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March 1, 2023 9:55pm ET
Applying: Cornell / Johnson, Duke / Fuqua, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Fire service
Post-MBA Target Industry: Asset Management, inc. HF, Family Business Companies: Blackrock , Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan Asset Management
GPA: 3.5
Years of Work Experience: 15
Location: South East
Post MBA Location: East coast

Very non-traditional route. Have worked in the Fire service for all of my adult life. Moved to the east coast to be closer to family and am in the midst of a career change. Attending school as an adult at a top 5 public university. Will be in my early 40s by the time of application. Not targeting M-7's and have the finances to fund MBA endeavor without loans. Understandably my age will be of concern. To mitigate that as best as I can I am involved in on-campus activities and have a track record of promotions. Long term goal would be to work with pension funds for first responders and eventually start my own fund geared toward police/fire/military. Much more to say about my background story if there are specific questions. I understand it's very rare for someone of my age/background to apply to full-time programs but my question is are the schools I've mentioned within reach if I maintain my 3.5-ish GPA and get a strong GMAT? I know for sure no one will have an application like mine! that has to count for something... I hope. Thanks in advance.