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     By Anonymous 0 0
This review is for: mbaMission Hourly Services
Consultant: Katharine Lewis

My experience with Katy from mbaMission was really wonderful!! Be prepared to spend money (mbaMission is great - but expensive!), but overall it was definitely worth the investment.

I originally decided to take the GMAT as kind of an afterthought to keep my options open since I was feeling pretty dissatisfied with my job. After taking the GMAT, I went to sit in on some classes at Bay Area schools and was sold on applying.

Immediately I contacted Katy, who I had spoken to during my 30 minute free consultation. I was pretty upfront in that I wasn't sure exactly what my future goals were or how business school would play into those goals (key components for business school applications). I come from a non-MBB consulting background with a non-traditional focus, which I think could have worked against me during the application process. During our first brainstorming session, Katy identified patterns in my extracurriculars that I would never have seen, helped me define my goals in that light, and even suggested firms that focused on what I was passionate about! Katy was equal parts life coach and admissions consultant!

Katy offered great advice at every step along the way, from school selection to picking my recommenders. Katy thoroughly reviewed my essays and helped me to dramatically cut my word count (which was SO helpful for me). During mock interviews, Katy helped me to define my story in a few concise points. She helped me frame my behavioral answers in the same way, which allowed me to avoid rambling!

Overall, I don't think I would have done nearly as well without Katy's help. Now I am in the stressful position of deciding which school to attend - definitely a good problem to have!

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     By an90 0 0
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Signing up with MBAMission was very straightforward and I'm lucky I got paired with Harshad Mali. From our first 30 minute intro call, Harshad gave valuable insights to my overall profile. As an Indian Applicant, it is quite challenging to differentiate yourself from the applicant pool. I have a diverse background and in many different industries but Harshad understood my story right off the bat and really helped me come up with a coherent narrative that highlighted my strengths and uniqueness.

Harshad is no BS consultant and gives honest, straightforward feedback. I worked with him on polishing my resume and essays for five schools and preparing for interview at a top school. Harshad was always prompt and on-time with his reviews and there was never any delay. In fact, he often returned my essays on the same day even though MBAMission has a two day essay review policy. He often poked holes in my drafts but doing so helped me re-think what I wanted to say with more clarity and effect.

I also worked with him for interview preparation. Here too, he was direct and effective with his feedback and even took additional time out of his schedule to help me with my preparation. He was also available for Skype calls whenever I had additional questions for essays and interviews.

Working with Harshad has been very rewarding. Although we worked together quite professionally, I found him to be more like a close friend who kept my best interest his top priority. Like a close friend, Harshad often said what I needed to hear and not what I would have liked. I'm glad I trusted him with his feedback on my application.

I would recommend Harshad Mali to anyone who is serious about gaining admissions to top business schools.

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     By banjolaptops 0 0
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Worked with Harshad Mali to go over some final details and positioning for an engineering applicant moving towards MBA. We worked across the two weeks prior to submission, and Harshad Mali was very responsive and reasonable with scheduling. Only worked with Harshad Mali on one school, but would imagine that his expertise and skill would carry across multiple schools. Harshad Mali is able to digest and position technical oriented work histories. Reasonable with his time, and reviews are efficient and direct. Recommended for students looking at dual degree programs in technical fields alongside an MBA. Thank you for your professionalism Harshad.

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     By MBAGirl44 0 0
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Consultant: Kate Richardson

Kate and I met through the mbaMission free profile evaluation process. From the very beginning, Kate was incredibly supportive and encouraging of my MBA goals to gain admission at a top ten school (despite my concerns about a lower GPA and GMAT/GRE scores) and I knew she would be a fantastic resource throughout the process. Conversations with MBA consultants from other companies had left me feeling a bit discouraged about my chances for admission, but Kate restored the confidence I needed to push forward and achieve my goals.

Throughout the process, Kate motivated me to write essays that were unique and consistent with my story to highlight my strengths as an applicant. She challenged me to push further and convey examples from my professional experiences in a more thoughtful and cohesive way. Given I used the hourly service package, she was also incredibly mindful of what feedback I was looking for from her and maximized the time we had so she could review all the materials and essays for each school I was applying to.
Kate was also extremely helpful as I prepared for an interview with one of my top choice schools (CBS). Given her experience across several schools and her strong attention to detail to my overall story and background, I knew her help in the interview prep process would be invaluable. We spent a full hour doing a mock interview and Kate provided advice on how I could tweak my answers based on her knowledge of the program and past interview experiences. After spending this hour with her, I felt much more prepared and relaxed going into the interview and ultimately got in to the program!

Lastly, Kate went above and beyond to talk me through the decision-making process after I gained admission into a few part-time and full time options based on her understanding of my career aspirations and long-term goals. Ultimately, I chose to attend Columbia’s full-time MBA program and could not be more excited! Overall, my experience was very strong and Kate played a very important role in helping me get in to my top choice. I would highly recommend her to anyone beginning the MBA application process!

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     By jgt214 0 0
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Consultant: Liza Weale

I currently work in PR. I applied to business school because I am looking to transition into a role in brand management in luxury goods. I purchased hourly services with mbaMission and worked with Liza Weale.

Liza first helped to transform my resume -- it was previously focused more on responsibilities and now highlights more of my accomplishments/results achieved. Liza also really helped to shape my story and showed me how my experiences in PR/Events were not dissimilar from brand management. She helped position me as a competitive candidate, and I don't think my candidacy would have been viewed as favorably if I hadn't worked with her on how I was going to present my background.

Every step of the process, Liza provided great insights, and I really felt as though she was rooting for me the whole way. Her support was incredible throughout the admissions process. She really knew exactly what to anticipate and how to prepare me for everything. Liza also prepped me for my interview and helped give me the confidence I needed to succeed.

I highly recommend working with Liza. She was a game changer for me, and I know she has the ability to work with applicants from all different backgrounds and help them to highlight their strengths and present their best possible application to a school.

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     By JS2680 0 0
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Consultant: Nisha Trivedi

I cannot say enough good things about Nisha and mbaMission overall. I was not originally planning to use a consulting service, but I am so glad I reached out for help.

I got started a little late in the application process, but felt immediately relieved after my first call with Nisha. Once she had an idea of my background and goals, we hit the ground running. I felt like I knew my story but was having a difficult time making it clear and concise on paper. Nisha really took the time to understand the nuances of my experiences and my short term and long term goals. She used this understanding to make thoughtful and tangible recommendations on my essays.

Nisha provided valuable insight on the essays, but one of the biggest benefits of working with her was her ability to view my application overall. For example, I was worried about my not-so-stellar GMAT score, but Nisha helped me think through ways to offset it throughout the application.

While brainstorming, drafting, and editing essays was the biggest reason I sought help, Nisha was willing to assist however I needed it. She made herself available for questions on any part of the process: campus visits, meeting with current students / admissions, etc. Having someone to ask the seemingly dumb questions along the way was such a relief.

From my free 30 minute consultation all the way through interview preparation, I was thoroughly impressed with Nisha’s enthusiasm and willingness to help however and whenever I needed it. Thanks to Nisha and mbaMission, I got in to my top choice and I could not be more thrilled!

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     By jpepe3 0 0
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Consultant: Helen Summers

I can not say enough about my experience working with mbaMission consultant, Helen Summers. Helen came highly recommended from a colleague of mine and surely did not disappoint.

My goal was to gain acceptance to Columbia. I had achieved an acceptable GMAT score but knew I would need to really tell my story in a unique way via the application essays. I was aware of the solid reputation mbaMission had and was recommended to Helen by an HBS colleague of hers. I signed up for hourly services.

I do not come from the typical banking/consulting field and was concerned with how that would show through my application. Helen took the time to get to know me, and helped me to better tell my story, and how the Columbia specifically would help me to achieve my goals.

I thought I would quickly use up the hours that I had purchased but Helen was incredibly efficient in reading my essays, marking them up, and sending back with 1-2 days. She was honest and fair with her time and I actually was amazed with how valuable her feedback was, in such a small allotment of time.

She helped me to cut out the "fluff" and effectively illuminate the points I was trying to get across to the admissions team. I appreciated her candor and honest feedback, and can't say enough about her expertise around the admissions process.

I was accepted to Columbia and am incredibly grateful to Helen for all her help along the way.

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Forever grateful to Dan!
October 30 | 2016
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     By eg1529 0 0
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Consultant: Daniel Richards

I was initially wary of working with a consulting service, especially after I had done a 30 minute intro call with a competing agency, and found that the person I spoke with just wanted me to cough up a sizable amount of money for services I didn't need. But I took a chance on a 30 minute intro call with Dan at mbaMission and, instead of convincing me how terrible my chances were, he rationally and expertly answered questions I had and only during the last 5 minutes did he mention what kinds of services he could provide. I knew then that I wanted to work with him.

My story was already mostly developed by the time I started working with Dan, so I signed up for hourly services, and we worked together on the applications for four schools. He was, at all times, extremely responsive, insightful, and efficient. He was able to coax my absolute best work out of me so that I put together an application I was proud to submit to the schools of my choice.

At times when the process was stressful, and we were emailing drafts back and forth 3-4 times a day, he was always in good spirits and manage expectations and anxiety brilliantly.

I would recommend Dan to anybody. He was always conscientious about how he used my time, and proved himself again and again to be an invaluable resource throughout the process, whether I was freaking out about something I read on a forum or wasn't sure how to describe at length a future that's always subject to some sort of change or preparing for my interview at my top choice school.

Dan's greatest strength is his ability to be blunt yet kind, and never suggest you spin your application into such admissions speak that it doesn't feel like you anymore. He was the best kind of editor in that he was able to consistently push you to the absolute best version of the idea you already had, and make sure you conveyed it clearly and concisely within word limits.

Now that I'm admitted, thinking back, I know that I can't vouch for all admissions consultants, but I would happily vouch for Dan to anyone at anytime. I would work with Dan again in a heartbeat.

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Terrific Advisor and Coach
October 12 | 2016
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     By Fall19GC 5 0
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Consultant: Liza Weale

I come from a traditional background for business school applicants: Ivy league undergrad, average GPA, high GMAT, and 4 years of work experience in asset management then financial technology in NYC.

I had first taken my GMAT without knowing whether if I'd apply, but after I got a great score- decided to give it a shot. When I first started looking into business school applications, I was overwhelmed by the process. I looked into several consultants by first scheduling the 30 minute free consultation with each. When I spoke with Liza, I knew right away that she knew her stuff - she went straight to critiquing my resume and giving me individualized advice during that first 30 minutes, rather than some more "fluffy" stuff that other consultants talked to me about.

Going with Liza got me into my first choice school (Columbia ED). I signed up for the hourly services, and saw Liza as being extremely efficient at using our time together. From the brainstorming sessions, Liza helped me come up with themes and main stories for my essays based on the 15 page long brainstorming document I completed for her. The edits she then made on my essay drafts were always on point and made my essay much more succinct and more coherent. I was always surprised at how little time she used up to do all of the edits- which were a big positive surprise as an hourly client.

I'm very happy with the services Liza provided me. She took a lot of the stress out of the process and it was apparent to me right away that she knows exactly what she is doing and what needs to be done to get her clients to their top programs.

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     By jonnycohen18 0 0
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Consultant: Liza Weale

I was referred to Liza by a friend who ended up at HBS, so I figured she would be great... but she exceeded even my expectations. I came in with ~3 years of investment banking background, and the last year in a family business. The goal of business school for me is to hopefully meet great people, take valuable coursework, and when I graduate to hopefully be able to take the family business to the next level.

I was a reapplicant, and in the middle of Summer 2016 decided to just apply to Columbia's J-term program. My undergraduate GPA was high but GMAT was on the low-end for Columbia, which I was worried about. The process is stressful, and having someone like Liza there to help is invaluable. If you are set on attending business school, Liza and MBA Mission should just be seen as part of the cost. Liza was great at demonstrating how to show my strengths in my application through stories/experiences, and ultimately it paid off. Liza was also extremely helpful with positioning my accomplishments to date and framing my future goals in my application.

I do not think I would have got into Columbia's J-term program without Liza's help, and can not thank Liza and MBA Mission enough.

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