Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Financial Services Consulting
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 710 (V: 41 Q: 47)
Undergraduate GPA: 2:1
Admitted to: Darden
At first I was really nervous about getting into any MBA program – although I considered my overall GMAT score to be okay, I thought my background was not unique and good enough to get admitted. I am not a top athlete, don’t work in a bulge bracket bank or attended an undergrad program at a top university. I was aiming for business schools that had average GMAT scores 20-30 points below my score, just to make sure I’ll get admitted.
All of this changed, when I talked to Kathryn for the first time. Unlike the other admission advisories, she saw that my background was much stronger than I thought and she told me to stop playing safe and aim much higher. She convinced me that I was capable of doing better although it honestly took me some time to think the same way. But I had a great feeling after our call and soon decided to work with SOP. One of the reasons for my decision was the track record of SOP – why would she try to convince me to apply at much higher ranked schools, if that could mess up the numbers. This is the kind of transparency you need to evaluate the services of an admission consultant!
I worked with Ryan as my day-to-day advisor and he was just great! He is a really nice guy, responded immediately whenever I had a question and worked hard so we could meet the tight schedule. He always encouraged me to give my best and I’m very thankful I had him on my team.
Kathryn and Ryan both pushed me to create a strong narrative and write outstanding essays. They helped me a lot with the brainstorming for essay topics and were really candid if they liked the topics or not, but they were also very supportive to keep me going – and trust me, the MBA application process is not an easy ride, so you better have a great team to support you!
Looking back on this journey, I don’t regret a single decision, from choosing SOP as my advisor to the target universities. Even if other admission consultants will offer lower rates or discounts, don’t fall for that and hire the best from the best – it’s really worth it.