Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Real Estate Finance
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 710
Undergraduate GPA: 3.8/4.0
Admitted to: Columbia
My experience with Square One Prep was beyond amazing! I worked directly with the owner who was extremely supportive and carefully tailored the experience to address all my concerns. I applied to four top MBA programs, was invited back for interviews by two schools and will be joining Columbia’s EMBA program. She was there whenever I needed to talk to her and provided extensive support along the process, even when I needed to do post-1am phone calls to talk through essay topics for my essays because I couldn’t get out work before that time. She was very personable and made me very comfortable sharing my personal experiences with her, which is critical in developing personal essays. She helped me brainstorm and dig deeper into my life to come up with interesting topics for my essays. Whenever I felt like I was hitting a deadlock, she would talk me through things and help me discover new aspects about my life that I never realized before. The support I got from Square One extends beyond the mere application process – they also provided excellent guidance on interview preparation. Their feedback was sharp and so helpful as I learned exactly what my weak notes were and how to address them.
The impact of this experience extends far beyond the application/interview process. It helped me understand myself – what’s my forte and what I am really passionate about, which I would continue to benefit tremendously from down the road in my academic, personal, and work life.