Korean-American Woman Working in a Non-Profit Gets Into University of Virginia Darden School of Business with a Full Ride Fellowship from The Consortium
*Christine knew from her days as an undergraduate that she wanted to go to graduate school, and originally thought of applying to a business and public policy dual degree program. After working with attorneys at her non-profit organization who encouraged her, and some deep reflection, Christine realized she really wanted to get a law degree in addition to an MBA.
When asked what specifically helped her figure out why law school was a better choice for her than policy school, Christine said, “I wanted to be a lawyer. I met a lot of lawyers through my work and majored in a very ‘pre-law’ undergraduate major. People were always like, ‘Oh, you should go to law school!’ But I was like, ‘You just haven’t seen my numbers!’”
Once Christine found clarity in the degrees she wanted to pursue, she began working on her applications. However, she found it difficult to sort through all the information she needed, deciding which schools to apply to, and not knowing others who were going through this experience. “It was very all over the place,” she said about her application process before reaching out to us.
After watching a number of our client case study videos, she made a bet on herself and reached out to The Art of Applying® to enroll in the Application Accelerator® program. Christine said this about her decision to enroll in the Application Accelerator®, “It was an investment in myself. I had proactively decided to find people who are going to help me get what I want and I’m going to put myself in position for me to get what I want.”
Here’s what Christine said her favorite part of working with The Art of Applying® was, “So many parts of it! First of all, the team you assembled I really appreciate. Given the kinds of clients that you’re working with, it’s great to see that reflected in the consultants as well. Just getting to know them was so eye-opening. I feel like I grew as a person getting to know some of the consultants.”
All of Christine’s hard work and dedication paid off! Not only did she get into University of Virginia Darden School of Business, but she became a Consortium Fellow and received a full ride fellowship to go there.
What does it mean for Christine to be able to attend business school with a full scholarship? “I think just going back to school and considering my own growth, learning about different parts of business, and even more about different career paths that I’ve started to explore through the process of applying and will continue to do so by meeting my classmates… Those opportunities are open to me and in a way that the additional financial burden is not a part of the calculation of like, ‘I have to work in a certain sector after I graduate because of this debt.’ That’s not a part of the calculation.”
Congratulations, Chrstine! We are so proud of your success and happy to have been part of your journey to business school, and we know it won’t be long before you get accepted to law school too!
Start Date: September 2020 | End Date: May 2021
- GPA: 3.5
- GRE: 161 Quantitative, 165 Verbal
- Major: Political Philosophy
- University of Virginia Darden School of Business
- Northwestern Kellogg & Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
- NYU Stern
- Dartmouth Tuck
- Georgetown Law & McDonough School of Business
- University of Virginia Darden School of Business – The Consortium Fellowship Full Scholarship
On how Christine decided to reach out to The Art of Applying® for a Quick Call:
“I watched a lot of the testimonial videos. I remember reading blogs and getting emails for a while because I had thought about going to graduate school for a number of years… To me, The Art of Applying® has really stood out because it was founded by you [Kaneisha Grayson], and I loved your personality and your general philosophy. I also thought the other clients were really interesting. The people who were getting into these programs who were the “wild cards.” So, that was a big part of it.
Why did Christine choose to work with us over any other admissions consultancy?
“Some consultants are like, ‘Before we work together, you need this number [for a test score],’ or like ‘I need you to decide how many programs you’re going to apply to upfront.’ There were certain things about working with other people that felt restrictive. A lot of them aren’t very community-oriented.”
On Christine’s initial concerns on working with a consultant:
“This was the biggest risk I’ve taken on since graduating college. I did all the work and knew I was going to get the outcome, but the worst case scenario was I could have gotten nothing. I could have paid all the tuition and been like, ‘I guess I got in nowhere.’”
That’s why we offer a Green Light Guarantee™ for those who enroll in our Application Accelerator® and do all the work in the program! Yes, this does mean if you don’t get in, we’ll work with you again for your next application cycle for free so it doesn’t have to feel like you aren’t getting your money’s worth. Your success is our success.
On why you should work with The Art of Applying®:
“At the end of the day, it’s a very personal decision to use a consultant or not. For me, it was very much worth it. I could not have foreseen how wild an application cycle this was going to be with the pandemic and a lot of people deciding to go back to graduate school. It’s made for a really competitive year. I would not have felt as secure about where I’m about to head as well. I absolutely know that I did the most that I possibly could at this juncture in my life to look into where I wanted to go and who I wanted to go with. This is obviously biased, but I do think if you are going to work with any consultant, you should work with The Art of Applying®.”
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*Christine is not her real name. Our client asked that we not share her real name in her client case study.