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Joined: Apr 25, 2010
This review is for INSEAD
Program January Intake Class of
Class of 2013
INSEAD exceeded my needs, goals, and expectations. It is THE business school for the world - By far the one with the most diverse student body. Future applicants really need to think about making sure their story brings out a very international flavor. You don't have to have lived in 10 countries or speak 5 languages, but you definitely need to have a curiosity and desire for that. If anything, I wish the program would be longer. The experience was so enriching. Given the shorter time frame, you really have to make some major sacrifices - Either academically (choosing one great elective over another), socially (choosing to go on a weekend trip vs. staying for a weekend elective), or even geographically (missing Singapore while being in Fontainebleau or vice versa).
Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)
Student body, diversity
Culture & Student Support
Career opportunities provided by school
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I signed up for a free 30-minute consultation with a few of the top Admissions Consulting companies around. The sessions were largely the same: You give them a summary of your profile (GMAT, GPA, Experience, Extrac.), your target schools, and then they tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your application. The first two consultancies I got in touch with (which shall remain unnamed) left me thinking I could never get into a top 10, let alone a top 20 bschool, which was very discouraging and, to be honest, I didn’t understand how they wanted to attract any business that way.
Amerasia was different. In my free consultation, Michelle immediately pointed out all the strengths in my profile for my dream school, INSEAD. She also identified the weak areas, but was reassuring in that she felt I would have enough stories from my experience to counterbalance that. I asked Michelle if she had had any experience in coaching applicants for INSEAD, but unfortunately she didn’t. I took about a week to think about it, but I was reassured by Adam, the manager, that Michelle was the right coach. Based on my first call with Michelle, I decided to sign up with her.
Michelle was a great coach from the start. She was great at explaining how to present each different story (strengths, weaknesses, achievements, failures, the reason for an MBA, etc) and pushed me hard to make sure that every story I used helped to weave my application into a very strong package. With Michelle in the East Coast and me in Asia, it was at time difficult to schedule time to discuss on the phone. But even then, I had sufficient time to discuss the direction of my essays with Michelle on the phone. She was also very diligent in turnaround time on emails and documents, usually even beating her own deadlines.
I knew I had all the stories and the perfect profile for INSEAD. But I thank Michelle for helping me in weaving all of my stories together so I could present a strong profile for my application.