Testimonial Detail



March 30, 2022
Client from: China
Status: Re-applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Corporate Strategy
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 6
GMAT/GRE score: 750 (V:41 Q:50)
Undergraduate GPA: 4.09/5.00
Admitted to: Anderson. Booth, Fuqua, Johnson, Kellogg, Marshall, Sloan, Stern
Scholarship(s): $610,000
Service Type: Premium

1) Booth $40k
2) Fuqua $80k
3) Johnson $80k
4) Anderson $100k
5) Marshall $140k full
6) Stern $170k full
Waitlisted: Stanford, Sloan, Kellogg

I am a reapplicant and can objectively say that SquareOne helped me to not only secure multiple admits to top schools, but also unexpected scholarships ($610k in total) from the quality of my applications. SquareOne hand held me through the complicated application process, and even made it fun and interesting, which allowed me to stay motivated during the busy and stressful period.

My journey started with my consultation call with Kathryn, which ran to 2 hours. Compared to the ~10 other consultants who I consulted with, Kathryn did not try to fit me into a proven template/story, made extra effort to understand my profile as an international applicant coming with different brand names from applicants with an Americanized background, and strongly believed that I was an M7 candidate, which proved to be accurate, despite discouragement/non-commitment from other consultants.

Kathryn remembered my details as she matched me with her most suitable experts/consultants to optimize the different components (career narrative – Luis, personal stories, interview prep – Lara, etc.) of my application. My personal consultant Amalia was sincere in getting to know me and letting my personality shine through my essays. She never took the easy way out, and I felt challenged to dig deeper and think broader, to produce quality essays sometimes with 40-50 iterations, even though this meant that she would have to spend a lot more of her time on me, while going through a pregnancy and eventually child birth (congrats!!).

Despite having many other clients, Kathryn and Amalia always made me feel like a priority, be it from the timeliness of their edits to their generosity with their time, advice and care. The application process can be emotionally draining, and Kathryn and Amalia provided support above and beyond my application package – checking in after my interviews to constructively point out areas for improvement before my next go, checking in on results day to console me for being waitlisted, while celebrating my admits and scholarships, and sharing my excitement in picking schools! Everyone at SquareOne is as committed to my success as a supportive parent sending me off on my first day, excited for my future journey.

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