Business Consultant Earns MIT Sloan Admit

Applicant Stats

MIT Sloan

  • Undergraduate Institution
    University of California, San Diego
  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition into Strategy Consulting
  • Admitted At:
    Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Tuck and Darden
  • Coach:

Highlights from John’s Story:

#1: Learning What Counts in the MBA Application

When he started the application process, John didn’t realize how important it was to have an engaging story—he was sure that his resume and GPA were the things that defined him to the admissions committee. Through working with Menlo Coaching, John realized that MBA applicants truly stand out based on their personal story, captured through the admissions essays and other shorter forms of writing on the application. Armed with this knowledge, John focused on recollecting memories that helped him decipher the best parts of his story and his motivations for the MBA, and his coach David helped him distill these memories into a memorable, distinctive application.

#2: Navigating the Programs and Finding His Fit

As a business consultant, John understood that asking for help from the experts was the best way to get where he needed to be. Through conversations with David (and lots of back and forth discussions), John was able to learn everything he needed to know about the various MBA programs on his list. And ultimately, he was able to narrow his list down to a set of top choices where John knew he was going to be the right fit.

#3: A Personal Touch

When asked why he chose Menlo Coaching, John emphasized the personal, 1:1 connections he was able to make with the team. In particular, John fondly recalled a two-hour long conversation with David that would form the basis of his personal statement and the themes of his admissions essays. 

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