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Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2010, 20:40
I have a great opportunity that I am considering, but it would require a work commitment through September of next year. The opportunity fits into my long term goals perfectly (i.e., it would help prepare me for the career that I want post b school, which is working as an equities research analyst) as it would give me significant exposure to the markets that I want to cover. I was planning on applying this fall and then in theory would matriculate next September. The catch is that I wouldn't be able to attend class until late September. So, is this a "no-go" for applying this year if I really want to do the opportunity as most schools start the first week in September? Also, I am 29 now, will be 30 when I apply this fall, and would be 31 when I matriculate. If I have to wait a year because of the dates, then I would be one year older when I apply (31 years old). Does this change my chances much of being accepted? I know I would be at a slight disadvantage at 30, but would 31 be much of a difference from 30? I have the "why xyz school, why now," part down in the application, its just if the age is a big factor then I may not take the opportunity. Any thoughts or suggestions would be very helpful.
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Re: Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2010, 19:36
I guess the real question here is whether applying at 30 vs 31 will have much of an impact on my chances of getting into a top 10. Can any of the older applicants please chime in?
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Re: Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2010, 03:51
I can guarantee you that you won't be able to miss the month of September. I highly doubt the school will even consider it. You would end up so behind on EVERYTHING (classes, networks, clubs) that you could never catch up.

As for your second question, no 30 or 31 yrs old, it won't matter.

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Can't speak to all schools but .... at booth, given that classes are 10 weeks at length, and that, really, the last two weeks are final exams and reading week, missing an entire month of courses would be nearly impossible to recover from. You'd likely miss the midterms, or at best have a week to cram for them, you'd have missed all of the homeworks, you wouldn't have a study group (if one is required) -- odds are, you'd be listed as failing the course before you ever set foot in the door. I think, at best, you'd MAYBE eek out a C, if you absolutely killed yourself for the last four weeks. Academic probation seems likely. On top of that, you'd miss out on a TRUCKLOAD of resume writing events, career networking activities, company presentations, etc. Moreover, friendships are forged quickly. Missing a month of school on the front end is going to make you feel like an outsider.

Can you not negotiate with the firm? Seems like they would understand, and were talking about a month difference - not six months.
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Re: Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2010, 07:52
Thanks for the insight...I had no idea. It makes perfect sense though. I've communicated my desires to the HR group, so we'll see if they will allow a different completion date.

In the worst case scenario that they will not allow me to finish before the September date, what would each of you do in the situation? From Refurb, I get the sense that its probably better to do the opportunity given that there really isnt a difference in me applying at the age of 30 or 31. Thanks again for any advice...I've been toiling over this one for a couple of days.
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Re: Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 18:59
I talked to UNC about missing the second half of orientation week and they said only if I'm getting married or dealing with a family death. I can't see them allowing any missed classes.
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Re: Predicament with class start dates [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2010, 16:21
Good to know - thanks
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