Let me preface this by stating, I have thoroughly thought about this and how it relates to my personal goals and career aspirations.
Now that I have gotten that out of the way I wanted to come to this forum to ask for tips from anyone who has applied for an MBA program at an early age. I am currently 18 years old and will be graduating next May with a B.A. in Economics at 19. I have began studying for the GRE (plan to take in June depending on Covid-19), reaching out to schools (as a way of networking), and getting my applications straight (prior to them opening, I want to have months to strengthen my essay). After looking into several programs, I have decided to apply to. . .
Wharton (I loved Penn for undergrad, didn’t end up going because I couldn’t justify the cost)
Kellogg (great school, close to a major city for internships)
Tuck (second choice, I really click with Dartmouth’s campus and how their program is integrated)
Johnson (Cornell, another great school, I have connected with a few of their students and have heard nothing but good things)
Darden (A safe, in-state choice that offers EA, an overall great campus fit, close to home)
McDonough (Georgetown, my safety school, still a school I see myself at and love)
Although I lack in work experience (I have worked for a year and a half, and been promoted to a management position. . . however this is at a cafe so I don’t know if it is relevant work experience) I have internship and leadership experience. I was told that although most programs do look for work experience there is something to be said about a student graduating at 19. Furthermore, I intend on getting two masters, the MBA, and possibly an MA in International Studies, after the MBA. I have a narrative for my application, that I am unwilling to disclose on here, but it is captivating. Furthermore, to all that will advise me to wait a few years and then try to get an MBA, I personally do not know if it is worth it later in life which is why I am attempting to get it now. An economics major with 10 years experience in the DC Area can make 125k-150k easily, and I wouldn’t be able to justify quitting a job and packing up my life at that point. Additionally, I’d love to continue my education while I am still in education mode, I have no debts, no family, no true obligations this would not be the case if I went directly into the workforce.
That is why, I would love to hear from anyone that went to an MBA program straight from undergrad. Preferably, at an accelerated age. I know I meet the GRE and GPA requirements but I am worried that an admissions officer will see my age and immediately reject my application.
Any help would be appreciated and tips or comments would be great! Thanks!