Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 740
Undergraduate GPA: 3.67/4.00
Admitted to: Booth, Kellogg, Wharton
Thanks to Square One’s support I have the choice of three leading business programs – all with sizable scholarships. I reached out to Kathryn based on the recommendation of two prior clients and am so happy I did. My primary ask of Square One was twofold – to help me turn my solid but somewhat conventional profile into a standout and to keep me accountable to timelines.
My consultant Sarah took the time to brainstorm all the essay prompts. I shared my laundry list of possible topics and stories and we talked through the ones that seemed to pop. She immediately zeroed in on one storyline in particular as having potential. At first I leaned in another direction but am so grateful she kept pushing me on it – in the end that particular story was woven into all my applications in one way or another.
My work schedule is a bit hectic and one of my biggest concerns was simply getting my applications in on time without cutting corners in the final days and hours. After my first conversation with Kathryn, she mocked up a schedule based on my target schools with estimated completions of essays, recommendations, etc. Just having that to ground me in what was to come was a huge help. Sarah kept me on track throughout the process. While she was totally flexible when I took longer on drafts than I originally promised, she always had the big picture in mind and ensured I was comfortably on schedule. I submitted all my applications well in advance of the deadlines which was a huge relief as I watched some of my friends scramble at the end.
Kathryn and Sarah really partnered with me the whole process. Their reliability and short turn-around on drafts and questions was greatly appreciated. While Sarah and I were in constant contact, Kathryn was always in the background doing final reads of resumes and essays to ensure my applications told my story. At the end of the process I was confident that I had submitted my very best applications to all my schools. I would highly recommend working with Kathryn and her team to my friends and colleagues.