Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 9
GMAT/GRE score: 720 (V: 41 Q: 48)
Undergraduate GPA: 2:1
Career Gap: 12 months
Admitted to: Columbia, Wharton
Partnering with Square One Prep was the best decision that I could’ve made in support of my MBA journey – I have no doubt that our work helped position my application competitively among the candidate pool, allowing me to secure a place at my dream school.
Right from the get-go, I was impressed by SOP’s approach – there was a lot of focus on establishing my motivations for business school and long-term career aspirations. I especially appreciated how SOP challenged my position throughout this process; by lending me their critical eye, I was able to clearly define and refine my vision which ultimately helped shape the content of my essays and interviews.
I worked closely with Mary Winograd, my Advisor, throughout the entire application cycle. She was an invaluable sounding board when I was putting together each school’s application packet – by talking through my personal anecdotes, we were able to pick strong stories which optimally showcased my candidacy. Her input didn’t stop after I clicked ‘submit’ on my applications – I was really grateful for Mary’s help during the interview phase. We conducted a series of mock interviews which helped prepare me for the real-deal; backed by this groundwork, I stepped into each interview calm, collected, and confident.
My sincere thanks to Kathryn, Mary, Bailey, and Wendy of SOP. I couldn’t have done it without you!
I have no hesitation in recommending SOP to any aspiring MBA candidate – you can’t go wrong with SOP!