Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting/Financial Services
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 750 (V: 37 Q: 47)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.52/4.00
Career Gap: 4 months
Admitted to: Anderson, Haas, Kellogg, Stern, Wharton
SOP was recommended to me by another client through a mutual friend. To be honest, I was quite unsure what I was looking for or if I was even MBA material at the time. From my first meeting with Kathryn (who is very present throughout the whole process), SOP was instrumental in providing clarity and support throughout my journey. This included tangible tools such as a personalised timeline and thorough essay and interview guides, multiple edits and reviews by the leadership team, as well as advice on what to consider when selecting schools and choosing essay topics.
In my experience, SOP’s leadership team (which includes a career coach) takes the time to truly understand their clients’ motivations and draw out a narrative which rings true in the applications. Though the team had minimal experience with the industry I was targeting for my career path, they patiently arranged multiple Skype meetings, learned about the industry, and provided valuable direction and challenge. The career narrative we crafted together would be the backbone to all my subsequent applications and interview prep, and I believe my biggest competitive advantage.
Although I only engaged SOP with a three school package, I was accepted into 5 top tier business schools using the foundational work we built together. I could never have imagined such success, and I credit the team here for helping me make that a reality.