Case Study 5: Female Career Changer

Applying for business school is an incredible investment. From a time standpoint, for 6 months, your free time is consumed by the GMAT, writing essays, rewriting essays, visiting schools, meeting with recommenders, and interviewing.

From a cost perspective, simply taking the GMAT once and applying to the standard four schools costs over $1000. Upon realizing the enormity and importance of the task at hand, I knew that I would need an advisor to guide me through the process. As a career changer, I needed assistance marketing myself.

I chose EXPARTUS® because of their extensive experience in Admissions at leading institutions and their passion for helping people fulfill their potential.

The Challenge: I had spoken extensively with friends at top business schools across the country and thought I had a handle on the components of a winning application. After my initial consultation with EXPARTUS®, I began to realize how much I did not know. I did not know how to truly differentiate the top 15 schools from one another to identify which ones would fit my needs. I did not know which recommenders would be most appropriate for which schools. And despite having years of professional experience, I could not effectively communicate my story. What are my short term and long term goals? How does business school fit into this?

The EXPARTUS® Solution: Over the next few months, I began working with an EXPARTUS® Admissions Advisor who became my coach, my most trusted advisor, and my cheerleader. She led me to identify my strengths, weaknesses, leadership style and passions. This discovery process enabled me to identify the personal and professional experiences that have come to shape who I am today and who I hope to be.

In the end, rather than spending months producing a flat application full of clichéd template responses, I had three dimensional applications that truly captured the uniqueness of my experiences and the depth of my character. The best part about this was the fact that with EXPARTUS®’ expert guidance, I did not have to write eight versions of each essay to get to the final product as my friends were. It’s amazing how painless the writing process can be when you know exactly what you want to say and how you need to say it.

The Outcome: In the end, I was accepted into three out of the four schools that I applied to – all of which are top ten schools – including Harvard. At another school, I was even awarded a significant scholarship. I could not have dreamed of a better outcome and I owe it all to EXPARTUS®. EXPARTUS®’ guidance has been nothing short of life changing.

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