I'm interning this summer atas a consultant and have considered applying to the HBS and Stanford deferred admissions programs for a while now. I think I would be a competitive applicant (3.74 cumulative GPA, MBB return ideally, strong on campus leadership and probably strong GMAT) but when I discussed the prospect with a guy in the office I'll be interning in, he said it may be worth waiting. He also said not to worry about it too much because almost everyone gets into HBS, GSB, or Wharton. I'm not dead set on B school because if I return to my firm, I can potentially go straight to associate without b school (saving 2 years). If that doesn't work out, I figure I can apply to B-schools (ideally with sponsorship).
My long term goals may include entrepreneurship andand possibly public policy (wayyy down the road). Would a Harvard or Stanford business degree add anything to my ability to realize these prospects that a straight to associate program wouldn't?