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March 14, 2016
Duke234

Joined: Apr 16, 2015

Posts: 46

Kudos: 15

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Max Wein - Consulting Services

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I signed up for a multiple school package with Veritas and based on my personality, I was assigned Max as a head consultant. I was really happy with the level of service, especially during the crunch times of a couple schools. Max cut his turnout time from 48 to 24 hours to make deadlines, even though he frequently returned reviewed items much quicker than that. One of the major things I've taken away is that it seems like applicants get too involved with trying to be completely different/unique/etc. which can cause them to lose sight of the big picture. I think Max did a really good job of keeping me on track/grounded while highlighting the unique aspects of my profile. The process itself is stressful, but having someone there with you every step of the way and to keep you on track helps a lot.

One of the unique aspects of Veritas is that you have the opportunity to have 3 sets of eyes review your work (head consultant, specialist, and a high level admissions director review). I have to say the specialists for Cornell, Duke, and Michigan were exceptional. Not only did they have experience working with the school, but they helped pull experiences from my background to highlight. After I submitted my applications, they all kept in touch and followed up to see how things turned out and help with decisions. I really appreciated that level of client service

Using a consultant is expensive, but if you have the means, I highly recommend it. A couple things to keep in mind though: they are not going to write your essays for you and the finished product is much more about your work than their review (if you give them a crap essay, it'll just be a better and grammatically correct crap essay).

As I near the process, I've been accepted to two of the top programs I applied to (both top 10/15). Although I questioned some of the advice I was given and the cost, I regret nothing now. I would highly recommend Max to anyone seeking admissions consulting, especially if you are working with a low GPA.

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March 14, 2016
Duke234

Joined: Apr 16, 2015

Posts: 46

Kudos: 15

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Ryan Barba - Awesome

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I purchased hourly services from Stacy Blackman and was assigned Ryan Barba for help. Ryan helped me craft a story line and provided essay editing. Although these were both great, what I really enjoyed about working with Ryan was the advice and guidance he was willing to provide. Applying to business school is a stressful, exciting, and incredibly introspective. There is a lot of "soul searching" to figure out career paths and school selections. Ryan was willing to stay on the phone for an additional 30 minutes here and there and answer e-mails to help me with process. His insights were very helpful.

Specific to his essay services. Ryan and I worked up against a tight deadline for one school. Ryan accommodated this by reviewing/editing essays and turning them around within 24 hours. His edits were very good, both grammatically and suggestion wise.

I think Ryan is a perfect consultant for someone looking for a bit more than the traditional services. If you're looking for someone who can provide a bit of mentoring throughout the process and will be there after the fact to answer questions, Ryan is a great option. He knows the admissions process well and has a lot of experience with it. I highly recommend him.

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