Jennifer has been such a great support to me during the application process. I would like to call out her resume edits specially, she shaped my resume into one that was crisp and yet very effective. She was very responsive and was supremely professional.
- Accepted to Stanford with a scholarship
I wanted to offer some thoughts on working with Philippe Barr through the whole process. In summary, Philippe helped me with 3/4 of my essays and a quick resume scan. I applied to Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, and MIT Sloan, and was accepted to three, waitlisted at Stanford.
I'd highly recommend Philippe across the board. Stylistically, he was exactly what I was looking for. In email communication and when I had a few follow up questions, he was very kind and personable. But, as I had hoped, his markups of my essays were not "sugar-coated" at all - he provided very direct and honest feedback. For some, this may be uncomfortable, but for me it was exactly what I needed - it helped me trust his comments and really reassess my approach when I needed to. His approach is exactly as mine would be - start with high level themes and then refine specifics/details once the structure feels good. Much more efficient.
Furthermore, in a more nuanced way, Philippe was very low-ego. Often, editors can be very stiff and inflexible - when they give a recommendation they expect it to be taken, and in subsequent versions may have difficulty accepting a rejection of their comment. I never had this problem with Philippe - when I disagreed with his comments, we discussed why, and then moved on to the broader themes of the essay. So, I felt respected as a partner and we always were very efficient.
Lastly, turnaround and response time was incredible.
Hi Jennifer, I can not say thank you enough for your help. I should have contacted you years before - instead of having indecisive, procrastinating time thinking how difficult an MBA application process is. I found the mock interview was very helpful - I was, as you said, a bit flushed. After that session, I focused on the points as you suggested. Also, having a mock interview helped me more relaxed in the real interview process itself. The preparation and introspecting process helped a lot.
[Accepted to her first-choice program]