Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Automotive Business Development
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 3
GMAT/GRE score: 770
Undergraduate GPA: 3.7/4.0 – converted
Admitted to: Stanford
I worked with Mary and Kathryn from Square One Prep on my application to MBA Class of 2018 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As an international applicant, I felt like I could need some professional advice on the whole application process. By the time I reached out to Kathryn from Square One Prep, I had already worked with other admissions consultants on my applications to Harvard, London Business School, and INSEAD. However, I was not completely satisfied with my experiences, so I wanted to try Square One Prep for my last application – which was probably also the most critical one (and the one with the least chances of getting in).
Before officially starting to work with Square One Prep, I had several initial conversations with Kathryn, the founder herself, about my profile. Kathryn’s perspective was extremely valuable and her approach was very different to other admissions consultants, many of whom had quickly given me their sales pitch and were lacking a personal note. It’s hard to describe in words, but I felt like Kathryn actually cared about my success – and that made me want to work with her firm.
Based on my profile, I was given a choice of three consultants and chose to work with Mary and this has probably been the best decision I made in the whole application process. Mary is a great consultant and with her help, I was able to craft two extremely personal essays. If you’re thinking of working with someone, I would definitely give Mary my highest recommendations, because she is genuinely interested in your story and really pushes you to show your personality in your stories.
Since I have worked with a total of 3 consultants from different firms, I can say with certainty that my experience with Square One Prep was by far the best. And even though I ended up getting into all the programs I applied to, I chose Stanford in the end. Thank you Kathryn and Mary for helping me along the way – and for believing in me at every stage of the stage process.