Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Retail Merchandising
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 620
Undergraduate GPA: 3.69/4.00
Admitted to: HEC Paris
Working with Kathryn and Ariane from Square One Prep was essential to my success in applying to business schools. I began the process feeling overwhelmed – not knowing what angle to take on difficult essay questions, how to structure a business school resume, or what to expect from interviews. Kathryn and Ariane immediately put my fears at ease, providing a wealth of knowledge to guide me through the process and helping me to navigate challenges such as my GMAT score.
What really made SOP stand out to me was the time that Kathryn and Ariane took to get to know my personality, my story, and my career goals. The initial calls, being asked “why” to every aspect of my goals, helped me to hone in on what I actually wanted out of business school, and in turn helped to focus my list of schools. Ariane kept me on schedule despite my demanding job – without her help I know I would not have been able to complete as many applications as I did! She was also able to help me find unique angles to essay questions and edit essays down to word count while maintaining my voice.
Overall, I definitely felt that Kathryn and Ariane were invested in my success. They stayed positive and encouraging even when I was feeling overwhelmed, unsure or feeling discouraged by disappointing news. I am so appreciative of all of their help and support and would absolutely recommend SOP to anyone applying to business school!