And I have this, where my
main group of friends are, we go drinking, we’ll go do sports, we’ll go apple picking, last weekend. I mean there’s just a lotta like– – Nice!
– Yeah, just group of friends basically. I think even from the professional
point of view, there’s, outwards facing versus
inwards facing organizations, for example Wharton Council, or like Wharton
Undergraduate Finance Club. They organize events
for the Penn community, as opposed to other
organizations that are based at Penn, but do work outside. And there’s a lot of
consulting clubs on campus, in which, there’s groups or teams of student consultants who consult for start-ups, for companies. I am part of one of those called Penn Social Entrepreneurship Movement. So this semester I’m actually working with an urban design firm. – Great!
– On the outskirts of Philadelphia. So they do environmentally friendly, design of spaces,
creative design of spaces. So that’s one example of
something I’m involved in, but I’m very much involved
in the social impact stuff, but there’s so much, I
mean, there’s everything. I personally think I look
at Penn as a jump-board, like a springboard to the outside. I really wanna use my philosophy, with coming here and being here, is like using this as a springboard to jump to professional
world, something like that. So the involvements I do
engage in professionally are the ones that engage
with the real world and there’s a lot of opportunities for that at Penn either, or. So this area overall is the
most historic area of Penn. That one over there, the College Hall, is the oldest building we have on campus. And then behind you have Houston Hall, which is now a dining
hall but also a workspace. But yeah, this is the
oldest part of campus and I think the prettiest as well. – Cool let’s check it out. – Cool. (relaxed jazz-funk music) – [Interviewer] So we saw you this summer. Tell me a little about
your summer internship. – So my summer internship
was with a consulting firm that dedicated itself to
social impact and development. So it’s called Dalberg
Global Development Advisors, and they work with basically big players in national development like
United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Agency for
International Development, other big bilateral aid agencies, to work on projects in
developing countries. And I was basically helping them design a strategy for community health financing as well as for the financing
of clean cook stoves. I mean this is what I’m
really passionate about. – Right.
– I think the point of summer internship is really kinda proving
or using it as a test, a two month test to see whether or not you like that industry, I’ve done that test multiple times at different places. So I signed, the offer,
I got a return offer from my summer employer– – Hey, congrats! – Thank you, thank you. So I signed the offer, but with one year flexibility, in which I can actually pursue
my own company for a year. So I have a start-up myself. It’s a social enterprise, focusing on the informal recycling industry in India, so I’m hoping to pursue that. So the President of the
University of Pennsylvania is Amy Gutmann and she has a prize called the President’s Innovation Prize. That’s a $150,000 for a
graduating Penn senior, who wants to pursue a social
enterprise going forward. So I’m basically in the
running for that prize, I wanna get that, and if I get that then I
have the money for myself but also for the company
to work on it for a year and then join Dalberg, which is the firm I was working at this
summer, after that year. It’s not a traditional career path. I think a lot of people come to Wharton to do finance, to do corporate
business development, within big multi-national companies, but I think that with the growing field of business, there’s
so many more opportunities. And I think that there’s
a space for everybody. – [Interviewer] So what would you say has been the most surprising
thing about Wharton? – So one special thing
about Penn that is different than any other Ivy League or
any other school in America, is that I think it’s
super interdisciplinary. In the sense that you have
a lot of academic programs that do both things. For example, there’s the
M&T program that does, it’s a dual degree between Wharton and computer science engineering. There’s the Huntsman
Program which is between international studies and Wharton. So there’s a lot of cross-cutting. I think Penn really provides that place where you can explore a bunch of things, but also be good at those
things at the same time. My advice is really kinda
if you wanna do something, pursue business, or something like that, just if you see something
that’s interesting, try to pursue it and try to do it, and then you’ll fail but then
you’ll learn from it right? So yeah. (upbeat jazz-funk music) If you like this video guys, feel free to check out
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48 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: Wharton Student at UPenn

  1. Could Crimson Education please upload the life of a medical student of every top University in the US?
    I know Crimson Education has uploaded a few experiences of medical students of many universities, but, the more the better. Great work! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this I wished you make a video on Wharton especially undergrad and you did I been researching about Wharton and it’s mine dream school

  3. He is so right about using college as a springboard. This is the time to connect with as many people as you can. Not only will it help you professionally, but you will also find some really good people in there, friends you might have missed.

  4. Could you also do the College of Arts and Sciences for UPenn as well? Amazing video. These are really informative and help me get a feel of each school without leaving my house.

  5. Why did you choose Penn? "Because it is the perfect balance between a business and a liberal-" you chose it to make bank, ok let's be real. You wouldn't go there if the acceptance rate fell below 15 percent

  6. It's kinda funny that his people big him up for pursing a college education. But when it comes to my black ass trying to make it in this society. I get hated on both sides of the fence. Especially with my own kind and that's the hate I get from black people. But I gotta get mine regardless. I'm not relying on welfare and government assistance to help me out anymore. In Jesus name. I will make it for God and my daughter in Jesus name.

  7. Some people in these comments make me notice that people don’t realize this is the most competitive business school, arguably, in the world. It is more prestigious then Harvard.

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