Nick Boccardi expected to learn about business at Wharton, but he also learned how to be innovative. “I never used to think of myself as a creative person. I think that was largely because I defined creative as artistic,” he said. “Through my coursework and extracurricular involvement I’ve discovered that I am a creative problem solver, something that will help me in any business setting.”

3 best things about Wharton

  • Micro-communities — There are always ways to meet people with common interests or new backgrounds.
  • Innovation — Penn pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Faculty members do research in a variety of fields and are the leading experts in those fields. Students can work with professors on different research projects or pursue their own research and academic interests.
  • Experiential Learning — For example, in a marketing class, you might work in small teams to consult for a Fortune 500 company on the launch of a new product.

What I want to do with my business education

Growing up playing a lot of video games and tinkering with electronics, I can see myself having a happy career working with consumer electronics. The great thing about a business education is that it you can apply the knowledge to many different industries.

Favorite place on campus

My favorite place on campus is the Rodin Rooftop Lounge. Each of the three high-rise buildings has a rooftop lounge on the 25th floor. There are glass windows from the ceiling to the floor with a beautiful panoramic view of Center City Philadelphia. Students use the rooftop lounge as a quiet study space.

Favorite Class

My favorite class was “The Literature of Success: Ethical and Historical Perspectives” with Professor G. Richard Shell in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics department. The course aims to answer two questions: What does success mean to me? How can I achieve my definition of success? The whole college experience is a journey of self-discovery, but this class does an excellent job of guiding you in the right direction – whatever that means for you!

Favorite Activity

My favorite activity is the Wharton undergraduate cohort system, which I joined as a freshman and now serve as co-chair. The cohort system creates smaller communities within and among class years.

Posted: June 20, 2016

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