Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Risk Advisory/Auditing
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 8
GMAT/GRE score: 670 (V: 39 Q: 43)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.05/4.00
Admitted to: Darden
I used Square One Prep on a seven school package (M7 – Stanford + Tuck). After an initial call with Kathryn, I was given the opportunity to “interview” 3 consultants to select from as my dedicated resource. I eventually selected Mary Winograd.
SOP was invaluable in developing my strongest candidacy. We spent hours over several calls hammering out my experiences, interests, and goals. The end product was a narrative which was consistently leaned on to develop my story and motivations for obtaining an MBA.
One thing I really valued about SOP is that they are not “yes men”. They will challenge you, push you to think deeper, and call you out on things that will not pass muster. If you are looking for a “yes man”, SOP is not the one for you. The entire MBA application process requires an incredible amount of self-reflection to really get at the root of who you are and what you want. As a result, feelings and egos may get stepped on, but it is never (ever!) with malice – they are trying to present you in the best possible light. The competition for a place in the most coveted business schools is fiercely competitive. I’ve never regretted my decision to go with SOP.
Kathryn and Mary are phenomenal and went above and beyond my expectations. I really can’t put into words how much they helped me. Mary spent hours at a time reviewing my resume, essays, interview prep, etc. Inquiries via email or text were addressed within 24 hours (but usually within just a few hours). During my application process, I ran into obstacles with my recommendation letters. Mary was with me every step of the way offering guidance and emotional support.
The MBA application process is incredibly intimidating and challenging. SOP does a fantastic job at making this as smooth a process as possible, while challenging you to push deeper into your self-reflection. I can’t imagine hiring another consultant to go through this journey.