Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: HR Consulting/Retail Start-up/Banking
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 750 (V: 44 Q: 49)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.71/4.00
Admitted to: Anderson, Kellogg
Applying to business school is a tiring process, and one that doesn’t have a clear beginning. I am sure many people were in the same position as I was; I hadn’t gone through an application process in years and needed help figuring out where to begin. Which school applications should I pick up first? When should I begin my interview prep? Square One was incredibly helpful in finding the answers to these questions, and many others, which made this process seem manageable.
As I reflect back on my experience, the biggest benefit I got from both Mike and Kathryn was that they were not afraid to provide the hard truths. If you want a consultant who works like a “yes-man” than this isn’t the group for you; instead Mike and Kathryn told me when I needed to think of a new approach to an essay, or if I needed to rethink my rationale for applying to a specific school. It was because of Square One that I truly got in touch with myself and my reasons for applying to B-school; in fact my initial discovery call with Mike was probably one of the most introspective experiences I’ve had over the past few years.
Having completed the application process, the biggest piece of advice I would offer to anyone thinking about applying to business school (whether they plan to use Square One or otherwise) is that you need to do what you can to eliminate the confounding factors that could become a reason you do not get admitted to a school. The worst thing you can do is misunderstand an essay question, or not prepare for a key moment in the interview, and then think about that for months afterwards. With Square One I was able to check all the preparation boxes — they helped me get to the root of every question and the mock interview I conducted with Kathryn felt like a word for word facsimile of the real deal. Regardless of how my applications turned out I felt confident in what I had put forth, and this made all the differences as you play the waiting game prior to a decision.
I would happily recommend Square One to any aspiring business school attendees.