An MBA’s Morning Routine
- by Sara Worland
This may sound ridiculous, but one of my biggest concerns when coming to Wharton was, “So … how do I get to campus?”
For the 98.174 percent (unconfirmed) of the Wharton MBA population living in Center City, you are looking at a one- to two-mile trek to Huntsman Hall. You may be thinking, “A mile!?! How am I going to roll out of bed after a long night studying/recruiting/partying/Netflix marathoning?!?”
Short answer: You’re not.
But, like everything else in MBA land, you have some choices:
1. Cab: This is your roll-out-of-bed option. Cabs are plentiful in Philly, and you’ll have no trouble wrangling up a few other Wharton students to split the fare. Just look for those red Wharton water bottles!
2. Trolley: For those that live near Market St., this is actually one of the quickest door-to-door options.
3. Bus: Beware of the 20-minute window before class starts. The bus can get crowded. Not for the weak.
4. Wharton Bus (TBD): One of my typical overachiever classmates set up a pilot for a Wharton-only bus! Problem-solving in Action.
5. Bike: Philly is a super bike-friendly city.
6. Walk: This is my default choice. Door to door for me is just under 1.5 miles—25 minutes power walking. While that seems like a lot of time to waste, I enjoy the walk and use the time to process my day ahead, update my to-do list, practice my pitch for recruiting events (aka, talk to myself like a crazy person), and even catch up on assignments. And on the way back to Center City, I walk with a friend and chat about the always eventful day.
Here’s my walk:
Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the Wharton MBA Program’s Student Diarist blog on Nov. 15, 2013.