Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Financial Product Sales
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 3
GMAT/GRE score: 750
Admitted to: Booth, Wharton
I’m just about as (stubbornly) DIY as anyone you’ll ever meet. So even when it came to the daunting process of applying to business schools, I didn’t hesitate to hit Amazon and buy the five most highly regarded business school application “tips & tricks” books that I could find. After reading all of them cover to cover and gathering advice from scores of friends and colleagues who’d gone through the experience, I felt like I knew everything there was to know about the process.
As it turns out, I realized quickly after starting my first application that I was in over my head. To give yourself the best chance at admission into the top schools, the process is nearly as time-consuming as a full-time job, and I now firmly believe that trying to go it alone, for most people, is a mistake. If I didn’t have a friend recommend Square One Prep to me, there is no way that I’d be in the position that I’m in now. There is something incredibly reassuring about having someone to turn to for any and all questions that may arise throughout the process, particularly someone whose interests are completely aligned with yours. My consultant’s completely objective and unbiased point of view, even relative to friends or family, combined with a well-honed eye that only comes from experiences gained from consulting hundreds of applicants, was an absolutely vital lifeline for me throughout the process. Despite deciding that I wanted to apply round 1 to all of my schools very late in the game, with Square One Prep’s help I was able to secure a scholarship to a top 5 school. Without, I’d most likely be getting ready to apply to schools again this year. Arguably the best money I’ve ever spent.
I highly recommend Square One Prep to anyone considering applying to the world’s top business schools.