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Tech-focused profile evaluation & age question

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Tech-focused profile evaluation & age question [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 21:43
Thanks in advance for giving me your perspective on my candidacy. I am applying R1 to a group of schools already, and am finalizing my recommenders, but wanted your validation of my choices and to ask a specific question about H/S.

MY PROFILE:
* Hispanic American
* Married Male
* Age: will be 32 at matriculation
* 3.5 GPA from Major State School; double majored in two humanities
* GMAT: 750 (Q: 48; V: 45); 6 AWA; 8 IR
* Work: 7 years in small digital media/internet marketing companies/roles in NYC; 2 years (will be at matriculation) in professional services in Silicon Valley (not MBB but not junk either)
* Extras: pretty solid volunteering teaching music to underprivileged teens; concert musician
* Goal: work at major blue chip technology company on West Coast in a marketing, BD, or product role; eventually do something entrepreneurial in digital home/streaming content space

SCHOOLS I AM APPLYING TO NOW:
Haas (first choice)
Wharton
Kellogg
Ross
Anderson
Marshall (last choice)

MY QUESTION: Am I correct in assuming that my age (again, 32 at matriculation) essentially makes me a longshot at Harvard and Stanford? Would there be any point in applying? Obviously, given my dream of being in Tech, Stanford would be the #1 choice.... but I don't want to waste time/money on pointless applications and make my Wharton, Kellogg, etc. essays suffer for it.

Thanks for your view!
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Re: Tech-focused profile evaluation & age question [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 17:14
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Hi!

Thanks for your profile info. I think your school choices are solid based on your background and interests, and the list is really well balanced. I wouldn't say that your age is going to make or break your H/S applications, but I would say these schools are leaning slightly younger these days. That said, they're not going to rule out an exceptional candidate just based on age. And you're not that old :) I always think it doesn't hurt to have one dream school on the list, but seven is a lot of schools...

Here's my suggestion: stick with your current list. Do the best job you can on each of these apps. If you get done with time to spare in R2, throw in a GSB application. But I wouldn't put a whole ton of energy and resources into it at the expense of one of the other, more realistic schools. Just my two cents, for what it's worth!

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