Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Corporate Strategy – F&B
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 321 (V: 163 Q: 158)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.18/4.00
Career Gap(s): 8 months
Admitted to: Columbia, Stern
I cannot recommend Square One enough. Not only does Kathryn and her team help break down the process into manageable steps, but they are also your biggest cheerleaders along the way. While other firms told me my stats were too low and there was no way I would make round 1 deadlines, Kathryn was optimistic about my profile and desired timeline. The step-by-step approach from resume review to working on the career narrative made it easy to focus my attention to areas that mattered, while her team took care of the administrative end.
The application process is a personal and introspective one and I would be remiss if I didn’t give my advisor, Afiya, a special shoutout; her warm and open personality made it easy for me to share some of my most personal stories that I know helped differentiate me as a candidate. I am also extremely thankful for her patience and reassurance as she indulged any and all questions and concerns I had.
Square One is truly your partner throughout the application process, giving you an extra push and lifting you up when you need it, and without them I would not have been admitted to my dream school, CBS.