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MBA at 28? Feel like I'll be too old.

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In my experience the relationships that exhibited the most stress resulted from having to move for the mba. That meant a lot of times the spouse was isolated and had to lose a job/sense of purpose. The first semester is like drinking out of a fire hose and between the "mandatory fun," late night recruiting sessions (dinners/drinks), and yes, actual school work which involves all group projects you will not be able to hang out with your spouse much. All they will see, however, is you coming home at 1 having a night of drinks or hanging out with attractive/or like-minded people your age without understanding that it's incredibly stressful for you and not out of choice. So to mitigate that tension, just come to an understanding about that and if you're moving, make sure that they're truly on board with that move and that it's not "for you" but their decision as well, and that they will proactively seek a new job, life, friends, etc.

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@a1 I never said cheating = divorce. But you're the "stats guy" and you're the one that gave the statistic 95% breakup rate during an MBA. In a marriage, divorce is breakup. Most of my friends were married and attended Ross, Kellogg or other mid western schools. Didn't experience anything close to what you experienced. Quite a few married their SOs during or shortly after the MBA and didn't break up. Quite a few got engaged to people they were dating before the MBA as well. Anecdotally, I haven't heard of a single case of what you described (not saying it doesn't happen, but didn't see that in my circle).

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Oh yeah, totally, like omg, so old

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literally the mean age

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Started my MBA at 28. I was one of the youngest at LBS

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That's when I did my mba. I definitely wound up hanging more with the 28-30+ crowd, while the 24-26 year olds did a lot more drinking and partying. But all the single people were pretty ageless when it came to flings. 😬 You're not old, you'll find your people!

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Engaged? MBA will be a hell of a test then. 95% breakup rate for my class year. MBA, Married But Available!

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Then that's just lack of morals and respect for your partner. I fail to see why it will be a "test on my relationship" more than a consulting lifestyle where I'm surrounded by strangers in a different city 4 days a week.

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You're making 2.5x more than most Americans. You don't need an MBA from a money perspective.

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Do more research.

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I'm engaged, so not worried about age factoring into my dating life. But thanks everyone! I thought it was closer to 24-26. Only reason I bring it up is that I'm currently 27 at 130k. If I start at 28, starting salaries will probably be 150-160k three years from now when I'm 30. So it doesn't make too much sense from a $ perspective, but like pwc1 one said, I was thinking about it more to pivot and rebrand myself.

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Did MBA at 27 and I was younger than 80% of the class

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I am 34 and thinking about MBA😂

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More people got engaged during my MBA than got separated/divorced by a long shot. I'm sure it has to do with the culture of your program.

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My experience was different. My husband and I met other great couples and to this day they are still our go-to couples friends. But i went to a school that was located in a city that we were all already living in (except for the internationals) and we were all there to get an MBA with minimal disruption to our private lives.

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You'll be fine. Forget age and figure out why you are doing it and the fit with the school

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Talk again after the MBA. I hope you make it, but I'm a stats guy. Clients never like hearing the stats, apparently we don't either.

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Everyone at the start of the MBA was all like "I'm not going to be part of the statistic, I'm going to stay will my gf/bf/fiance/wife"... VERY few started true to that statement.

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Let's talk after winter break during your first year

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True. It can also mean that people drawn to MBA programs are more immoral than the general population.

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D4 no idea. Maybe it's the constant exposure to the people? You live, work, and party with them for 2 years straight - going through a TON of mutual stress forms a bond. Just know that there was only a few in my class that DIDNT cheat on their spouse/bf/gf/fiance

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