Wharton or Reapply?
I applied to bschool this year (HSW + LBS, Darden & INSEAD). My main goals with an MBA were to round out my education, get global business experience, grow an existing side hustle into a bigger company, and be a part of an international class. Outside of that, I was hoping for a more academic environment, learning through the case-study method (hence Darden), and being a part of school known to bring out extraversion.
A bit about myself. 4 years out of school. Started my career at Deloitte, left to work for as a Junior Product Manager at a Tech Firm, promoted to PM recently. Currently manage a team of 6. Past in teaching.
GPA: 3.6 / GMAT 700 / GRE 168V / 168Q
*Took GRE after submitting apps
EC's - started my own non-profit, run a well-listened to podcast, have done pro-bono consulting trips while @ Deloitte to various countries in the Middle East & South America, and recently started a retail small business that has been steadily growing.
HBS - Rejected, no interview
Stanford - Rejected, no interview
Wharton - Accepted
LBS - Accepted with $$$
Darden - Accepted with $$
INSEAD - Accepted with $
I know Wharton is amazing. But I'm wondering, with the better GRE score, an understanding of where I went wrong with Harvard & Stanford (applied R2, last minute rec's, etc.), and the side hustle that I am growing in the meantime, should I apply next year?
Also, fully expecting the "wow you are an ungrateful asshole", but I'm just asking, if you were in my shoes, what would be your moves? I'm 26 y/o if that makes any difference.