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Great post and a tremendous achievement...at any age! Wanted to mention Stanford GSB for the college kids. They take both direct and deferred enrollment.
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admission/college_seniors.html

Agree with you about the concerns with respect to the Yale program. My bigger issue would be starting with one class and finishing with another...I think it kind of robs you of the bonds you'll form with your classmates over two years.
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And the member of the month award goes to......
Awesome post bro!
I am one of the people who were craving for someone like you who made it when they were 24-25.
Heartiest congratulations and I hope to follow your footsteps!
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Amazing post, aerien! I can relate to so much of what you're saying as a fellow 24 year old. I had a few friends applying to 2+2 and Silver Scholars during our senior year of college and, fearing the tough job market and lacking direction as a liberal arts student, I almost jumped on the MBA application bandwagon with them. My academic advisor was the one who set me in the right direction; she actually got her MBA right after school and really regretted not having a few years of work experience and advised me to work for a few years first.

2.5 years of work experience later, I'm very glad I took my academic advisor's advice. Even though I'm not in the position I want to be long-term, I've matured a lot and gained so many valuable professional skills and have a much better idea of what I want to do. Would I benefit from an MBA even more if I waited another year or two to apply? Maybe, my Tuck rejection letter actually seemed to imply as much (a select portion of rejected applicants are told to reapply with Tuck coaching and another year of experience). While I do think some professional work experience is probably helpful for the majority of applicants (if partly to help defray the hefty burden of student loans!), I really don't think the average 5-6 years at most schools is necessary for all.

I also agree with kingfalcon's advice. I think there can sometimes be a lot of pressure to take a more "traditional" career path in order to set yourself up well for business school. Beyond the sound wisdom that you shouldn't pick a path purely out of a sense of obligation, the irony is that you may make it harder to distinguish your application later on. You'll see so many posts on these forums saying that traditional candidates in consulting, finance, etc. often have to work that much harder to stand out. Working at a non-profit or start-up could be a valuable experience in its own right, with the perk of being a bit more unique on your application.
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One piece of advice I have for future young applicants: worry more about your quality (and, to some extent, quantity) of work experience than your age. While I will "only" be 25 at matriculation, I will have more than four years of work experience at that point. I had always worried that the disconnect between my age (admittedly young) and years of work experience (pretty typical) would negatively impact my admissions results, but thankfully it hasn't.
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Thanks, kingfalcon! Those are 2 pieces of great advice. If anyone else has anymore, keep them coming and I'll update my post with the compilation.

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kingfalcon wrote:
One piece of advice I have for future young applicants: worry more about your quality (and, to some extent, quantity) of work experience than your age. While I will "only" be 25 at matriculation, I will have more than four years of work experience at that point. I had always worried that the disconnect between my age (admittedly young) and years of work experience (pretty typical) would negatively impact my admissions results, but thankfully it hasn't.


This is exactly right. I'll have only 3 years of full-time work experience when I start school, but the quality was definitely there. It is INCUMBENT on you to explain (in a non-esoteric way) the value you bring to your business. In many cases, you might have job responsibilities typically reserved for people of a higher title or several years your senior. You need to explain this via your resume very clearly. Additionally, you need to work with your rec writers to help make this story cohesive.

Furthermore, you do NOT have to address your age in your essay. If you have high quality experience, that will speak enough for you. You need to show very concrete career goals and have an explicit conception of what you plan to do with your MBA and why NOW (without addressing age).

I'm happy to answer questions via PM. My profile is here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/2013-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-136339-40.html#p1180558.
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Kudos ! Very informative post !
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Great post, as a young applicant it's nice to see/hear about some success stories.

Thank you, and congratulations.
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This is an awesome post..

It's a great read for anyone in a similar situation. 1-6 are all spot on!
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Tremendous Post.
Thank you for the advice.

- Stone Cold (Another young applicant)
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