Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 9
GMAT/GRE score: 700
Undergraduate GPA: 72/100
Admitted to: Booth
A year ago, I began thinking about applying to business schools. I had a blank board and was worried I was applying too late because I would have 8 years work experience by the time I’d start school.. Being an international applicant, I struggled with selecting schools in the US, understanding the application process, and drafting my essays. I had to talk about myself in ways I never had. It was new ground.
SquareOne assisted me throughout this journey. My consultant helped me think through my selection of schools and understand all aspects of the process, and craft my story. She provided invaluable advice – both honest and strategic, even as I prepared for my interviews. ¬During this entire time, my consultant helped me improve my positioning by accentuating my professional and personal experiences. She constantly challenged me to think of new ideas and anecdotes to effectively narrate my story. She never to let me know if a story or format would not work from an admissions’ process perspective, which I sincerely valued.
Moreover, she was able to work with my schedule, which helped the process and I was able to complete my applications well before the deadlines, despite my demanding professional obligations.
At first I thought that hiring a consultant was expensive, however after completing the process successfully and comparing the expense to the overall MBA cost, I truly believe it is worth the investment. I highly recommend SquareOne Prep to all those planning to apply MBA schools. I am off to Chicago Booth in the fall.