An MBA’s Morning Routine

This may sound ridiculous, but one of my biggest concerns when coming to Wharton was, “So … how do I get to campus?”

Google Maps' route to campus

Google Maps’ route 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:

 

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Head down Samson.

 

 

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Grab a hot beverage. Walk past 2401 Walnut, our home away from Huntsman.

 

 

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Over the Schuylkill River.

 

 

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Catch up on some class reading while walking. Turns out we learn about more than just banks. (Thank goodness!)

 

 

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Almost there …

 

 

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The campus really is beautiful in the fall.

 

 

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Best part of the morning, Locust Walk.

 

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Mornin’, Ben!

 

 

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Into Huntsman.

 

 

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And I made it! Ready for another great day at Wharton!

 

 

Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the Wharton MBA Program’s Student Diarist blog on Nov. 15, 2013.

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