Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Software Development
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 9
GMAT/GRE score: 770 (V: 42 Q: 51)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.92/4.00
Graduate GPA: 3.88/4.00
Admitted to: Columbia
Summary in one sentence: without Kathryn my MBA application success would not be possible.
Before I started my MBA application with Kathryn, my target school was
any of the S16 schools. But at the end, I received Columbia Business School’s admission!
I did research on many consultants and used their free consultation. Kathryn was the first one I contacted. During the 40 minutes of the consultation, she didn’t waste even one minute talking about her or her company: every minute was spent on me, on MY case. She listened carefully when I talked about my background, career goals, target schools and so on, taking notes. And her immediate responses on my case were already deep and thoughtful. Most importantly she provided her truthful analysis without any hesitation, even I was not her
Later on, I contacted at least 5 other top rated consulting companies on gmatclub for free consultation, expecting the same kind of services as provided by Kathryn. However, none of those free consultations came
even close. For some of them, they might spend the first 15-20 minutes talking about their “superb” services and then another 10-15 minutes asking about me. For one of them, the consultant was only selling their services for almost 30 minutes! And I had to interrupt to redirect the discussion to my case!
At the end, the choice was quite obvious. I contacted Kathryn again to use her service. When Kathryn asked me if I would use her or one of her consultants, I said “you” without any hesitation, although her price was quite a bit more expensive, because I knew she was the only one that I can trust 100%!
The choice proved to be absolutely correct and worth it. From the 3+-hour deep walk-through of experience, to resume editing, to essay brainstorming and editing, to recommendation strategy, to interview mocks, every single time, Kathryn was so professionally accurate, sharp and efficient, with great care and thorough understanding of my case. She made sure my story is complete and logically making sense, and I don’t divert from it, especially in my interview. I think this focus made the core message much stronger to the admission officers and the interviewer, a key to our success.
At the end, I would like to thank her again. As I said, without her, CBS is not possible for me. And I would recommend her to any MBA applicants without any hesitation, as actually I already did to a couple of potential applicants in my real life.