Applicant Stories

Menlo Coaching has helped applicants from all different industries win admission to top MBA programs—from management consulting, private equity and investment banking, tech, healthcare, and beyond. That’s because we know how to shape your personal and professional background to create compelling, competitive MBA applications. Our selected Applicant Stories, grouped by target MBA program, explore a wide range of successful Menlo Coaching clients, offering a clear perspective on how Menlo Coaching can help you, no matter where you are in the MBA application process.

Harvard

Alice is honest; she tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. I was going to apply with 3 years of work experience—but Alice told me that one more year would make a substantial difference. By following her advice, I ended up with a better recommendation from my VP.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Consulting, Retail
  • Career Goals: 
    Manufacturing
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Kellogg, Booth

Harvard

I wanted to go with an admissions consultant so I could put my best foot forward. And I wanted to make sure that my application was the strongest possible. I wanted no stone unturned—I wanted the best possible case I could make with the story I had!

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Tech (hardware)
  • Career Goals: 
    STEM
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Kellogg, Haas, MIT

Harvard

It’s really hard to articulate unique life experiences in a way that is appreciated by Admissions Committees. With Menlo Coaching, we focused on “what’s my story” throughout the beginning of the process, and by the end, I had a really good understanding of what my story actually was.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Private Equity
  • Career Goals: 
    Move Up the Private Equity Ladder
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg

Harvard

Alice spent hours listening to my personal story and going back and forth on countless essay drafts. And there were other people on the team who wanted to help me and advise me. I think in this way it’s very personalized attention, and I really liked that.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance
  • Career Goals: 
    Understanding the Operational Side of Investment Banking
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Stanford

Harvard

I couldn’t really decide which story to write about in my essays, and David helped me see that both stories I had worked out fit together naturally. It had never occurred to me to stitch them together into one cohesive story, but there was definitely synergy in the combination, and the end product was something I was really happy with.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry:
    Investment Banking
  • Career Goals: 
    Become a Private Equity COO
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Stanford GSB, Wharton and Booth

Harvard

The project management piece of the Menlo service was perfect for a banking analyst like me who likes to follow a clear lead. So through the platform used by Menlo, David and his support staff were constantly reminding me of the timeline, and this helped keep me on track.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Banking
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition to Healthcare Investing
  • Admitted:
    Harvard, Columbia and Yale SOM

Harvard

Haoran

When I received an offer for a promotion at work, Pascal jumped on it immediately and offered to prepare me for interview. It was extremely helpful and very kind because that’s clearly outside of the contract.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry:
    Accounting
  • Career Goals: 
    Pivot to Investment Banking
  • Admitted:
    HBS, Yale, Wharton, Booth, Tuck, Kellogg, LBS, GSB, Columbia, Ross

Stanford

I was really impressed by the level of detail Yaron went to to learn my stories. He talked to me for hours at the start, he talked to my parents, and he took in everything I sent him and internalized it all. And it really tied things up across multiple iterations and made my final drafts fantastic.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Private Equity
  • Career Goals: 
    Advance in PE Career
  • Admitted:
    Stanford, Wharton

Jon

Stanford

I think the honesty of the service was one of the most crucial points for me. I had always considered myself a good writer coming out of school, but it became very clear very quickly that my writing was not suited for MBA applications. Yaron helped me overcome this with honest feedback and a clear commitment to quality. I really appreciated that.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Business Analytics
  • Career Goals: 
    Run a sports franchise
  • Admitted:
    Stanford GSB, Ross, Tuck, Haas, Yale and Sloan

Booth

If you’re in a situation like I was where you have a tight schedule and you need to work around employer dynamics—you don’t have 10 or 12 hours a day for the MBA application process—I think the streamlining you get from Menlo Coaching makes it a much more enriching experience.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Investment Banking 
  • Career Goals: 
    Banking with a Social Impact
  • Admitted:
    Booth, Haas, NYU Stern, and UCLA Anderson

Booth

I feel like I built a personal relationship with Alice, and this really helped me to think through my career. Menlo Coaching offers the full service, helping you with every single step of the process. Now that I’m at the end, I couldn’t be more happy with the results.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance & Tech 
  • Career Goals: 
    Defining a Clearer Position Within FinTech
  • Admitted:
    Booth, Haas

Booth

I felt like I needed something to give me a boost and take me to the next level. And when I did more reading about Menlo Coaching, I realized that they are truly the creme de la creme. And because I really wanted to push myself, I knew that working with Menlo Coaching was the only way to go.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Tech (software engineering) 
  • Career Goals: 
    Management for Enterprise Software Systems
  • Admitted:
    Booth, Kellogg, Tuck, Ross, Johnson, Vanderbilt Owen

Wharton

David really helped me to not only think about my career goals but to network with people already in the field I was targeting. That way, I got a better understanding of what it would actually be like to have those positions, and that was invaluable to my application process.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Tech 
  • Career Goals: 
    Fin-Tech
  • Admitted:
    Booth, NYU Stern, Wharton, Haas, and MIT

Wharton

At the beginning of the process I was terrified. I was worried I had a lot of catch up to do. But Menlo Coaching and Yaron made it very streamlined. Everything was structured, I had discrete things to check off over time. That way, I was able to divide and conquer as I went.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance (asset management) 
  • Career Goals: 
    Accelerate Finance Career
  • Admitted:
    Wharton, Kellogg

Wharton

I was worried about the “soft side,” or telling my story. I’ve struggled telling people about the incredible experiences I’ve had in my life, and I wanted to use a consultant to draw that out and articulate it the best way possible for the AdCom.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    College student (deferred admissions)
  • Career Goals: 
    Combine Engineering Expertise with Business Knowledge
  • Admitted:
    Columbia, MIT Sloan, Wharton

Wharton

If I had known at the start of the process what I know now, I think a lot would stay the same, but something that was very important in my process was starting early. Having the time to really craft my story was very, very important.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance (alternative investments)
  • Career Goals: 
    Develop Deeper Knowledge of Investment Banking Industry
  • Admitted:
    Wharton, Kellogg, Booth

Wharton

MBA applicants need to realize the importance of honesty: it’s something David said from the beginning. You have to be honest, you have to present your case as it is. Because the more honest you are, the more impact you will have on the AdCom.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Consultant
  • Career Goals: 
    Make a Social Impact
  • Admitted:
    Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, and Yale SOM

Wharton

Menlo Coaching does a great job of organizing all the tasks for you—whether it’s researching career goals, choosing recommenders, or tackling the essays. The service can be a huge time saver.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Senior Finance Analyst
  • Career Goals: 
    Drive Strategy for a Non-profit or NGO
  • Admitted:
    Wharton, Kellogg and Booth

Wharton/Lauder

Rodolfo

They were people who were 100% committed to being admissions consultants, who did it as a full-time job, who were available to me and fast reacting.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition to Investment Banking
  • Admitted:
    Wharton/Lauder, HBS, GSB, Columbia

Wharton

Connie

When I was rushing up to the deadlines at several schools, Danae was willing to stay late to help me get every detail in my application right.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Finance
  • Career Goals: 
    Switch Careers to Product Management
  • Admitted:
    Wharton, Booth, Haas, Sloan, Columbia

It was really great not only having an MBA coach but a cheerleader when we needed it. It wasn’t just about writing essays, it was about helping us discover what we were interested in and what the MBA could actually unlock for us.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Consulting & Finance 
  • Career Goals: 
    Private Equity & Management Consulting
  • Admitted:
    Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Fuqua

Kellogg

The process of working with Pascal was fantastic. We set up weekly standing meetings, which really helped me stay on track. Pascal was a great resource to have as a sounding board for ideas and for general advice.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Real Estate
  • Career Goals: 
    Continued Growth & Development
  • Admitted:
    Kellogg, Booth, Michigan Ross

Kellogg

Min Joon

Whenever I reached out to Danae, she was ready to hop on a call, which is something that not all admissions consultants can provide.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Venture Capital
  • Career Goals: 
    Become Growth Stage Investor
  • Admitted:
    HBS, GSB, Wharton, Columbia, MIT, Kellogg

MIT Sloan

I knew that I needed someone to really challenge me in the process, question my assumptions, and give me advice. Menlo Coaching did exactly that, because the firm only wants to take on people who are genuinely interested and passionate in getting an MBA.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Consulting
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition into Strategy Consulting
  • Admitted:
    Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Tuck and Darden

Fuqua

As far as scholarship negotiations that I went through, even though I was accepted at my first choice, I wanted to see if I could get more money. Menlo Coaching was awesome in that they walked me through my talking points and equipped me to handle that process successfully.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Accounting (tax preparation)
  • Career Goals: 
    Management Consulting
  • Admitted:
    Fuqua, Cornell Johnson, UT McCombs

Cambridge

When I started talking to Menlo Coaching, they didn’t try to sell my on anything. They listened to my story and helped me put things into perspective. I got the personal touch, and it seemed like I was being taken care of.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Engineering
  • Career Goals: 
    Product Manager in AI
  • Admitted:
    Cambridge Judge, INSEAD

Gus

UCLA Anderson

I decided to hire a consultant was because I didn’t know the ins-and-outs of what I was about to get into. Just having somebody in my corner to have my back was extremely valuable.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Tech (software engineering)
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition Into Product Management
  • Admitted:
    Anderson, Kellogg, Tuck

Emory

My target career path of investment banking requires a certain set of criteria, or things that you’re willing to bring to the table. And so I knew to differentiate myself, I needed someone with know-how and experience.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Advertising
  • Career Goals: 
    Investment Banking
  • Admitted:
    Emory Goizueta, UNC Kenan-Flagler, and Georgetown McDonough

LBS

With COVID-19, Menlo actually organized a session for all their clients so that we could talk about how to prepare for the MBA application and to provide support for those who were thinking about deferring. When Menlo Coaching says they offer the full package, they really mean it.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Commercial Banking  
  • Career Goals: 
    Investment Banking
  • Admitted:
    LBS, Yale

Haas EWMBA

Rebecca and I had a two-hour long call where she asked me a lot of questions about my life. And this allowed me to not only get the right personal statement and the right value-add for my essays, but it allowed me to reflect on myself. Now, I feel like I have more direction in my career and my life.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Pharma
  • Career Goals: 
    Joining the Family Business in Healthcare
  • Admitted:
    UCLA Anderson FEMBA, USC Marshall Part-Time, Haas EWMBA

Kellogg MBAi

I was really hoping for an MBA to make a career transition. I knew that I had a lot of operations and management experience, but the skills, the skill set, the resume, and the story—I wanted to get all that right.

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  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Military
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition Into AI
  • Admitted:
    Kellogg MBAi, Michigan Ross

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