EdTech Start-Up Director Earns Wharton Offer—and Scholarships!

Before applying to business school, Abigail worked as the Director of Business Development at an EdTech start-up. However, with the help of Sr. Admissions Consultant, Jarrett Brandon Early, she hoped to obtain an MBA in order to transition into a Product Management role at a larger EdTech company.

Applicant Stats


  • Undergraduate Institution
    University of Michigan
  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Director of Business Development, EdTech
  • Career Goals: 
    Product Management, EdTech
  • Admitted At:
  • Coach:

Highlights From Abigail’s Story

#1 Finishing Applications on Time

Abigail began working on her MBA applications three months before they were due. Thus, she wanted to hire a consultant to help her apply to several of the most prestigious business schools in the US—including HBS, Wharton, and Kellogg.

Working with Menlo Coaching allowed Abigail to balance her full-time job with applying to top MBA programs. Her coach, Jarrett, was able to assuage Abigail’s fears, answer all of her pressing questions, and keep her on track to submit her applications on time and with little stress.

#2 Writing a Compelling Personal Story

Abigail worried about weaving her story together in the right way for her MBA applications. However, once she started working with Jarrett, she found that his personal and hands-on approach eased her stress and made her feel like she could accomplish her goals.

She describes Jarrett as “creative” and “detail-oriented”, citing the extraordinary level of care he paid to each essay draft. Jarrett helped Abigail piece together her story, carefully combing through drafts and helping her understand what she brings to the table.

With Jarrett’s guidance, Abigail was able to present a polished yet authentic version of herself to admissions committees through her MBA application essays.

#3 Receiving Scholarship Offers

Abigail was suitably pleased with her admissions results—offers from LBS, Kellogg, Booth, Sloan, and Wharton, and deferred from HBS—in addition to earning substantial scholarships from several of these schools.

She believes she would not have received such generous scholarship offers without Jarrett’s encouragement and the time and effort into they both put into her applications.

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