I chose Sam after talking to almost every counselor known in Japan. There are three main reasons.
1. He pours plenty of time into each person.
Because he works with a small number of clients, he has the ability to spend a longer time with each client compared to counselors with bigger rosters, and his email responses are always quick.
2. High empathy
Since Sam himself has been through the MBA application process at competitive schools, he gives great advice for managing the overall process, more than just the documents we produced. He enabled me to build on my thoughts through effective brainstorming and showed me how to best express those ideas in appealing context for the Admissions Teams while providing opinions and alternatives for me to choose which ideas would fit my feelings best..
3. Spirit of “Let’s grow together”
From our first conversation, the strength of Sam’s personality has been conveyed. Sam himself has the spirit to grow with the students, so we were both working for the same result. I think it was a big thing for me that I felt that I wanted to respond to that feeling during the difficult period of the examination period. I could clearly see that my success would clearly help Sam’s success, so we were both incentivized to give a maximum effort.
Now that I have decided to enroll at Kellogg, I would like to look back on three points regarding the service based on my actual experience.
(1) Unlimited time plan based on the number of schools applying
I signed up for an unlimited time counseling plan by the number of school applications, instead of by the hour. It is a contract that you can consult as many times as you like for business schools that you have agreed on in advance. In my case, after signing a contract for 3 schools in R1, I signed a contract for 2 additional schools in R2. I’m very happy with this choice, as I’ll explain later. When I actually calculated it, it was much cheaper than if I had chosen the hourly system.
(2) Application preparation
Because of the unlimited time, I was able to interact with Sam until I was satisfied with all the consultations, essay writing, and video shooting, including organizing my core story such as Why MBA?.
In every session he tries to understand you deeply, so which provides impactful advice that only someone who truly knows your stories can do. The Unlimited Time system was also really beneficial, because some schools required additional essays after getting an interview invitation (MIT, Booth). I think the reason I received interview invitations from all the applicant schools was that I was able to clearly show my core story and my values through Sam’s advice.
(3) Interview measures and aftercare
Of course, there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend on interview practice. Sam himself prepared irregular questions based on the information collected over time, and it was very helpful in the actual production without any trouble in answering. Even after the interview, he was always concerned about me and contacted me, and even when I entered the waitlist at some schools, he kindly consulted me until the very end.
I can tell you more, but in summary, it’s clear that no one chooses Sam and regrets it!