Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting/Retail Entrepreneurship
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 670
Undergraduate GPA: 2:1
Graduate GPA: Top 30%
Admitted to: HBS
I never thought I had a shot at HBS and therefore had no intention of applying. I didn’t see my background as particularly unique and felt I didn’t have any special skills – the sort I thought you’d need to get into HBS. But Square One Prep believed in me.
First, my consultant educated me about the AdCom thought process and critically assessed my background through the eyes of the AdCom. I don’t know if it’s years of experience or her ability to understand people so very well that helps her think like the Ad Com, but my consultant’s insights were invaluable. After she took the time to get to know me and assess my candidacy, she then helped me highlight elements of my personality and life experiences that I never thought would be the right content to include in my application. She guided me through every aspect of my application; there was literally nothing left to chance! She did countless reviews of my essays and I can tell you that there was a world of a difference between draft 1 and in some cases draft 8. If it wasn’t for her, I would have stuck with draft 1 and fallen miles short of accurately representing myself in the application. Any lesser consultant would have conceded to my naive ideas about how to direct my application – they would not have probed and helped me steer my story. In addition to providing strategy, my consultant also brought discipline to the process by managing my timelines and encouraging me when I got lazy.
But more than being just an adviser, she became a friend and confidant. She helped me stay sane during the stressful process. Even when I vented, she was intently listening for clues to strengthen my application! I can safely say that I owe Square One big time! They worked their magic and enabled me to do something I genuinely thought was impossible for me!