Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Investment Banking/Hedge Fund
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 332 (V: 160 Q: 168)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.6/4.0
Admitted to: HBS
Kathryn Lucas was incredibly helpful in guiding me through the business school application process. At the beginning, she took the time to speak with me as well as provide several former clients as references so that I could make sure that Square One was the right fit. I was familiar with the process and started my application in advance so I wasn’t pressed for time. I thought I was ready for the process, but Kathryn was invaluable.
On our first call she listened and took detailed notes on my “story.” This was incredibly helpful in the first step of crafting my resume and informed the rest of our conversations. While I thought my resume was in decent shape, Kathryn re-tooled it for business school applications (as opposed to job searches). I would not have thought to make several of the edits or include some of the activities / descriptions that she did.
For my essays, Kathryn helped me brainstorm and review numerous drafts. She was always quick to turnaround edits and point out what she thought didn’t work. Her advice was always direct, honest, and usually correct (though it sometimes took me a while to come around!).
I needed Kathryn’s help the most on strong letters of recommendation and the interview. Kathryn was able to strengthen the letters of recommendation just by changing a few key words but without changing the content. For my interview prep, she gave me question-by-question feedback after a mock interview. She took the time to do a second mini-mock interview and even commented on the difference her advice had made.
With Kathryn’s help, I was able to get into my top choice – HBS! I would absolutely recommend Square One Prep. Knowing I had Kathryn throughout the process and could email her with any questions I had (down to asking what time acceptance emails would be sent!) was incredibly helpful.