29-year-old Canadian male reapplicant with 2.54 GPA and 690 GMAT, accepted to IESE MBA in Barcelona
Humam started a management consultant business right after getting his undergraduate business degree. He grew his business to an impressive degree, but he eventually became more interested in culture change in organizations and wanted to start a company specializing in helping other companies transform their cultures. But to do so, he knew an MBA would be essential. He also knew that his grades and GMAT scores, taken together, might not be enough to get him into the program he wanted. He also knew, after taking the GMAT eight different times, that the score was what it was. He needed help getting into business school with the score he had.
And that’s where The Art of Applying® came in. Humam reached out to us, had a Breakthrough Call, and we began working together. Our team believed that he was a good candidate despite what the numbers might have indicated.
As Humam noted, “I knew generally what I wanted, but I didn’t know if it made sense … I didn’t know if it was good enough to put on an application. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in what I wanted, and I couldn’t articulate it. I wasn’t specific enough, and yet I wanted a great story.”
Through our process of helping clients be introspective and reflect on their career goals, and in working with our mindset coaches, Humam was able to transform his vague ideas into a directed and compelling narrative—and it’s a narrative that helped get him into the MBA program of his dreams!
Start Date: September 2018 | End Date: May 2019
- 29 years old
- Management consultant
- School: Simon Fraser University
- Major: Business
- GPA: 2.54
- GMAT: 690
- IESE Business School MBA Program (University of Navarra, Barcelona)
- IESE Business School
“I thought at the time that if I had those stats, that I had no chance of getting in anywhere. That was my story and I was happily wrong about that.”
“I hoped that you [The Art of Applying®] would help me with my goals. I knew generally what I wanted, but I didn’t know if it made sense… I didn’t have a lot of confidence in what I wanted, and I couldn’t articulate it. I wasn’t specific enough, and yet I wanted a great story … I knew I wanted to get somewhere, but I had no idea what tools I had, what I’m good at, what I’m not good at … So that’s what I hoped to get out of the introspection process.”
“So the advice I have is book the Breakthrough Call and bring who you are as a person to it. And this way, you’ll know exactly if it’s right for you or not. And I’ll bet it is.”