Testimonial Detail



March 30, 2017
Client from: China/United States
Status: Re-applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Strategy Consulting
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 5
GMAT/GRE score: 720
Undergraduate GPA: 3.81/4.00
Admitted to: Wharton

As a reapplicant to Harvard/Stanford/Wharton, I knew I HAD TO get it right the second time around (GMAT: 720 GPA:3.81 Industry: Consulting). I had worked with Stratus Prep the previous year and was disappointingly not admitted into any program. Even though Stratus offered to work with me again at no extra charge, I felt that if their standard cookie-cutter, factory produced applications didn’t work for me the first time, it probably wouldn’t work again. After shopping around, I chose Square One Prep because I was keen on their sharp-tongued founder, Kathryn. She was just my style – to the point, personal, and demanding. Kathryn was the most expensive counselor from Square One but I decided to make the investment because the last thing I wanted was to become a 3rd time applicant.

The journey was as personally rewarding as the destination. In working with Kathryn I learned that bschool apps are not just a “process” but a creative exercise that is meant to be reflective and growing. Kathryn encouraged me to dig deeply and take risks, helping me tease out stories that highlighted my personality and unique experiences – what makes me, me. She was just as invested in my final product as I was – even providing feedback on Christimas! When I was invited to interview, Kathryn upped the game and challenged my answers with excruciating detail, sometimes even making me a bit frustrated. Ultimately, I’m glad she did because I was admitted to Wharton!

I definitely recommend going with Square One Prep.

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