Pre-MBA industry: Financial Services
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 710
Undergraduate GPA: 3.0/4.0
Admitted to: Wharton
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Kathryn and Joe (my Square One Prep “SOP” advisor) were the sole reason I got into business school. Coming off an unsuccessful attempt at business school applications in the previous year, I was ready to give it one more shot and SOP was exactly the right company to partner with. Having had worked with another b.school consultant in the past and after talking to a few others on the phone, its clear to me that SOP is worlds apart. This is because Kathryn applies a very methodical/process driven approach to the b.school application experience which includes a 4-hour call to get to know you, a career narrative session (which will guide your essays), a strict timeline and a 2 level review approach to the essays. This process helped me avoid allot of the mistakes I made in my first attempt at business school apps. But over and above this, you can tell that SOP really cares about you and wants you to succeed. Kathryn would always push me to stay on schedule and wouldn’t give the final thumbs up on my essays or career narrative unless it was up to her very high standards, even if it meant getting on multiple calls and re-writing my entire essay(s). Joe was incredible to work with; hard working, smart, supportive and its safe to say that the strategy he provided me for the Wharton case study interview helped me win that interview.
Overall, I would highly recommend SOP for anyone who wants to get into their dream school. In fact, if Kathryn does decide to work with you, you’re pretty much more than half way there.