Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting/Impact Investing
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 710 (V:44 Q: 43)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.70/4.00
Admitted to: HBS
When first considering applying, I set up calls with half dozen firms (all the big names) to glean free advice. I had no intention of paying up—just wanted to pick their brains. Most conversations felt transactional and rushed. I got the sense they were regurgitating pre-packaged advice applicable to anyone. Then I spoke to Kathryn at SOP. She was not only generous with her time but also offered nuanced insight on my profile. This proved to be characteristic of the entire SOP team, especially my coach Amalia. From the start, she dug in and gave meticulous feedback. She brought a holistic and impartial point of view and raised questions that forced personal reflection. This ensured I drew out my best self in my application and effectively communicated what differentiates me. As someone applying from an over-represented group, I found this tailored coaching invaluable—and I doubt you will find it with the larger firms that churn through hundreds of people.