As an Indian IT Male candidate applying to schools from the last two years, I was very familiar with the kind of points I wanted to put forward. However, it wasn’t working and one of the primary reasons for that is my failure to bind them all in a cohesive storyline.
Enter Sam. The very first time we spoke over a free consultation, I realized how he genuinely cared. I ended signing him up for Oxford but on one condition – I wanted his entire Christmas weekend as I was pre-occupied with prior commitments until the deadline! He never once complained and was extremely accommodating. We got on a video call and he spent the first few hours only trying to understand me and my motivations better.
Once we got working on the application itself (all over video call again), Sam said to me, “Mate, we could write them down as factual points or we could weave them together in a story. I prefer the storytelling way!”. That’s exactly what I wanted and what anyone should want, really! He seamlessly weaved my community-work and my extra-curriculars with my work experience and my future goals. At the end of the weekend, the application was 95% ready and boy, did it seem purposeful! Every part of the application was unique and yet it fit in the larger narrative so smoothly. I never knew my story could be presented this well!
His work impressed me so much that I signed him up for MIT the very next day, although I had already written out the application. To me, the essays I’d written for MIT seemed very powerful and after the Christmas weekend of working on Oxford with Sam, suddenly seemed boring. He transformed the MIT essays again with his storytelling ‘elixir’ and they again became wow! What I loved the most was that he did not rely on viewpoints of stories that we’d worked on for Oxford. Instead, he put in a lot of effort to reimagine the stories from other viewpoints to customize the application for MIT.
What really made the stories work was that he always welcomed my perspective. Oftentimes, I’d just narrate him incidents or speak about my views/perspectives and he’d have a keen ear to make a note of what I say and he’d incorporate in the application what seemed to improve the application. There was once when I felt an essay could be improved and I wrote an alternative one – he took the best points of my version and the earlier version, put them together and developed a really strong essay!
All in all, Sam is super easy to recommend to anyone wanting to improve their MBA applications. In fact after the first few sessions, I eagerly looked forward to our calls because talking to him seemed more like talking to a friend than a consultant. That is the best part – he is so easy to get along with! If you’re looking to apply at any top MBA program anywhere in the world, talk to Sam. You’ll emerge richer.
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