Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Analysis in Aviation and Automotive industries
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 770 (V: 49 Q: 49)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.45/4.00
Admitted to: Booth, Sloan
I had a great experience working with Square One Prep. Square One stood out during my search for an admissions consultant as one of the only firms that offered real, meaningful feedback on my initial consultation calls. Kathryn and Donna went far beyond the superficial sales pitch offered by most firms and really took the time to learn about my background and my goals. I appreciated how straightforward they were and that they were willing to challenge my thinking about the MBA process.
Once I committed to partnering with Square One, it was clear that they were totally invested in my success. Kathryn built a comprehensive schedule for all of the schools that I was applying to, even those that I wasn’t partnering with Square One on. Donna and Kathryn really went the extra mile when building my career narrative. I had a vague notion of where I wanted to go with an MBA, but it was clear after a call with them that I hadn’t totally thought through my goals. With their feedback and coaching, I was able to build and communicate a compelling career narrative and convincingly articulate my goals.
I partnered with Square One on applications to Booth and Sloan, two schools with very open-ended essays. Donna did an excellent job of reining me in and getting me to focus on the approaches that were most likely to be successful. She was incredibly patient as we went through countless drafts until the final product was in great shape.
I also found interview prep to be very helpful. I thought that my experience interviewing for jobs in the past would be sufficient to be successful. My mock interview proved that this was not the case. I totally bombed my mock and struggled with even the most basic business school interview questions. Donna was again very patient and coached me through the issues that we had identified. By the time the real interviews came around, I was confident and prepared.
Ultimately, I was accepted to both Booth and Sloan with fellowships. I’m ecstatic with the outcome and very thankful for all of the support that Square One Prep offered. Kathryn and Donna were both instrumental in the success of my applications and made the process as low stress as possible. The only regret that I have is that I didn’t partner with them on more of my applications!