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30 year old, Asian American, indigent criminal defense(legal), sole proprietor of commodities based business (600k in yearly revenue), guest professor for pre-law at local branch of a state university.

GPA 3.2; GMAT 750, moderate to strong volunteer experience. Started an after school STEM program for lower socio economic demographic, big brother, gave seminars for expungements at state departments, ubran league and various local churches.

This cycle I applied to 6 schools, (2 rejections [Yale Emory], 2 rejections after interviews [NYU, Dartmouth], 1 waitlist [Darden], 1 acceptance [G-Town(No $)(consortium member)].

At the beginning of the cycle I was interested in Strategy Consulting, but with where I am at this stage of my life (age, married to NICU fellow, and about to start a family), it doesn't seem like an industry conducive to maintaining a healthy relationship.

The main weakness in my application (after feedback from Darden), weak explanation of personal brand, weak explanation for fit, and unclear Post-MBA career. This makes sense as I only spent a week banging out 6 essays (applied through the Consortium), as it was around the time I was getting married.

After some self inflection I believe that the best post-MBA options would be either A) federal consulting (more manageable hours and less travel compared to strategy) or B) corporate strategy (ie Amazon, Google) for the work/life balance.

Money is an issue but not a huge one (wife has no debt and will make $300k annually). I have over 100K saved.

Is it worth it to reapplying and if so what should be my target schools?

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Hi, and thanks for writing and sharing this information!

In your application, I think it's very important to make it as clear as possible WHY you want to go to bschool, and why now (especially since age 30 is above the average entry age for most programs and you'd be making a dramatic career switch). You want to make sure the schools know exactly what is driving your decision and what makes their programs a particularly strong fit for you (in terms of academics, professional, and personal resources).

While your age will make it a bit tough to reapply, the more effective you are at answering the questions above (in your interviews and essays) the stronger your case will be. mbaMission can help you craft your story and communicate your personal brand to the programs, so I'd definitely recommend signing up for a free consultation here so that you can discuss your profile in greater detail and get recommendations on potential programs/reapplication strategy: https://www.mbamission.com/consult/?dis ... admissions

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30 year old, Asian American, indigent criminal defense(legal), sole proprietor of commodities based business (600k in yearly revenue), guest professor for pre-law at local branch of a state university.

GPA 3.2; GMAT 750, moderate to strong volunteer experience. Started an after school STEM program for lower socio economic demographic, big brother, gave seminars for expungements at state departments, ubran league and various local churches.

This cycle I applied to 6 schools, (2 rejections [Yale Emory], 2 rejections after interviews [NYU, Dartmouth], 1 waitlist [Darden], 1 acceptance [G-Town(No $)(consortium member)].

At the beginning of the cycle I was interested in Strategy Consulting, but with where I am at this stage of my life (age, married to NICU fellow, and about to start a family), it doesn't seem like an industry conducive to maintaining a healthy relationship.

The main weakness in my application (after feedback from Darden), weak explanation of personal brand, weak explanation for fit, and unclear Post-MBA career. This makes sense as I only spent a week banging out 6 essays (applied through the Consortium), as it was around the time I was getting married.

After some self inflection I believe that the best post-MBA options would be either A) federal consulting (more manageable hours and less travel compared to strategy) or B) corporate strategy (ie Amazon, Google) for the work/life balance.

Money is an issue but not a huge one (wife has no debt and will make $300k annually). I have over 100K saved.

Is it worth it to reapplying and if so what should be my target schools?

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