Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking/Private Equity
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 770
Undergraduate GPA: 3.85/4.00
Admitted to: Columbia, Wharton
I initially signed on with Square One Prep because it was the best personality fit for me among all the firms I spoke to and I appreciated my counselor’s straightforward manner and confidence.
Everyone looks for something different in their counselor. I work in a high intensity finance job with an erratic schedule and itinerary and I am a serious procrastinator so I needed someone who was flexible, kept long hours far beyond usual business hours, would hold me accountable to deadlines and remind me, and was available on short notice. Also, I needed someone who thought differently from me, would not be shy about sharing their own opinions, perspective, and experienced, and yet would not be dismissive of my ideas.
During the months I spent working with my counselor, she showed all of the qualities that were important to me. I was pleasantly surprised as my applications unfolded. She was very responsive, from the morning until well past midnight. There were no days of the week that were off limits; weekends were treated the same as weekdays. There were no parts of the application or interview process that were not covered and I never sensed that there was a reluctance to do work on my part because other clients were demanding my counselor’s time. My counselor was organized, and nothing slipped through the cracks. Most importantly, I was consistently pushed in directions and into areas that I would never have discovered myself, not just for the sake of doing so, but because doing so made my application better; that was the biggest value-add of working with Square One Prep. I came out of the process feeling that between all of the work that I put into the process and the significant guidance from my counselor, I did everything I could in my power to get into business school. I am happy with my outcomes and heartily recommend Square One Prep.