The insider's guide to the Jerome Fisher Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Why I Chose Penn and M&T: Jason, Class of 2015

by Jason K., M&T Class of 2015

by Jason K., M&T Class of 2015

After spending years honing your resume, hours perfecting college essays, and months nervously waiting, you finally receive the e-mail(s) that culminate your high school experience. Now comes the hard part. At the adolescent ages of sixteen through eighteen, you’re tasked with deciding where to spend your next four years as well as the $200,000 price tag that comes with it. With so much at stake, you’re no longer at the mercy of admissions officers; it’s the universities’ turn to make a convincing case why they deserve you.

The M&T Program is like a custom-tailored suit: it won’t fit everyone, but if it’s tailored for you, then it’ll fit pretty darn well. As a regular decision student, I chose M&T because it seemed like the program was perfectly designed for me. My (cheesy) M&T essay discussed my hesitation to commit to either business or engineering, but M&T merged the two, allowing me to pursue both simultaneously. Even more than just academics, it was the culture of M&T that really drew me to the program. Coming from a small high school (there were just 170 in my graduating class), I was nervous about the adjustment to a university where I’d just be a face among thousands. In M&T, I saw the opportunity to be instantly plugged in to a community with upperclassmen from whom I could seek advice and peers with whom I’d experience my next four years. Knowing that I wouldn’t have to embark on the journey on my own was a huge comfort; my peers were similarly highly-motivated, similarly incredible, and similarly interested in academic and career goals. I also admired the pre-professional focus: I came to college with my first job in mind, and there’s no better career services preparation than the education and degree that M&T provides.

M&T has offered me a unique college experience that no other college, not any top Ivy nor public university honor programs could rival. Rather than offering me a generic education or empty promises, M&T has addressed, and then proceeded to meet, each of my expectations and wishes in my college experience. As I tell the pre-frosh and prospective students I meet who ask “Why M&T?”, if you’re genuinely interested in business and genuinely interested in an engineering field, and could envision yourself at the intersection of the two, then there is no better program for you than the Management and Technology Program.

Jason is a current M&T sophomore in the Class of 2015. He studies Computer Science within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare his concentration in the Wharton School.

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