Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Banking/Hedge Fund
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 750
Undergraduate GPA: 3.97/4.00
Admitted to: Stanford, Wharton
When I began the b-school process I was working 80 hours weeks and had less than two months to finish taking the GMAT exam and knock out my applications for round 1; to say I was stressed and overwhelmed would be an understatement. Fortunately a colleague of mine had just finished his time at Stanford GSB and strongly recommended that I work with his consultant, Square One Prep. After speaking with Square One’s owner I was blown away by her years of experience and wealth of knowledge, but most importantly, I felt like she truly cared about my individual success and that I wasn’t just another client.
I partnered with her specifically, and she immediately relieved some of my anxiety by getting me organized through setting a work schedule that we executed against. As we began working together I soon realized her strength was her ability to guide my writing such that I would be presenting my story and candidacy in the most effective way possible without altering my voice or message. Additionally, her honesty was an invaluable tool for improving my applications; she did not hesitate to tell me when something was weak and needed fixing. Her “on-the-ball” mentality and impressive responsiveness kept me honest and focused.
The final results speak for themselves; I received admission to Stanford GSB, my top choice, as well as admission to Wharton with a sizeable fellowship. I am positive that without Square One’s help, none of that would have been remotely possible.