Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Risk Management Banking
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 750 (V: 40 Q: 51)
Undergraduate GPA: 4.01/5.00
Career Gap: 9 months
Admitted to: Wharton
It was a wonderful experience working with Kathryn and Victor. SOP has helped me secured an offer from Wharton which I thought was not even possible at first, given my low GPA (4.01 out of 5).
I finished my GMAT in late June and spent the following two weeks looking for the right consultant. For due diligence, I have talked to representatives from 10+ firms, but none of them was as experienced, engaging and frank as Kathryn. Consultants from competing firms tend to give simplistic school suggestions based on my GMAT score, ethnicity and industry without looking at my resume. Kathryn, on contrast, patiently went through my profile with me and provided frank opinions on my strength and weakness. In spite of the 12-hour time zone difference between Singapore and the East Coast, Kathryn was exceptionally responsive and replied any emails within 30 min. If I still had any hesitation left at that moment, it was all gone after I talked to Victor, an amazing consultant with ample experience helping clients reach their dream schools. I signed up with SOP on that day.
A business school application is an ordeal that tests even the strongest nerve, not to mention when the school is Wharton. To enhance my application, I had no choice but to acknowledge the many weaknesses of my draft essays and their lack of considerations– a bitter pill to swallow. Repeated edition and blunt comments sometimes led to self-doubts or even frustration. But Victor could always help me navigate through the emotions and improve my essays bit by bit until they have reached perfection. It meant a lot to me. I have referred 3 of my friends to SOP even before I hear back from the school, because I know that I can trust SOP.
Finally, a big thanks to Kathryn, Victor and others from the firm for helping me bring my dream into reality!