Wharton School

Liu made it to Wharton with a scholarship and differentiated herself from the over-represented segment of Asian applicants

Wharton School
Liu had spent the past 3 years in banking and wealth management industry. She wanted to work with us to have a strong application for her dream schools.
Liu worked with us through our all-inclusive full support service. We learned more about her work managing the wealth of some of China’s most wealthy people.
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Applicant Persona

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Finance from a top 5 university in China
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Wealth Management Advisor at a Global Bank


Every business school strives to attract a diverse class of students from around the world. But usually, they cap the international student base at around 20-30% of the total class. With a high volume of applications from China, India, and Southeast Asia every year, this is one of the most competitive pools of candidates, with tons of applicants having stellar grades and work experience at prestigious firms. 

Further, the way business school applications work in the US and Europe is very different from what Asian applicants are used to. Candidates need to describe their life and work experiences in a way that reflects depth, clarity, and coherence, all while translating the nuances of Asian societies and work cultures into essays that the AdCom can relate to.

How Did Inspira Futures Help?

Building a storyline around the current global geopolitical climate

Our team started off by brainstorming Liu’s professional experiences with her. We learned more about her work managing the wealth for some of China’s most wealthy people. 

We realized that she had a first-hand view of the problem posed by global income inequality and this is something that she wanted to work on after her MBA. Our team helped her craft a story around that theme, surfacing and bringing together some really interesting anecdotes and stories along the way. Her final essays blended humor, current affairs, and a strong social message.

Reflecting her passion for bringing learnings from the East to her Wharton class

The last 30 years saw a huge surge in industrialization in Asia leading to advances in technology and policy, and changing societal beliefs. As our team was developing a persona for Shuning, we spent substantial time exploring these changes with her and discussing what impact they had on her life growing up. 

It was evident through these conversations that Liu was really passionate about sharing these learnings with her future peers at Wharton. The former Wharton AdCom members on our team encouraged Liu to reflect that in her application documents since a desire to contribute to the Wharton community is something the school really appreciates. When her application was done, these experiences not only reflected self-awareness but also Liu’s humility.


Liu applied to Kellogg, Tuck, Columbia, and The Wharton School. She got admits from Columbia, Tuck, and Wharton. She was offered a merit scholarship of $75,000 from Wharton and decided to pursue her MBA there.

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“When I started the MBA process I soon realized that I would need an MBA admission consultant because growing up in China I just had a different way of looking at things. Taking my experiences and smartly portraying in a way that the various American schools would understand is where Inspira Futures turned the tables for me. I didn’t realize so much about my own life experiences. My team at Inspira worked with me to not only bring out those stories but also guided me to share those realizations with my recommenders so that they also see that side of me. Getting into Wharton and Columbia has been my and my parents’ dream. I am so happy that I have been able to fulfill those. I really value Inspira’s help and would not have been able to get to this without their help.”

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