Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Technology Entrepreneurship
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 14
GMAT/GRE score: Waived
Undergraduate GPA: 70%
Graduate GPA: 3.86/4.00
Admitted to: Booth EMBA, Kellogg EMBA, Wharton EMBA
Goal: Applying to EMBA programs at: Wharton, Kellogg and Booth
Before Square One – My background as I perceived: Non-native speaker, from the most competitive demographic, male, No unique work experience, No big name companies on resume; Pretty doubtful about how I could differentiate myself.
I filled an online evaluation form for Square One prep one month from deadline.
Square One was the 7th firm I talked to about supporting my application journey.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the founder of the firm, Kathryn on the phone who took 45 minutes genuinely listening to my background and goals. She said she would be willing to take me as a client. I am an experienced professional and I could immediately tell that her evaluation is fair as she outlined the opportunities and challenges ahead in the evaluation call (free!)
The review and feedback I received on my application artifacts from Kathryn and Mary Winograd were the most valuable inputs. They challenged me to think outside my comfort zone (on literally every idea I was presenting in my goals or resume) and this helped in presenting myself in the right light to adcoms. But for Kathryn’s and Mary’s dedicated support (via numerous phone calls and emails), I could have never been able to elevate my story from the competition.
My application packages spoke for themselves (resume, my essays and all supporting docs were each serving a role in delivering my story)
After Square One – My background as I perceived: Unique values learned, achievements that went beyond my peers, Innovative work delivered, Conscious career paths chosen; Clear about the value I bring.
The fees I paid paled before the personal transformation I realized during the application process. I feel every business school wants its applicants to go through such experience in preparing them for the program.
Such outcome was possible ONLY due to Kathryn’s belief in my potential and Mary’s utmost dedication to my success. NO ONE could have been able to do this for me other than Square one.
After a few weeks wait, I had a different problem on my hands: Choosing among the 3 best MBA programs that accepted me – Wharton, Kellogg and Booth. ( With Kathryn’s guidance, I converted a waitlist at Wharton to admit)
Oh did I mention about the scholarship I received for my EMBA….
Thank You Kathryn, Mary. Thank You Square One.
P.S: With individual effort and support from Square One anyone (yes ANYONE!) can make it happen.