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Joined: Jan 04, 2011
I had a great experience with Veritas and would highly recommend it to anyone who has considered hiring a consultant to help with the MBA application process. I chose the Veritas Comprehensive school package so that I wouldn't have to worry about counting hours, # or calls and revisions, etc. You get paired with a head consultant (I think they pair you with someone from a similar career background) who will be your main point of contact through the process and helps you craft the bulk of your application. Then you are also assigned school specialists to provide any school specific advice and focus areas that are important to highlight. Finally, you have the "final director review" who looks over your entire application before you submit. It was extremely helpful to have three different opinions on the strength/weaknesses of my application and helped me make necessary edits to create a strong application that was tailored to each school.
I credit my positive experience to being paired with Daria for my consultant. She's the best!!! She guided me through the application process and helped me craft strong essays that illustrated my values, goals, and reasons for wanting an MBA. During our initial strategy call, she was enthusiastic in not only hearing about my goals but also genuinely getting to know me as a person. She asked engaging questions to help me brainstorm content to write about and provided great feedback during each round of essay revisions. She was extremely responsive it often felt like I was her only client! From the initial call, I knew that I was in good hands and that she had my best interest in mind. Most importantly, she was a great mentor and kept me sane through this LONG AND PERILOUS journey. Without Daria, I really don't know if I could have gotten into NYU!
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I had a great experience working with the team at Veritas Prep. My head consultant, Daria Burke, guided me throughout the entire application process and was always there to answer all my questions. Daria and the school specialists I worked with pushed me to put forward the best applications I could to my target schools. The feedback they provided on my essays was especially helpful, and ensured that I clearly described how my target schools would help me achieve my post-MBA goals. In addition, the interview preparation was a big help in building up my confidence, and truly prepared me for the questions I received.
Joined: Aug 01, 2013
After much hesitation, I took the plunge and gave into admission consulting services. The price is steep, but the peace of mind knowing school specialists are looking over your application is well worth it instead of having friends and family review countless essays. Given background and goals, Veritas linked me up with Daria area my head consultant.
Daria and I instantly clicked and I felt like I had someone in my corner. With a month and a half before my R1 deadline, she helped me quickly finalize my resume and craft my story. (I cannot emphasize how important it is to have a genuine, clear and cohesive story is no matter where you apply.) After confusing essay reviews from school specialists, she helped me decipher what I need to edit in order to submit the strongest package. Every step up of the way, she was there. I couldn't imagine doing this process without her!
For context, a little bit about me: Female, 24 y/o, Asian, matriculated from a top liberal arts college, average GMAT, 2.5 years of work experience to date in the creative advertising industry (with experience in the sports/entertainment and retail verticals). I applied to 5 schools, interviewed at 3, and ultimately received an offer at my top choice – Kellogg. I did the 3-school package and used Veritas to strategize my top 3. I applied to the other 2 schools on my own, as a backup. I genuinely believe I would not have had the success rate without Veritas and my head client, Daria’s, dedication.
I didn’t have much time to research consulting services, but a friend who took a Manhattan GMAT class with me recommended Veritas for its consulting. After two initial conversations with Veritas about if this genuinely is the right time for me to apply (never once did I feel like they were pressuring me to apply in order to get a sale), I took the plunge.
Veritas is not messing around when it comes to its setup. In my opinion, no other consulting provider is as results-driven and comprehensive. Given my background and unique story, I knew I had all the “parts” for business school, but Veritas helped me leverage these individual parts to present a holistic application that I would not have been able to do on my own and in such a short amount of time.
Major kudos to my head consultant, Daria. The difference with her is that she really understood me. Not just my stats on paper (though those are important, too). She got my dreams and goals and helped me succinctly and effectively put all the best things about myself forward. I felt even more comfortable knowing we were not logging a time clock each hour and that it truly was about working until my application was perfect. Having someone care about your application just as much as you do is key.
I also appreciated the school specialist setup. While Daria was critical to the process, it was easy getting tunnel vision in the thick of things. Having specialists come into the process and evaluate my application from an objective point of view constantly helped shape my essays and interview prompts for the better.
The waiting process was certainly not easy, but Daria helped me stay grounded, patient, and focused. As she said, no two schools are alike. Veritas truly understands this and tailors its approach for each applicant and school. Overall, 100% recommend.