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Could anyone evaluate my profile?

Graduated College 2001 with a 3.9/4.0 GPA in accounting from an average school
770 GMAT Score (just completed) Q: 49 V: 47 AWA: 5
5 years experience as a management consultant (middle market firm)
Took almost a year off because of problems with drug addiction. I am now three years clean and actively involved in 12 step recovery fellowships (leadership roles, sponsoring people, etc.)
2+ years working as a financial systems analyst

I plan on applying to Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, and University of Chicago
How do my chances fare? I just started my essays, and am planning to apply round one to all of these schools (without visiting Stanford or Harvard). Is this a reasonable plan?

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New post 29 Jul 2009, 12:47
is the drug addiction documented on public records?

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No criminal record, and one of my recommenders is my supervisor during the time I was going through it (her recommendation should be stellar). I feel that I need to disclose it for a few reasons:

1. My involvement in the recovery community is huge: group treasurer and regional representative; I chair meetings and sponsor people. I spend a couple hours a day doing recovery related stuff. I think I look a little lazy if I don't talk about my involvement.
2. It explains a significant gap in work experience. Plus, while I get paid more at my current job, my accomplishments and job titiles aren't as major as they were in consulting.
3. It is who I am. I think it makes a great essay for Harvard's "learned from a mistake" question and definately fits into Stanford's first question.

Does this make sense? I figure that I should refer to it as substance abuse issues, and not go into specifics about the drugs (which were illegal). Am I being overly agressive in school choices?

Thanks all so much for your help

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It's a delicate issue - you don't want to shy away from it because it's a compelling part of your personal life that impacted your professional development (i.e. it was a setback that you recovered and learned from). Nothing "big picture" to say here because it will come down to the actual essays themselves on a tactical/technical level. School choice should be fine regardless of the addiction recovery experience -- although on the older side for HBS and Stanford.
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Thank's Alex. Would you suggest alternate schools to apply to than Harvard or Stanford? Do you think that the age issue is too great to overcome at those two schools?

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FYI, I would be 31 at matriculation

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New post 05 Aug 2009, 18:57
Age will be an issue but not an insurmountable one in your case. Again, if you really want to go to either of these two schools, apply. And apply to a wide range of schools (Yale, Cornell, UCLA, Haas, etc.) as well.
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Thank you so much Alex

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