Samantha Merton

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Company: Stratus Prep
Packages: Stratus Prep MBA Admissions Counseling Packages   Stratus Prep Hourly Services  
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Highly recommend
October 28 | 2015
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     By ehiggin2 1 0
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I promised to write this review 2 years ago, and because they did such an amazing job and I got into business school, I am just now finding the time to do so (fellow grad schoolers will understand)! I literally would not have gotten into any of my chosen schools without Stratus Prep. GMAT coaching with Jim helped me raise my score by 100 points, and Shawn and Samantha were enormous aids, helping me focus and articulate my goals and providing an actionable roadmap to reach them. They are very knowledgeable about the particulars of the application process as well as the unique personalities of each school, and are both supportive and honest, which is important during what can be an emotional process. While in retrospect I probably did not need to purchase a multi-school package, as I am a strong essay writer, the peace of mind of knowing I had someone to answer all of my questions at any time was invaluable (none of the attendant guilt of constantly bothering friends), and I do not regret spending the money. Thanks, Stratus Prep team!

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August 08 | 2015
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     By ASmith 0 0
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I used Stratus to help with my b-school applications and I found their services to be absolutely fantastic. For a bit of background, I am white male who worked in finance but the one differentiator (for the worse) was a sub 700 GMAT.

I found that beginning and figuring out "your story" was one of the hardest parts of the application process. Stratus ensures that a lot of "pre-work" (outlines, self-discovery exercises, etc.) is done before writing essays so when I sat down to start my essays, I knew exactly what I was trying to convey to the adcoms. I did multiple rounds of iterations of my outlines with my consultant, and she did an excellent job guiding me and asking the right questions so I could figure out exactly what was most important to me to convey. While writing my essays, the consistent feedback from my consultant helped me write, in my opinion, the best possible essays I would be able to write. Lastly, this is a real stressful process and having the calming influence of someone who was an expert in the school I was applying gave me confidence I would not have otherwise had.

In the end, I was admitted to The Wharton School and I am 100% confident that I would not have gotten in had I not worked with Stratus. I highly recommend them!

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     By Anonymous 0 0
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Yes - got into all

This review is for: Stratus Prep Hourly Services
Consultant: Samantha Merton

I initially called several consulting companies and the reason I chose Stratus Prep over the other companies was because of my phone call with Shawn. Shawn was very pleasant to speak with, did not try to get me to aim lower for any of my schools, and overall made me a lot more optimistic about my chances.

After deciding on Stratus Prep I was paired up with Samantha Merton. I worked with Samantha on an hourly basis for two of my schools (Wharton & Fuqua). I was primarily concerned with essay analysis and review.

Samantha originally scheduled some time to get to know me as well as my story. For the essays she was very open to my suggestions (sending her a high overview of what I wanted to talk about vs drafts) and steered my essays into the right direction. I can't say if I would have gotten into both schools without her assistance but I can say with 100% confidence that the quality of my essays were much better thanks to her. Samantha also found areas in my essays that did not seem to make sense to an outsider and made sure that I elaborated and clarified where needed. In the end I was accepted into both Wharton with $ and Fuqua with $$$.

Samantha made the entire process much more relaxing and her turnaround time for every single email was less than 24 hours (I would say less than 1 hour to be honest...) so I knew that I was always in good hands.

I highly recommend working with Samantha!

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Incredible experience
May 08 | 2013
     By Anonymous 6 5
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I'm going to be honest here. I was really wary of using admissions consultants at the beginning of the process. I had a pretty strong profile, for top 5-10 schools, but knew I would be a bit of a stretch at top 3. (Female, 3 years consulting experience at a reputable firm, 680 GMAT, 3.7 GPA).

Once I decided that it was a worthwhile investment, I was the girl who did my fair share of due diligence. I'm pretty sure I interviewed every major firm out there, and came armed with a thousand questions. I decided to work with Stratus Prep because I really liked their super indepth process. My initial meeting was with Shawn, their ceo who made me feel really confident about my chances at Stanford, which was my dream school. With their help, I was able to get into Stanford, Kellogg, and Booth.

I would definitely recommend working Samantha, my counselor. She was an excellent guide, and also a great friend when I got really stressed out a couple of times throughout the process. Her responsiveness to emails, thoughtful ideas, attentiveness to details in my many essay reviews, and confidence in me as an applicant made a huge difference, and I am really thankful for my experience with her, and the whole team.

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Got into MIT!!
April 08 | 2013
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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Yes - got into all

I only used Stratus Prep to get into MIT and I am happy to share that I was able to get in with their help!

I worked with Shawn and Samantha from Status Prep. They would say that they are very professional people. At any point they didn’t let me feel that I am taking too much of their time. We worked on our goal together.

Initially, I felt like their process is too long and too much information is required, but later I realized it was really worth it. It helped me in putting my application in the right direction and making sure that I didn’t leave any important point to mention in my application.

Shawn’s input at each and every step of the application was very helpful. Samantha’s turnaround time was very quick. In fact, she had to wait many times for information from me. She made sure each and every line in my application is presented in a right way.

I am really grateful to them for their help and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to get into top business school!!

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     By Anonymous 0 5
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Yes - school of my dreams

Stratus Prep was an outstanding consulting company to work with, and while realistic, my consultant never made me feel I had to give up on my goal of going to a top b-school.

My background is in education and teaching and I want to transition into charter school management. I went to an ivy league undergrad and was a student-athlete...I also did Teach for America post college.

I can't tell you how glad I am that I worked with Stratus Prep. I knew people who worked with bschool consultants before, and I was skeptical and uncertain about the costs like most ended up being the best decision I could have made and definitely a huge part of the reason I got
into Kellogg.

The consultant I worked with, Samantha, was very meticulous, incredibly knowledgeable, and always accessible. I started working with Stratus Prep in November (for January due dates); Samantha was really great about responding quickly especially with the time crunch. I really liked the collaboration between my consultant and Shawn (the founder) who was very involved in every step of the application process. Shawn is really smart and knew how to leverage my TFA experience as well as stuff I would never have known or thought to write about (such as:
my thesis for my masters in education, an independent study project I did in undergrad, working through an eating disorder, traveling to India for a summer etc.). Because I was so preoccupied with studying for the GMAT, I assumed that since I was a pretty good writer, the essays would be no big
deal. If I had done it on my own, I don't think I would have made myself very well-rounded because I would have probably written a lot more about teaching, which Shawn heavily advised me not to do. I also didn't realize how valuable some of the other stuff I had done was.

Before you begin your essays, Stratus Prep makes you do these outline exercises where you brainstorm all your leadership positions, character traits, learning experiences etc. which I found very worthwhile.

In the end, I was invited to interview at every school I applied to (Duke, Michigan, Columbia, and Kellogg- interviews everyone) with the exception of Yale, which I found surprising. I got into both Kellogg and Duke. I am absolutely humbled, honored, and excited to go to Kellogg this fall .This has been said before and it is necessary to say again, the GMAT does not mean everything and a huge amount of focus must be on your essays. If you want to go to a top MBA program, regardless of your profile, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable I think you will find working with Stratus Prep on every part of your apps (essays, resumes, recs, and interviews).

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