I see HBS and Stanford as unlikely reaches
, unless there is some highly unusual or truly outstanding work-related factor that really sets you apart. NYU and Columbia would be reasonable reaches, I believe, and not necessarily close ones. To shift into management consulting, some other programs to consider that would be in the closer reasonable-reach to on-par range, would be Ross, UCLA, Darden, and Duke.
Regarding the non-work activities, I don’t suggest starting something now just to fill in a perceived weakness in your profile – adcoms are extremely skeptical about such initiatives that could be seen to be done o fill in for b-school applications. Rather, show yourself to be an involved community member in informal ways if possible.
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