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Fortuna Admissions is a unique team of former MBA Admissions Directors and senior MBA admissions staff from top tier business schools, including Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton, INSEAD, Chicago Booth, LBS and many more.

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8 hour package
April 28 | 2017
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     By NMP 1 0

I hired Fortuna for the 8-hour package and Heidi was assigned as my coach.
Heidi did a fantastic job helping me with both my GSB and HBS applications and I would strongly recommend this package and Heidi as coach to future candidates.

Initially, Heidi helped me develop a strategy for each school and provided advice and resources for my recommendations. I used most my hours, however, to get her assistance on the essays. Here, she helped me dig deep to bring out my authentic story and also tailor my message for each school. The quality of my essays was far better than I would have ever done alone.

Finally, when my HBS application was successful she helped me prep by doing a practice interview with me which really helped build my confidence.

I highly recommend working with Heidi, she is professional and has great knowledge on what both HBS and GSB are looking for. She provided invaluable insights and I am truly grateful for her help along my MBA journey.

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8-hour application package
April 20 | 2017
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     By LirenLi 0 0

Amy Hugo from Fortuna Admissions helped me with my LBS application for the full-time MBA programme. I am really happy with what we put together for the application within a month, which I initially thought was a very tight timeline.

Amy was extremely professional and efficient, and she gave me loads of insightful advice on every aspect of my application, especially the essays. We only needed about 3 iterations for each essay, because she really knows what LBS is looking for in a candidate and was excellent at helping me streamline my stories into a concise and yet personal statement to reflect my strengths and values. Her comments made a huge difference to the final products.

She also helped me prepare the video interview and we did a mock interview together, which were also really helpful.

With her help, I got an offer from LBS with a significant scholarship, which I am so pleased about. I can definitely recommend her to anyone seeking professional help polishing their MBA application materials.

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     By Mattybond 0 0

Heidi was able to help me refine my application by helping me to explore my personality and key motivations in greater detail, enabling me to considerably strengthen my application. I was ultimately successful in several applications. Fortuna also took the time to have a personalised call at the beginning of the process.

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     By baller041 4 0

I believe this is a service people should sign up for even if they aren't even applying to school at all. In particular, my consultant (Heidi) did a great job of probing my mind and helping me figure out what matters most to me. The entire package doubled as a fantastic "life coaching" experience that I will cherish for the rest of my career. And to top it all off, I was given services to put together a very comprehensive and compelling application package that allowed me to stand out (even as "Just another engineer").

I now know what my overarching goals are for both my pre and post-MBA timeline. I believe this is more important than even the MBA itself. I've learned that the MBA and "training" is only a means to an end....the "will" and "passion" is literally everything.

I would 100% do it again and recommend it to everyone I know.

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     By achayan90 23 5

INSEAD was on my radar for over 2 years and I had referred to all available free online resources and colleagues who were INSEAD alumni while crafting my application.

However, at the end of it, about a month before the application deadline, I felt that my application lacks a certain polish, that final touch that would convince me that I had put my best foot forward.

I reached out to Matt & Caroline for the Admissions Director's Evaluation as I felt that since I had already built my application, what I needed was the final touch.

Caroline, the expert that she is and with the tremendous history that she brings to the table, was the perfect addition. She was able to quickly and efficiently point out some of the holes in my application with suggestions on how to fill them.

Caroline always responded quickly and I felt I was getting her full attention. I often asked her opinion to break ties among the different options I had to put into my essays while sticking to the recommended word limit. Her vast experience as an Admissions Officer at INSEAD shone through and she was able to guide me to craft my application and bring more clarity to the essays.

I would definitely recommend Caroline's help if you're building out your INSEAD application to give it that final touch.

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April 09 | 2017
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     By melaniewang90 0 0

The MBA application process seemed daunting, but I can honestly say that a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders once I signed up with Fortuna. After my initial discussion with the founder, Matt Symonds, I was confident that I was in good hands. Matt is an absolute delight to speak with and was a motivating guide even prior to me selecting my school package. I was pretty cynical, but reflecting back on all of my conversations with Matt, Judith Hodara, and Brittany Maschal, their honest advice and input on my candidacy was pretty spot on. Fortuna has a very well-thought out process for guiding applicants through the admissions process.

Brittany Maschal was an extremely efficient and responsive coach. It was evident throughout each stage that she understood the perspective of an admissions officer and I felt confident with my applications because I trusted her expertise. I can't thank Brittany enough for her help every step of the way. Brittany alleviated a huge amount of the stress around the entire application process, from brainstorming essays all the way to deciding between schools.

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     By violining 1 5

I shopped thoroughly for consulting services before deciding on Fortuna to help finalize my INSEAD essays. You really can't get a better dream team than this group with Matt Symonds (who's built his career around the MBA industry and knows it inside-out) and Caroline Diarte Edwards (former Director of Admissions at INSEAD).

The screening process was professional and exceeded my expectations. My conversation with Matt was very encouraging. I also appreciated the peace of mind during this stressful period knowing the track record that Fortuna had established with successful INSEAD candidates.

I thought I was already in a pretty good place with my written essays, but Caroline really made a difference by providing detailed feedback and teasing out the qualities that made me stand out as an applicant. She was tireless with the iterations up till the day before the R1 deadline. It was truly exceptional to have such a dedicated advisor.

I was eventually admitted into INSEAD and even received a generous scholarship. Can't be more thankful for a smooth process and successful result.

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     By ajsl06 0 0

I made the mistake of not using Fortuna the first time I applied to business school (and believe me, it was a mistake - I did not get any acceptances). If you're applying to business school, don't make this mistake as I did.

When I decided to reapply, I was weary of using another firm given the experience I had. However, Judith proved right away how her and her firm would be extremely valuable. Even before I signed on, Judith spent significant time and effort discussing with me the ins and outs of the application process and my background.

When I signed on with Fortuna my day-to-day work was with Brittany. At first I was concerned because Judith had known my whole background and we worked well together. That fear quickly faded. Not only did Judith continue to work with me, but Brittany seamlessly joined in, providing great insight.

Having now worked with Brittany and another consultant from a competing firm I can say without hesitation that Brittany is the best in the business. She is very easy to work with, extremely responsive, and even more insightful. She's the safe harbor when you feel like you are caught in the middle of the storm with the application deadline approaching. Brittany will help you find your voice and put your best self forward on applications.

Another thing that separates Brittany from the rest: she genuinely cares about her clients. Some firms say they do, but Fortuna and Brittany walk that walk. Case in point: she put me in touch with her own personal connections to discuss the programs I was interested in and the career path I was interested in pursuing.

As a re-applicant, Brittany took a lot of time to review all of my applications and go through where she thought I could improve my second time around. Her analysis was excellent, evidenced by the fact that I am beginning at my dream program this fall (Northwestern JD-MBA).

All I can say is do not hesitate to use Fortuna and, when you call them, tell them you want to work with Judith and Brittany.

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     By akco2019 0 0

I was accepted to LBS in R1 (i.e. in Nov 2016). What made this even more challenging was that I'm a reapplicant (wait-listed in Feb 2016) from an over-represented group. With such a short gap between applications, Emma's inputs elevated my application by making it more personal and more differentiated, thus creating a more compelling case the second time around.

Firstly, I wasn't confident if I should reapply given the short duration between apps (6 months!), so phase 1 of working I'd with Emma was a re-evaluation of my prior application. Emma's experience from LBS really helped - she brought a critical eye to my earlier application packet. Through the process, my feeling was that of a live ad com evaluation, and an honest assessment of why I was wait-listed and what I'd likely need to do to cross the next hurdle.

I followed this up with an hourly service for essay review and interview prep. Emma's prior consulting & LBS experience meant she was able to relate to my personal/ career progression, and highlight experiences that made me stand out. Our interactions were informal yet candid, which made working with her very easy even through a tight timeline and juggling multiple pieces of the application packet. Her feedback pushed me out of my comfort zone and towards crafting something that spoke less about only what I do, and more about who I am. Similar to the experience nearly everyone has had with Fortuna, Emma's turnaround was both super-quick and super-detailed (I still can't figure out how both go together :) ). From my first draft to the final version, I was able to clearly see the difference in story that Emma's inputs helped craft. Similarly during interview prep, Emma's inputs helped me better project who I am and brought a sense of informality to my story, as opposed to a linear approach that I'd typically have followed.

I definitely feel Emma's inputs helped me in crafting a better, more rounded and personal application second time around, and was the biggest influence in helping me secure a place at LBS within six months of a prior application decision. If you’re applying to LBS, Emma should be your go-to person!

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March 23 | 2017
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     By Anku123 1 0

Hello friends !

My name is Ashish . I am a Mechanical Engineer , currently working in oil sector company Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

I was invited for interview by IE Business School and Indian School of Business . The day i received the invite , I joined Fortuna Admissions for the traditional interview preparation . The reason was the encouraging and cooperative attitude of Matt Symonds Sir during the Fortuna free consultation.

I was fortunate to be mentored by Lisa Ma'am (Former Admissions Director, IE Business School) . She conducted mock interviews , guided me on all aspects of my application , and provided detailed feedbacks for improvement .

Being from an over-represented pool of Indian Engineers and from a non-native English speaking country , initially I was nervous of the intense competition , but Lisa ma'am was very supportive throughout the process .Her greatest strength is that she treats her students as friends and follows a constructive approach when correcting their mistakes. Moreover , the words of wisdom from Lisa ma'am also helped me a lot in my interview of Indian Business School .

I have been admitted to both IE Business School and Indian School of Business. Joining Fortuna admissions was the best decision I made in my MBA journey .I recommend the same to all MBA aspirants !

Thank you Fortuna !

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