Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Retail Merchandising/Marketing
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 710 (V: 40 Q: 48)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.51/4.00
Admitted to: Haas, Wharton
I had zero intention of using a consultant during the MBA application process; I thought that applying to business schools would be like applying to colleges and I just needed to buckle down for a few days and write some essays. I scheduled the first call with Kathryn because a friend recommended Square One and I thought I had nothing to lose. I remember ending our call feeling overwhelmed–applications were due within the next 2 months and I hadn’t even narrowed down my list of schools to apply to!
Kathryn and my consultant, Eva, created a timeline for me and helped me apply to seven schools round 1–while working my full-time job. I could not have pulled this off without their help. Moreover, I felt like I had a team of experts on hand at every step of the process. At one point, I attended a school’s info session and wanted to scrap my entire essay. Kathryn and Eva were immediately available to talk through all of my concerns. Interview prep was another part of the application process that I had overlooked and I quickly learned that business school interviews are not like job interviews! With Eva’s coaching, I felt completely prepared for every question that came my way. Lastly, Kathryn and Eva helped me successfully navigate the waitlist process–something I wouldn’t have known how to approach otherwise. Applying to business school is a tremendous amount of work, but Square One Prep helped make the workload manageable and alleviated a lot of the stress from the process.