Pre-MBA industry: Business Development in Energy
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 329
Undergraduate GPA: 17.6/20.0
Admitted to: Booth, Haas, Kellogg, Stanford, Yale
When I first reached out to Kathryn, I was ready to submit my applications for Round 1. I was working with another consultant in Brazil and thought I had everything ready, but wanted just to “double check” with that 30 minutes free consultation. Kathryn was extremely honest, literally saying I would not get anywhere with what I had, and I loved it! I knew I could do a lot better. I realized I needed someone that truly pushed me to the limits and was absolutely honest about my work. I decided to postpone the submission of my application for Round 2 and worked with Kathryn and Lara on Stanford’s complete application. I got exactly what I wanted as both of them really made me get the best out of me! Trust me, you will not rest until you can do your best. This is what makes a difference. My written applications were outstanding. I got an interview for the 6 programs I applied to (Booth, Kellogg, Wharton, Yale, Berkeley and Stanford), and I am sure that my essays were great because Lara and Kathryn worked tirelessly with me to make them great. They would both write down things such as “this makes no sense”, “sorry but I do not buy it for a second”. You read first, get sort of angry, and then totally agree and change it, until it is a piece of art! I got admitted in 5/6 (including Stanford) and with large scholarships in 3 of them.
Besides their professionalism, I must say that Kathryn and Lara’s availability and quick response time is outstanding! They really do care about helping you out and answering your questions as soon as possible. Round 2 can be pretty stressful because deadlines are right after Christmas holidays. Having both of them answering my e-mails and reviewing my essays through this time is just an example of how committed they are!
I recommend square one prep with my eyes closed and will be forever grateful to Lara and Kathryn for the work they put together with me to get to my dream school.