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Joined: Apr 29, 2019
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Consultant Graham Balch
I decided to hire a consultant because I was working a very time intensive job outside my home country (with a big time difference), preventing me from relying on family and friends as my sounding board during the application process. After interviewing several consultants I decided to go with Graham/Expartus because I liked his focus on what Exapartus calls "personal branding." Graham's goal was to help me dig deep to understand why I really wanted business school, who I am both inside and outside of work, what makes me a unique candidate, and how to sell that to my business schools of choice. I also liked his emphasize on being genuine and honest in all aspects of the application process. Graham explained that business schools just want you to be yourself: they want to understand how you have excelled in your career so far, what your want for your future career, and how their program can help you achieve those goals.
This process orientated approach helped me get into three out of the 4 top schools I applied to with $40,000-$60,000 scholarships at each!
Graham also provided insight into what each school was looking for. This was helpful in my school selection and choosing what aspects of my "Personal Brand" to highlight in each application. Since I was working a pretty stressful job while navigating the admissions process, he also helped keep me accountable for deadlines. He pushed me to always try to do better and keep polishing essays and answers to tough interview questions. Whenever I felt down and insecure about my acceptance prospects, he helped buoy my confidence.
In addition to success in getting into my top schools, I also found going through this process with Graham helped me learn more about myself and confirm that business school was the right next step for me. It also allowed me to stop and take inventory of my life to date and to reflect on my time working & living abroad. I feel like I have a better understanding of who I am as person and what I want in the future after navigating the application process with Graham. As the start of my first semester approaches, I think this will help me be a more successful MBA student.