Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking/Trading
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 8
GMAT/GRE score: 720 (V: 37 Q: 50)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.58/4.00
Admitted to: Columbia, Wharton (with other schools TBD)
I contacted 7 different consulting services. Having seen my girlfriend go through the process, I knew I had to steer away from some peculiar consulting characteristics: 1) Consultants who individually work with 10+ clients.2) Consultants who suggest you apply to colleges below your ambition level (hoping that your ambition is an educated one) 3) Consultants who don’t believe in your uniqueness. There was only one firm which did not have the above: SOP!! My first call with Kathyrn was almost 90 mins long where she answered all my questions and we went in depth about my life, ambitions and the SOP process. From thereon, till the time I decided on SOP, I contacted Kathryn 5 times on email and 3 times to chat with her about my concerns, my candidacy and the selection of an advisor. Not once did I ever feel hurried or pushed while talking to her. Kathryn’s work ethic is like none other in the industry and she definitely leads the firm from the front. She was extremely candid throughout the entire process and her response time was always a few hrs!! I worked with Mary Winograd as my lead advisor: Mary is very empathetic and will have your back till the very second you submit your application. Her response time was always within a day and her systematic thinking helped bring a well defined structure to my application. She pushed me at every step to make the application better. I worked with Mary for 2 M7 applications and received an offer from both. Thanks to SOP, they were genuinely my partners in this process!