Before I started with Square One Prep I thought I had a pretty good sense of what my applications would look like. I had already taken a crack at writing one of the essays and felt that I was telling a compelling story. Yet, my friends (HBS ’19 and GSB ‘18) recommended that I schedule an intro call with Kathryn at Square One Prep. In the first minutes of my call I was blown away by Kathryn’s ability to identify the strength and weaknesses of my application and was impressed by her recommendations for how I should improve my narrative.
In the first couple of calls Kathryn pushes you to articulate and defend your story and construct a narrative that makes you a compelling applicant. Creating a cohesive narrative of my career and extracurriculars, which explained why I needed to get an MBA to achieve my professional goals, was the most difficult but most important part of the process. This narrative laid the ground work for my essays and interviews and made every part of the application process easier. My adviser, Vanessa, was key to helping me craft my essays and prepare me for my interviews. She was always accessible and provided critical feedback. Through working with her and Kathryn, I had the confidence I needed when sitting face-to-face with my interviewers.
I am happy to say that thanks to Square One Prep’s help, I will be starting at Wharton next fall.