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Tech-focused profile evaluation & age question

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New post 16 Aug 2012, 22:42
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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New post 18 Aug 2012, 12:30
Great profile, so I will focus on your question. Certainly HBS and Stanford have a reputation for favoring younger applicants, but as a Hispanic applicant, you have something to offer that is very unique because there are scarce few hispanic applicants to top b-schools. With your big GMAT score and your cultural heritage, I would say it's definitely not a waste of time to stretch for HBS and Stanford, but they will look upon your work experience with more scrutiny and will want to see considerable achievement, advancement, impact and leadership. Make sure you can demonstrate these things and I am sure you will find yourself in a position of choosing amongst several schools, even being offered scholarship money. Whether it's at Stanford or HBS may be up to the numbers and some luck, but I would not let it deter you from trying.
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