Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Technology Engineering
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 8
GMAT/GRE score: 650 (V:29 Q: 49)
Undergraduate GPA: 8.47/10
Graduate GPA: 3.66/4.00
Admitted to: Haas Part-time
I got to know about Square One Prep (SOP) through my spouse who got into a Top 10 FT-MBA program a few years back after working with SOP. Her experience working with SOP was really positive and that was why I decided to speak to Kathryn from the leadership team regarding my plan to pursue PT-MBA. My first call with Kathryn was great and she helped identify some themes from my story that I could highlight in my application. One concern I had was that my GMAT score was on the lower side, but Kathryn’s call really motivated me. She dug into why I was struggling on the GMAT and suggested taking up the EA as an alternate. I ended up taking the EA and got a great score. I believe this really helped my application a lot.
For selecting an advisor, I had a chance to talk to a few of SOP’s consultants and I decided to work with Jeannice Tse. Jeannice was very down-to-earth and empathetic. She pushed to understand my story and my background at a deeper level even in our intro call. She was extremely organized, which I felt was very helpful given that I was having a busy work schedule during that time.
SOP’s process was very streamlined – the process had an initial assessment call (2-3 hours), career narrative development, LOR recommender selection review, and Resume/LOR/Essay review. The initial assessment calls with Jeannice really gave me an opportunity to introspect my story and provide all relevant information that could help my application. After these calls, I got an assessment report which served as the backbone for the entire application process. The next step was to define the careen narrative and I worked primarily with Luis. He spent several calls helping me identify what I wanted to do after my MBA and helped translate that into clear and differentiated short-term and long-term goals that I could use both for my essays and in my interview. Throughout the resume, LOR and Essay review process, we had several iterations and I have to say that the final versions of LOR and essays could not have explained my story in a better way. Jeannice’s and Kathryn’s updates to my drafts were quick and made sure that we made definitive progress in each iteration. Jeannice’s inputs – whether selecting a topic for an essay or fine tuning the draft – really helped me craft unique essays which could be differentiated from other applications. Overall the SOP team (Jeannice/Kathryn/Luis) really helped me make my ambition to join a top part-time MBA program come true and I highly recommend SOP if anyone wants a personalized experience in crafting your FT/PT MBA application.