Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Digital Marketing
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 8
GMAT/GRE/EA score: 154 (V:12 4 Q:10)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.56/4.00
Admitted to: Columbia EMBA/strong>
I cannot speak highly enough of Square One Prep and its entire team of advisors and experts.
When I first embarked on the business school application process, I was wary of working with an advisor given the cost. My mindset quickly changed when I had my first phone call with Kathryn, the founder of Square One Prep. Unlike other admissions consulting companies, which gave me, at most, 30 minutes of their time, Kathryn took two hours to walk through my professional background, discuss my interest in applying to business school, and share the Square One Prep process. I left the conversation feeling confident that Square One Prep would help me put my best foot forward in my application, particularly given that I was working under a tight timeline of less than two months.
In the weeks that followed, the Square One Prep team ensured that I stayed on track to deadlines and shared resources that I never would have had access to otherwise, including examples of business school resumes, essays, and letter of recommendation packages. My advisor, Leila, struck the perfect balance of challenging me when I needed it and offering guidance and reassurance when I doubted myself. My career narrative expert, Luis, helped me define my short- and long-term goals, which I have since used not only in the application process, but also in sparking pivotal career conversations in my current role.
While the application process can be stressful and overwhelming, it was also validating of my deep desire to attend business school and gave me a taste of what juggling a full-time job with school will feel like. I truly can’t thank the entire team at Square One Prep enough for guiding me every step of the way and making my dream of attending Columbia a reality.