Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking/Hedge Funds
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 5
GMAT/GRE score: 740
Undergraduate GPA: 3.91/4.00
Admitted to: HBS, Stanford, Wharton
When I first started thinking about business school applications, I remember scoffing at the idea of hiring a consultant – shouldn’t these schools see the real me and accept me based on that? Now that I’ve worked with Kathryn and received admission to my top choice schools, HBS and Stanford, I am immensely grateful and relieved that I hired her as a consultant. The problem with these applications is that there is limited space to convey who you are and Kathryn, with her special ability to discover the depth of your personality and years of experience with what these schools are looking for, is an expert at helping you craft together an application that conveys who you are and why you are interesting. I come from a “traditional finance” background and studied business as an undergrad, so I naturally felt that my deficiency was not being unique enough. However, in my first session with Kathryn, she spent over 4 hours simply getting to know me beyond just the resume and it became clear to her that there was more than just meets the eye. She has a great memory and takes detailed notes, and I felt comfortable getting advice from someone who I felt had truly gotten to know me as a person. She thinks about how every piece of the application, from the resume to the essay to the letters of rec, reveals a different side of you yet fits together. I had written a draft of an essay before I decided to hire a consultant and the difference between the before and after versions were startling: my before version was bland and impersonal and repeated professional accomplishments that were already mentioned in my resume. Thank goodness I found Kathryn who put me on the right track! She was also always available and would respond quickly, something I really appreciated during this stressful process when miscellaneous questions would frequently pop up. I am deeply grateful for Kathryn’s help and would highly recommend her as a consultant.