Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Retail (Marketing & Operations)
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 5
GMAT/GRE score: 730 (V: 44 Q: 47)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.65/4.00
Admitted to: HBS, Kellogg
I interviewed several admissions consultants and Kathryn immediately stood out for how much time she took to get to know me and the insightful questions she asked in our initial call. These questions (describe one of your happiest moments/describe one of your saddest moments) were key in setting the tone for the self-reflection that informed my business school application process. She also gave me the confidence to apply for my dream school, HBS, with her frank assessment.
I worked with Melissa on applications to Wharton and HBS. Melissa gave thoughtful feedback and kept me on track despite illness/crazy work. Melissa was instrumental in helping me clarify my story and reason for applying to business school through the MANY drafts we did of my Wharton essays. I am not an inexperienced writer, but her feedback and revisions made my essays truly shine and took them to the next level.
The thing that stood out to me most about Square One was their care. I decided not to apply to Lauder very late (mid-Dec – after finalizing my essays!), and both Kathryn and Melissa took time to understand my thought process and for me to feel 100% comfortable in my decision even though this meant completely revising my application for Wharton.
I’ll be attending HBS in the Fall and am very grateful to Kathryn and Melissa for their help in getting me there.