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I teamed up with Hadas, my Aringo consultant in Oct, leaving less than three months for preparation of my CV, essays and recommendations. She is a very critical, collaborative and encouraging person to work with. After closely working with her for three months, not only my application package was greatly improved, I also learnt so much from her about networking, teamwork and also language.
Being a very experienced consultant, Hadas advised me to reach out more current students and alumni to chat about the school and the program from the beginning of my application process. She was also kind enough to connect me with several of her personal friends who graduated from my target schools so that I could have a more comfortable start of the process. I later found that taking initiatives in the networking was a very crucial step, because it allowed me to know a lot of smart and approachable people and also gain great insight of the program that no one could find out merely through researching the school’s webpage. Without Hadas’ effort to emphasize on the networking, I may be satisfied with going to the information sessions as most of my peer applicants did and may fail to show the AO my strong commitment and in-depth understanding of the program in my essays and later in my interviews.
Teamwork on the content
Working with an Aringo consultant does not mean you will have someone to write the essays for you, but better – you will have fresh and critical eye on YOUR story and you will get a chance to present YOURSELF in the best way you could imagine. When I started my first few drafts of the essays, Hadas reverted to me with kinds of comments on the content. She was really open to me if she found my content was not strong enough and she also contributed through what she called “fishing for ideas”, which means she asked questions like “Could you quantify the business impact of project success”, “Could you elaborate why this was difficult to achieve for your team” and etc. Our discussions helped me to think deeper about every example I gave in the essays so that I could presented my key strengths within the few hundred words limit and made my essay easier to understand by someone who is not in my industry.
Editing on the language
Hadas gave me a great hand in the essay editing. She was really efficient as she always reverted in 2 days for my drafts. She helped me to cut my draft within the word limit while preserved and enhanced the important examples, experience and learning point in my essays.
Preparing for the application package while still having a full time job could be tough and sometimes frustrated, especially when I spent a whole weekend drafting the essays but Hadas reverted with so many comments a few days later. However it didn’t take me long to really appreciate the partnership with Hadas, because she was so committed to increase my chance of admission and she had a lot of expertise to help me. Moreover, she always encouraged me when I felt frustrated for my progress and cheered for me when I completed a final draft that both of us satisfied and when I got an interview invitation or an offer in the later stage of the application. Looking back, I felt I was so lucky to have engaged Aringo and met Hadas in my application; I would probably not achieve a top-10 business school if I didn’t have the experts stand by me.
Last but not least, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chaya for introducing the Aringo services to me and matching me with my great consultant, also thank Gilad for making the whole billing and payment process so easy.
Summing up the whole process, I feel it played out in the best possible way - quick, without deliberations, and with acceptance to the school that fits me most and that after cleaning the "noise" from ratings and outside influence, is also the school I truly most wanted. I am very very happy to be starting at Columbia in the summer.
I'll take the opportunity to thank you again. It really was a pleasure working with you on the application. I feel that instead of going through a grueling process, it was actually a pleasant experience through which I learned a lot, improved myself and focused on my future - and this is much in thanks to you. You really helped me to tell my story and focus my own aspirations in a way that brought me to the best possible place for me, and will have a positive influence on my life beyond the MBA.
When I began talking with my brother about preparing for the application process, he didn't hesitate for even a second when he recommended I work with you. I promise to give the same whole-hearted recommendation to anyone who asks me about the best way to prepare an MBA application.
Joined: Oct 23, 2014
I'd like to take the time now and say thanks to Aringo! The services you provide are indispensable, and I think, like I'm sure that many of your clients do, that I couldn't have been admitted to INSEAD without you.
Further, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Danielle Marom. She has put a lot of effort in my application to INSEAD, and my personal story was reflected in the essays in the best way I can imagine!
One point that is, to my mind, the most important one about Danielle is her commitment. Though she was heading to the US for a private vacation towards the application deadline, she's still polished my essays up until a few hours before her flight. As a customer, the time before the application deadline is the most sensitive one, a time when although the application is 99.9% done, you feel you can't really settle for less than a 100%.
I can't think of something more I'd expect from a consultant. I hope for you that all of Aringo's consultants have Danielle's commitment and attention to their applicants.
Joined: Sep 15, 2014
I turned to Aringo late in my MBA application process and was assigned to work with Danielle. I had already decided on the schools, did a lot of research and had a broad idea about my application strategy.
I was very impressed by several things:
- the insightful first talk with Danielle going through my options;
- I was happy about the flexibility that Aringo showed in adjusting to my needs: I wanted to do the heavy-lifting but needed some advice on strategy: topic choice for essays, planning, spins. I also had a limited budget and wanted to cover everything I mentioned with it.
- process wise: I found your example essays on your website very helpful in getting an idea about the direction in which I could go with my application (and you have so many, compared to other companies, congratulations for that!); I also liked the small rigorousness details in working with Danielle, like she confirmed receiving my emails and told me when she would come back with advice - it made the next steps predictable.
- I was very happy about the support that Danielle provided me. She’s obviously familiar with the MBA Admission’s perspective on recruitment and she put it to use when advising me; She was quick in seeing my strengths and weaknesses and worked with me to highlight the former and manage the later; She was very skilled in showing her commitment to my success: she reviewing my application essays from different perspectives, asking for opinions from her colleagues on some aspects about which we both had doubts; I also welcomed her pro-activeness: she reached out to me several times reminding me of the next steps. I really appreciated that she adapted
her approach to stick to my budget: toward the end of my application but with still some work ahead, she focused on the big picture and advised me on the key issues I would need to address in my essays and in the rest of the application. Last but not least, she was encouraging, supportive and very generous in her feedback in a manner which helped me tremendously to overcome the rough moments of discouragement.
Overall, a very happy client here!
Joined: Aug 07, 2014
My appreciation is for the entire Aringo staff and especially for my amazing consultant Prasanth. I wanted to thank you for helping me out with my MBA applications.
The feedback that I got from my Prasanth was extremely constructive and helpful. I could definitely see the level of my application increase post working with the Aringo Team. This has also helped me get interview calls from some great schools. In all, I am extremely satisfied with how my applications have been turned out to be, I'm happy I chose Aringo and would recommend them to any MBA candidate who is looking for admission consultants service.
Joined: Jul 24, 2014
I contacted Aringo to work on my applications for 2014 (class of 2016). I really enjoyed the personal treatment I got from everyone at Aringo, from the CEO, my consultant and the operations team. Right from the first contact you make they give you professional advice about how to proceed at every stage. After the initial orientation you get assigned to a specific consultant and begin the process of writing your application. My consultant was excellent and gave me very valuable advice and answers along the way, which resulted in my admission to HBS MBA! I'm grateful for the great experience I've gone through with Aringo and would recommend them to anyone who asks.
Joined: Jun 29, 2014
I've just got accepted by Duke Fuqua for the MBA program for next year!
I wanted to thank you for all your help throughout the process, with my essays, Resume and general feedback. It was very useful and it helped me a lot in preparing a good application. I have enjoyed working with you greatly. I also wanted to thank you for all the help you provided during the interview prep. I immensely enjoyed our sessions and they not only helped me with my responses but also provided me with the confidence to do well. I could not have done it without you.
I took a shot in the dark and put in an application to the LBS MBA program for R2 and got accepted!!!
I learned a great deal from working with you on the INSEAD app and made sure I avoided similar pitfalls in the LBS app. Especially, your point about showing, rather than telling... and I also made it a point to visit campus, network and extract as much info as possible from students and alumni. So a big THANK YOU!
The INSEAD rejection was a good learning experience and may have been a blessing in disguise.
Once again, thanks a lot for all your guidance and assistance over the past few months. Really appreciate it! I'm super excited about being accepted to one of my dream schools - it wouldn't have been possible without you!
Joined: May 28, 2014
When I first thought about applying to a top MBA program, the MBA seemed like a brand new world to me, and getting into it was supposed to be complicated and overwhelming.
I wish to thank Aringo and Prasanth for guiding me through the application process and helping me achieve my ambitions of securing admissions to the best universities in the US! The personal time and effort put in by Prasanth to mentor me during the application helped me introspect and bring out facets in my application which I had otherwise completely overlooked. It was a real pleasure to have worked with him! A big Thank you!
Joined: Mar 06, 2014
I got an acceptance call from Insead to join the Singapore Campus, in Aug 2014. I am super excited and wanted to write a short note to thank Aringo and Prasanth, my consultant through the process.
Here's my specific feedback
Aringo and Prasanth, were specifically extremely responsiveness through the 5-6 month engagement. I would typically get a response on my queries/ emails in less than 24 hours, and most times faster than that. I never felt inconvenienced even though I was engaging with Aringo from a different continent and time zone.
2) Clarity of thought and process
In the first conversation itself, Prasanth helped me get clarity on my objectives, target schools and gave realistic and practical inputs on what my overall strategy should be. He was also extremely clear about the process that i should follow while working on my essays.
3) Quality of Inputs
Prasanth helped me improve the quality of my essays 3-5 X. He gave very specific guidance and examples which helped me think through my responses and provide more structured, and relevant responses to the essay questions.
4) Approachability and Emotional Support
Last but not the least, Prasanth was my guide through the ups and downs of the last few months. He reassured me when things looked bleak and celebrated with me when things went well. He was always reachable and very approachable- I was lucky to have Prasanth as my Consultant from Aringo through this process.
Prasanth and Aringo- thank you once again for helping me through this journey.