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I have been on these forums for 6 years. I was working as an Assistant Manager at a top Analytics firm in India and my goal was to get into consulting after completing my MBA from a top US school.
After talking to friends and students I decided to work with Admissions Gateway. Admissions Gateway helped outline an exhaustive plan leading up to the deadlines spanning 6-7 months so that one could map everything out. I then worked with Rajdeep Chimni on building the resume. What stood out for me was that the resume was customized as per ones goals and thus a consulting resume was different from say product management. My resume took close to 22 iterations but I was happy with the final result as I learnt how to portray my experiences.
We then worked on outlining the goals. Usually you have an overall goal but we went into the specifics like which industry, how to align this with my profile, what skills I need etc. The most important part was the essays and interviews and this is Admissions Gateway’s biggest strength. I had multiple iterations on the essays for all the schools. Even my optional essays were tailored to the school I was applying to. Finally, I would like to highlight the interview preparation. Admissions Gateway helps you in how to address the questions and how to handle the interviewer.
I would also like to add that Admissions Gateway has high moral standards and they will not write your essays. Each essay is your product and they work with you to help you make it better. This helped me be true to myself and maintain my unique voice.
Thanks to Rajdeep and the team that I am attending Cornell, Johnson currently. I would definitely recommend Admissions Gateway for applying to the top programs.
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Definitely worth it! Especially for those who are super busy and for whom English is the second language. When you apply to more than 3 schools, it become overwhelming to track all the things you need to do and keep bugging your friends to read your essays. Also, for those who are looking to do career switch, it’s very helpful as well. I brainstormed with my consultant of the content of the essays to present my candidacy in the best way from different angles. She made me think about certain episodes in my professional career and life I would never even think about. I felt that without her help my essays would not come out so well rounded. I was a re-applicant this year and used the same consultant again. Yes, it is so expensive but definitely worth it. I was accepted to several schools. I am not sure if I would be in the same position have I not used help.
Business School Admit (via Admissions 411)
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Wharton EMBA Admit
In my opinion mbaMission was outstanding for several reasons: 1. Full commitment to me as an applicant. 2. Initiative service - My editor always thought how to improve my application and did not only respond to my direct questions. Sometimes I actually felt that he is more committed to the process than I am. 3. Personal treatment. My Consultant knew and remembered all information I gave him about myself and knew how and when to use such info during the application process. 4. Accurate service and always on time. 5. Very professional but also very friendly. 6. Flat rate per university - which allows the applicant to ask as many questions as he wants and to request as much editing as needed without additional cost- to ALL parts of the application.
Columbia, Chicago Booth & Wharton Admit (via Admissions 411)
I could not have gotten into Wharton without your help. While I had my essay ideas in my head, you really solidified them into a truly compelling story. After reading one of the completed essays for the first time, I could not believe that it was actually what I had imagined. It sounded so much more exciting than I had originally thought of it. Thanks again for everything.
Ok, so I cannot overstate how much I recommend mbaMission for anybody seriously applying to top MBA programs. I eventually got into Harvard Business School with below-average numbers, but even during the application process I was telling everybody I knew that mbaMission was a MUST-do if you’re serious about business school. My expectations were exceeded at every level (from essay editing, to resume crafting, to strategies visiting campuses) and I can’t recommend mbaMission enough. EVEN IF I had not been accepted to ANY of my schools (Stanford, HBS, Sloan, Haas, Anderson) I would have been 100% glad I used mbaMission.
HBS Admit (via GMAT Club)
From the beginning I was impressed by the passion and intensity. Before I paid a nickel, Jeremy was spewing advice on the phone and getting me thinking about my applications differently than I had before. Two days later, I had completed hours of brainstorming and knew where I was headed and more importantly just felt confident about my direction. When my schedule permitted, I wrote my essays and was impressed with the response time, but more with how thorough and thoughtful the comments were. The comments were not just criticisms, but were helpful suggestion and new ways of looking at my experience. The edits were comprehensive and remarkable and so my essays came together much quicker than I could have imagined. I was amazed that as I went along, I could anticipate certain comments and actually became better at this process. I started to understand the amount of detail to provide, learned to create climactic events in my stories and as Jeremy would say "always ensure flow." Jeremy’s advice was not only consistent, thorough and creative in my essays, but across the board. I have no doubt that every aspect of my application was a strong as it could have been.
Chicago Booth Admit
I can’t begin to tell you how fortunate I feel to have gained admission (to HBS), especially since it was my only application. You had faith in my candidacy even though I was doubtful from the beginning and were so proactive in keeping me going – without your phone calls to motivate another draft and the deadlines that you basically forced me to meet, I never would have finished. Without your help, I never would have considered those options for essay two, never would have even understood that insane essay four and definitely would not have come up with (topic deleted) for essay six. You made my strengths shine through and definitely was prepared for the ups and downs of my interview, for that I am always grateful. I just did not have the perspective on my candidacy and still find it hard to believe that I am Harvard material.
I first want to thank you for all the help, effort and moral support that you have provided me during this process. I was not sure initially what I should expect from a consultant and what I needed to do. As I started working with you I realized that it’s the feedback that you provided for my ideas is the most valuable. You were the sounding board for all my ideas and looked at them from a different perspective. As I have mentioned to you this before when I read the essays I felt that the voice of the essay is mine and I should really thank you for that. There is not a single thing that I could even think of to say that could have been better.
Let me also add something, I first spoke to [mbaMission consultant] during my free consultation and my state of mind at that time was very down as I previously had some strange calls before with other consulting companies. Let me simply put it they all pointed at my weaknesses and some outright said that there is no point in applying to big schools. I appreciate and respect their feedback (not to belittle anyone) but at the same time it made dejected and was even thinking may be I should stop this process and continue with status quo. Its at this time I had my initial call and I was sold. It was then for the first time I realized that what I need is the moral support more and someone to guide me as I believed that I had a good story to tell. It’s she who convinced me that everyone has negatives and its what you focus on that matters. She did not deny nor sugarcoat but just said that no one can guarantee success but if you do not try you will never know. Standing from where I am today it all looks so obvious and simple but I very much remember my state of mind and how gloomy things were then. So I sincerely thank all of mbaMission for helping me in this endeavor and making me believe in myself.
Enlisting mbaMission to help me with my business school applications was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.
In anticipation of applying to six top business schools, I took advantage of a free mbaMission consultation with the company’s founder, Jeremy Shinewald. Jeremy didn’t describe the gimmicky creating a personal brand approach that I had heard from other companies. He simply said: you are not a company with a tagline and a motto, but a person with a diverse set of experiences; we will help you pick your best stories and tell them in the most effective way possible. Jeremy’s honesty, flexibility and realism is what compelled me to choose mbaMission. And, I was not disappointed.
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My experience with mbaMission consultant was a great one. Starting with the brainstorming document, I was able to get great stories to tell on my applications and bring out the best part of my personal experience. Once I decided on the schools that I wanted to apply to, I was able to go through the essay questions with my consultant and determine the best stories to tell in each one. Although the process was stressful at times, getting help from the consultant allowed me to time my application process, and not wait until the last minute.
I was recommended this company when I started the process, and would I definitely recommend mbaMission to anyone considering having a consultant help them in the admissions process.
Business School Admit (via GMAT Club)
I am definitely glad I hired you to help me with my essays. Besides making me actively making me focus on my essays, you were able to help me clearly convey what I was attempting to say. The process gave the essays more structure and I definitely think that they are much better now because of your help. Thanks again and thanks for the quick turnaround and working with me on such a close deadline.
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