Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Government
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 710 (V: 38 Q: 48)
Undergraduate GPA: 4.78/5.00
Career Gap: 5 months
Admitted to: HKS-MPP, Stanford
I have made some good and tough decisions during my application process but working with Square One Prep was the best one of all. Even though it might seem expensive for a Latin-American budget, after you team up with them, you realize that every penny you spend is more than worth it. I want to use this testimonial, to publicly thank Kathryn for including me in their Need-based Program and giving me the chance to work with a dream team: her, Bailey, Wendy and Garry.
At the beginning of my journey I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to work with an advisor, but after I had a free consultation call and spoke with Kathryn for an hour, I understood that if I wanted to have success and secure a place in one of the best programs of the world, I had to partner up with Square One Prep. On our talk, she gave me the confidence I needed and helped me realize all the hard work that I still had in front of me (I thought that the GMAT was the hardest part of the process, but sure it wasn’t). From the beginning she had high confidence in my chances and said that I should follow my dream of studying at both Stanford and Harvard.
I was lucky enough to partner up with Garry, who replied to my emails in hours, gave me the best possible advice, was hard with me when I wasn’t giving my best in any part of the process and even gave me feedback by listening to the responses of my TOEFL speaking questions. I have to say that picking Garry and partnering with him made the path easier for me, since he became the partner/mentor that I needed at my side during the process. I can’t thank Garry enough for being so supportive, patient and helpful. I also want to thank Wendy for all the hard work that she put into my career narrative and Bailey for always be there when I had any struggle with my process.
I will always be grateful to Kathryn and all the Square One Prep team for all the hard work that they put into my candidacy. I would highly recommend SOP to everyone and want to tell all the future applicants: don’t waste your time finding a better team to work with, because I’m sure that you are not going to find it. I am realizing my dream of attending Stanford and HKS thanks to Square One!!!