Thanks you for your insight. I came to the same conclusion myself, and canceled my impending appointment.
Do you think its prudent to address my GMAT scores in the "additional information" section of the application, pointing to my strong academic performance as a true indication of my quantitative abilities? Or should I not highlight it?
I find it interesting that you feel my experience would be a handicap at HBS...I am interested in why you think that is the case. I see it as a plus...I have much to share experience wise with the class.
I have focused most all my energy on HBS and MIT, mainly for two reasons: 1) at this stage of my career, if I am going to go to business school, I want to do it right and get into a program that will have the most impact, and 2) we have family in Boston...with a wife and child, we will need the support during those two years, thus my focus on that area.
You're welcome. I wouldn't "address" your GMAT. I don't think you have anything to address.
The schools aim their programs and career services to people at a certain stage of their career. The typical HBS student matriculates at age 26 with 4 years of experience. You are considerably beyond that. Since I don't believe that younger people apply to HBS disproportionately, I suspect that it prefers applicants with less experience. Remember HBS prides itself on providing a transformational experience. Younger people are more maleable and transformable.
Other schools have average ages at matricualtion of up to 30-31. I think they have a slightly different view of experience. They probably value it more. Obviously if you have reasons to want to stay in Boston, then you should try for HBS, but do so realistically.
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