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Not sure if this is the right place for this but I'm going to go with it.
I've seen some posts on here for older applicants, and I was just curious am I the only "young" applicant.
I'll be 24 when I start my mba program in the fall and will only have 2 years of full time work experience. Anyone in the same boat? Anyone have any thoughts on overcoming the pitfalls of being a "young" applicant.
Good luck on all of your applications, unless you're competing with me for a spot! Just kidding.
Re: Young Applicants [#permalink]
19 Jan 2012, 08:09
I will be only 23 when I start next fall (hopefully) with only around a year and a half of work experience. I think the advice is much the same as it is for everyone. Make sure you know your story and can answer all of "Why MBA?"/"Why X school?"/"Why now?" questions.
One thing I've focused on is showing that I have the maturity to handle business school and will be able to collaborate with my potentially older peers. Another thing I think has benefited me in this process is selling my potential to schools. Older applicants can sell their experiences to the adcoms, and while you obviously cannot completely discount your own experiences, I have emphasised my drive and potential as a younger applicant. As is true with a lot of investments, the sooner you can get on the train of a successful investment, the more you will get out of it. That is kind of what I am pushing in my applications.
I'd love to hear what others in similar situations have to offer though.