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Court is a Harvard Business School MBA who, for nearly 20 years, has helped prospective students from the U.S., Latin America and Europe shape applications that stand out from the crowd. His clients have successfully applied to HBS, Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Columbia, Wharton and other business programs.
Trained as a journalist at the University of Texas at Austin, he understands the secrets of good storytelling. Court has spent much of his professional career working for media companies like CBS, Univision, Telemundo and Mexico’s TV Azteca. He understands the need for sharp writing and even sharper editing. Because of his work in Spanish-language media, this New York City resident is very comfortable working with students for whom English is a second or third language.
As an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt and Professional Studies schools, Court developed and delivered curricula for media-industry courses, including “Diversity in Media & Advertising” and “Selling Your Pitch: The Essentials of the Business of Television.”
A contributing writer for Forbes.com, Court’s work may frequently be seen in places such as the Washington Post, VICE, Quartz and other periodicals. He is a member of ASJA, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
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Our consultants are experienced professionals with years of success sending clients to elite business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg, MIT, Chicago, LBS, and INSEAD.
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I had the privilege of working with Court as my coach during the MBA application process for my dream university, New York University. His guidance was instrumental in my success. Court’s expertise and support were remarkable. He took the time to understand my aspirations and experiences, providing personalized advice. His meticulous feedback helped me go beyond surface-level goals, allowing me to express my authentic self. He pushed me to convey the value I could bring to the university and fellow students, giving my application a compelling edge.
Court’s professionalism and dedication were evident throughout. His prompt feedback ensured I met deadlines while maintaining quality, which was no easy feat considering I contacted him less than a month before the submission deadline. Through the process, he offered constructive criticism in a supportive manner, refining my thoughts and maintaining my voice.
In addition to essay guidance, Court provided valuable insights on the overall application process. From selecting recommenders to interview preparation, his expertise and understanding of admissions committees gave me the confidence to present my best self.
I highly recommend Court to anyone starting their MBA application journey. His expertise, commitment, and passion for storytelling make him an outstanding coach. I am forever grateful for his guidance and support in achieving this incredible opportunity.
I had the opportunity to work with Court during my MBA application process, and I cannot recommend him enough. As someone who had concerns about my chances of getting into a top program, Court provided unwavering support and dedication that helped me build the confidence I needed to succeed.
Court’s attention to detail and brainstorming skills helped me craft compelling essays that showcased my strengths and unique qualities, making me a competitive candidate for top programs despite my below-average test scores. His availability to always discuss my concerns and offer reassurance was invaluable, especially during moments of self-doubt.
With Court’s guidance, I will be attending my top choice, Kellogg, with a scholarship. I now consider Court a mentor and a lifelong friend, and I credit him for being instrumental in my MBA journey.
If you are embarking on the MBA application process and seeking someone who is dedicated, supportive, and detail-oriented, I highly recommend Court. He has been an integral part of my success, and I am grateful for all he has done for me.
At the beginning of my application journey, I spoke with various top admissions consultants. About 5 minutes into my conversation with Court, I knew that he was the one I wanted to work with.
What made Court stand out? Instead of focusing on my weaknesses and how my profile needs to improve, Court made an effort to learn what drives me, what I want to do, and what makes me who I am — he was already thinking about how we can shape my application. I could tell that he was going to be a true partner throughout the process.
Court is extremely knowledgeable of the MBA process. His approach is very detailed and truly helped me identify my strengths so that I could shine in my application. Although his process was structured, Court was flexible with his approach. He was willing to change how we work together and craft my application so that I was comfortable enough to put my full self into the application. He helped me identify my goals, strengths, and how my prior professional and personal experiences connect with how I can contribute to each MBA program I applied to.
He went above and beyond preparing me to write my essays, even helping me get in touch with alumni at my target schools. I had multiple essay iterations, and he provided thorough feedback to each. Court helped me identify my differentiating factors and bring light to stories that showed my strengths. He helped me see how experiences that I initially thought were unimportant or irrelevant actually were vital in sharing my story and what I could add to the MBA community.
With Court’s help, I was able to show more about my candidacy with each component — the essays, recommendations, short answers, and the interview. He helped me connect that thread throughout my application so that the admissions committee would not be left with questions.
I am an extremely anxious person, so although Court helped me craft the best application I could have submitted, I was still nervous that I wasn’t going to get interview invites or be admitted. Court helped me manage my anxiety and trust the process – his process. He helped me believe in myself and feel like the schools I applied to were actually in reach. Note, he wasn’t just telling me what I wanted to hear. He was candid in where my application could be stronger, but instead of focusing on my weaknesses, he helped me bolster my strengths in other areas of the application.
I was accepted into my top choice (Wharton!) with scholarship – something only 30% of admitted students achieve. Court helped me achieve this.
I contacted Court about almost only one month left to submit my round 2 applications. After talking to him in the free consulting session, I decided that he was the coach I sought for.
I come from an international background, also non-traditional background. During the entire process, Court has been extremely friendly (with a great sense of humor, too!), patient with my inquiries and questions, and respectful of my strengths, weaknesses, background experience, and decisions. When the submission dates became imminent, Court performed extraordinarily quickly and responsibly to help me polish my materials at a swift pace. Then, Covid-19 struck, my mother went sick, and I had to take care of her and work on the final touch of my materials. Court was very supportive and considerate of my schedule, school choices, and potential backup plans. Whenever I was about to lose faith in finishing and submitting in time, Court was there to listen, encourage, and give advice. I applied for a mix of MBAs and Masters of Real Estate. We finally made it. I had offers from UCB, Columbia, and MIT, and ultimately I chose MIT.
From my own experience with Court, you won’t regret choosing him to accompany and guide you through the arduous application process. Court is responsible and caring, always replies on time or even quicker, and never lets you down. He is also a kind and lovely person with a great writing style, a sense of humor, and without bias. He is the type of coach who really would like to get to know you, understand your needs, listen to your frustrations, ambitions, and future goals, and in the end, help you to figure out a feasible plan and make sure you rest in good hands.
The MBA prep school’s website is also resourceful and helped me to save a lot of time. Honestly, the package price is quite reasonable, even a great deal, for the actual service you get from Court. I eventually became friends with Court after my application was made. I want to give him 10 stars, but the website only allows 5 🙂
As someone from an overrepresented background with a non-linear career trajectory, I knew that it would be crucial for me to have an admissions consultant who can help me structure a compelling story for a top MBA program. I spoke to a number of consultants based all over the globe and found that Court had the best action plan to support me through the grueling MBA admissions process.
Court was able to help me bring out various aspects of my work experience, extracurriculars, and personal life in creative ways that made me confident about my ability to apply to top MBA schools. He always had availability on his calendar and would also go out of the way to schedule a time slot, when necessary, despite me being in a very divergent time zone.
Court also played the role of a mentor through the many months we worked on my applications. He always believed in the strength of my candidacy even when I would doubt it and also offered to connect me with his acquaintances in the industry I’m interested in post-MBA.
Thanks to Court I was accepted into Wharton Lauder, my dream program, with a sizeable Lauder fellowship. I highly recommend MBA hopefuls, and especially candidates with non-traditional profiles, to work with Court as they begin their MBA journeys.
Court is an excellent mentor. I’m based in Chile and was inclined to book a local MBA coach but after doing more research and having an introduction call with Court, I felt that given his expertise with international folks combined with his deep understanding of the complex application process, I should hire Court.
A few months later, after many ups and downs and Courts immense support, I got accepted at Columbia Business School and I’m very happy about the decision I made.
Court has an incredible storytelling talent, he helped me highlight my key experiences, skills, and personality traits. He motivated and supported me during the good and the difficult times in the process.
I sought MBA consulting to help me to navigate the admissions process and refine my application. When it was time to put pen to paper, I lacked the confidence to effectively communicate my accomplishments. Working with Court was the turning point of my EMBA application process. He is truly gifted at his craft and helped me find my voice in my application. By the time my interview came around, I was confident knowing that I had absolutely put my best foot forward in every detail of my application – thank you to Court.
As for his working style, Court is extremely accommodating and genuinely wants to see you win. Because I had a fast-approaching deadline, Court met with me evenings and weekends to ensure I was prepared to submit my materials on time. Court was judicious of our time together, and I left every session with a sense of ease. He is very personable, and kind and makes a great effort to understand his client and their story. Beyond the application, Court helped me critically think about my “why” in our work together which made me even more grateful to have found him when I did.
Needless to say, working with Court was worth the investment. I highly recommend taking any opportunity to work with him!
Fifteen consultants/companies. That is the number of MBA consultants I interview with. And Court was the last one I talked to among 15, and the best. Finding a good consultant is “dating”; sometimes, it’s all about feeling. I still remember the day I first met with Court. One year ago. Time flies. That day, I was tired due to the entire week’s work. But I immediately woke up because Court was full of energy and already had some questions specific to me and an initial plan.
Even before I paid the money, Court answered all questions and emails quickly and helped me to find connections with his previous candidates with similar backgrounds to learn more about what Court could help with. Court is a premium-level consultant, which means if you are looking at this testimonial now and Court already says he wants to work with you, you are amazing. Now the next step is showing your personality and unique story to those gatekeepers (admission team) of M7 and S16 schools. Court works in the Media industry; Court is an active writer of famous newspaper columns; Court is a professor, especially teaching people how to pitch. Court is an expert in teaching his candidates how to use an essay to touch the readers and how to let people memorize you in only one or two minutes.
M7, S16 schools are totally different. If you have watched Harry Porter before, I am sure there is an invisible Sorting Hat of MBA admission telling you are Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. Court will help you find your unique point of difference, link with the school’s unique culture, and specify your career goals and contributions to the school community. Court is a strategist, or let’s say, a “wizardkind.” If you decide to work with Court, please make every decision with him and trust him.
Trust me, sometimes during your application year, you will feel worried or even despair. At least, I was. And Court became a therapist. He never ever loses his trust and faith in me. When I need someone to give me advice or support, Court is always there, never leaving. Court brings out the best in me, and always takes my essay or other application materials to the next level. As a data scientist, when I build a prediction model, from 0% to 90% is easy. But every single improvement from 90% to 99.99% is much more difficult. Court and I persist together, to make my application to the 99.99%. Can you believe how many times we worked on a one-minute pitch? And try different versions of intros to make the pitch full of memory points.
I am grateful that now I have a friend despite the difference in age, a mentor with tons of life experience and significant accomplishments, and a person who shares the same VALUEs, with whom I can always talk to. I may still get into a good school without Court’s help, but with Court, I am becoming a better person knowing I have the potentials and abilities to contribute to the community.
Court was the best thing that could have happened to my MBA Admissions process.
I started my journey by talking to a lot of potential MBA consultants, and I knew that Court was the one I wanted to work with as soon as I met him. In our informational call (before I had even signed anything), he didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear. He gave me genuinely helpful feedback and things to think about in regard to my application, and he made it abundantly clear that he was the most experienced and thoughtful consultant of them all. It was clear that I’d be in good hands.
Once we started our engagement, Court was the perfect balance of instructor and cheerleader. He had a highly-successful method that made it so easy for me to self-reflect on my goals, identify my application themes, and understand how to craft my application. He also looked out for me by connecting me with extra resources for my post-MBA field, giving me advice on how to become a better writer, and truly tailoring the entire process to what would work best for me. Honestly, he wasn’t just a consultant. He was a mentor, a confidante, and even a friend.
Court helped me get absolutely stellar MBA admissions results. Thanks to him, I gained admission to three top MBA programs – plus scholarships! I truly couldn’t have done it without Court. I’d recommend him ten times over.
I worked with Court on my application to Columbia. Upon first meeting, Court and I instantly connected as we have similar career backgrounds. He took the time to understand my goals and desires with my application.
I was a re-applicant to Columbia and working on a quick turnaround. Court worked to manage my timeline and put my best self forward. I worked with Court on an hourly package and he went above and beyond to guide me, was always available to answer questions, and used my hours efficiently.
Court is an amazing MBA coach and is very kind and supportive. He invests in you and wants you to have the best outcome. Throughout the whole process, he was encouraging and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. I was accepted into Columbia which was my dream school. I recommend him to everyone.
I reached out to Court two weeks before the first application deadline, so it meant we had a really tight schedule. Despite the quick turnaround, he did not compromise on the quality of the app and helped me build the best application possible. He was very responsive and flexible throughout the whole time we worked together. I had a lot of material scattered everywhere and Court helped me focus the content. He is a great person to work with and supportive throughout the process and even after everything was submitted. He would regularly check in to offer support. I ended up being accepted to both schools I applied to (HBS and Wharton)! I highly recommend Court as he is not only a great MBA coach but also a person that genuinely cares for the success of his clients.
I worked with Court on four MBA applications in 2 months. I was accepted to Northwestern Kellogg. At the beginning of the process, I had no idea what I was doing and felt overwhelmed by the complexity of the process. Court made the journey not simple, but clear, and possible.
I would stress several key strengths of Court’s coaching style:
1) He believes in you, and that is something that will be very important because sometimes even you will doubt your own chances.
2) He has an instinct in sensing whether your storytelling is impactful or not, and will help you find key details that clarify your uniqueness, and will teach you how to best express them in both essays and interviews. Court will curate your application as a piece of art.
3) He has great communication, is transparent – yet respectful – in saying what he thinks, and won’t add any layer of complexity to a process that is already challenging in itself.
The teachings I received from Court are precious, and will remain part of me for my entire career.
Being a naturally introverted woman, and a working mom of two teens in Dubai, I was very doubtful that my dream of being admitted to a reputable business school in the US could ever be realized. I felt vulnerable and so unlike a typical MBA candidate. That was before I met Court. I had met with a couple of other MBA coaches before him and never felt the same connection. It was his kindness that struck me immediately. He is brilliant, ethical, methodical, and trustworthy. He had a genuine interest in helping me be all I could be and it shone through in every interaction. His approach was tailored to me, he never tried to cast me in a particular mold. His way of building up my candidacy centered on my life, aspirations, and achievements, all the while reassuring me of my strengths, immediately allayed a lot of my fears and made me more confident about my prospects. He broke down the daunting application process into much smaller and manageable milestones and planned for each and every one of them with me, which made the process as easy as possible. He was my guiding light and a watchful eye. Despite the nine hours time difference between us, he was always available and always prompt in his feedback, even making the time difference work to our advantage. I will always remember how he would refer to the deadlines as “our next deadline…” as a real partner in the process.
I naturally enjoy writing but it was his critique that made it a lot more fun for me. He helped in refining the content until it was crisp and impactful and a real reflection of my journey. It was amazing to see him work. In interview preparation, he was like a mirror of truth, giving me meticulous feedback covering a range of aspects, helping me feel much better prepared and confident.
I have learned a lot from Court, even beyond the application process. I am glad to have gotten to know him as a friend and a wonderful human being.
“Venkat, you are a unicorn, and many top business schools would love to have you as their student.”
Court believed in my credentials more than I did and said the above sentence numerous times during my application journey. He spent almost an hour during our first conversation understanding my background, profile, and life story. He had a similar journey to mine-transitioning from journalism to the business world through an MBA. That was an added advantage, and I decided immediately to seek his guidance. His valuable suggestions helped me shape my application efficiently and taught me various things related to my post-MBA career. I am highly confident that his bits of advice during the conversations and video calls will be helpful even after a decade from now.
Court’s patience, dedication towards his work, simplicity, and empathy make him different from other best MBA coaches in the market. UCLA Anderson was my top choice since day one. He felt happier than me when I got the UCLA Anderson School of Management offer. This speaks volumes about the connection he establishes with the aspiring students.
If I had to summarize everything into four words, I would say, “Court is the best.”
I remember starting off my application journey doubting my candidacy and being daunted by the process ahead. My dream schools felt completely out of reach. And then, I met Court. I’d spoken with other consultants before and hadn’t felt a strong connection, but immediately felt Court saw me for who I was. He was invested in me from our very first meeting, and his enthusiasm and passion turned what could have been an agonizing process into a very rewarding one.
Court broke down the application process into manageable pieces, from resume editing, story building, and essay writing, all the way to interview preparation (and every step in between). He patiently worked with me to refine, polish, and, when necessary, go back to the drawing board with my materials. The result was confidence at every juncture that I was putting my truest self forward in my written applications and interviews. I received a call from my HBS interviewer post-acceptance in which he told me I had one of the best interviews he’d seen – and that is thanks to the prep I did with Court!
Court has a rare talent for seeing the best in people and inspiring them to express that outwardly. My applications were immeasurably more authentic thanks to his encouragement to dig deeper, be detailed, and be open to vulnerability. And it is precisely that authenticity I credit with receiving acceptances to HBS and Wharton. I never felt like I was working in a purely transactional business relationship because I was working with a mentor and friend who genuinely cared about my success and wellbeing. He believed in me even when I doubted myself – I almost chose not to apply this past round because I was so worried about taking the GMAT! With his support, I persevered and will be attending Harvard Business School in the fall.
Court’s impact continues beyond the time I spent applying and interviewing. The written and verbal communication skills he taught me will be invaluable at business school and beyond. On a personal note, he serves as one of the greatest examples of a true coach, embodying empathy, perceptiveness, and authenticity in spades. I’m very fortunate to have worked with him and would do so again in a heartbeat.
Before meeting Court, I was inclined to work with another consultant that was well-known in my country but with whom I didn’t feel a connection. However, after meeting Court, it became evident that he was exactly the kind of coach that I needed. I realized that he was genuinely interested in getting to know me and my motivations. In order to pursue 6 applications, I needed someone who would not just support me, but guide me and challenge me through the process. Court is that person.
From the very beginning, our interactions were very fruitful. Far before writing essays, Court helped me explore my short and long-term goals. He also helped me see the contributions that I could make to each MBA program, and discover some of my stories that would later prove to be invaluable when writing my essays. He was always very supportive, even during the tough period of studying for the GMAT. Court was always able to jump on a call when my morale was low.
During the essay writing process, Court was key to achieving an impeccable standard in all my essays. He provided detailed feedback on each essay, helping me to write stories with coherent messages, always sharp and straight to the point. What mattered most to me is that Court always respected the essence of my story, something that I appreciated deeply. Court remained available for calls when I needed feedback or was uninspired.
When I was called for interviews, Court gave me excellent tips to prepare myself, and provided me with very actionable feedback after our mock interview. I ended up being accepted into four programs, two of which were my top choices.
I believe that working with Court made an incredible difference in my overall process. He was very supportive from the beginning and encouraged me to deliver the best applications possible. If I had to do this process again, I would choose Court in the blink of an eye.
I reached out to Court in the summer before I applied to MBA programs. Early in our first meeting, I knew he was the perfect person to help guide me through the process. He really made an effort to get to know me not only as an MBA candidate, but as a person, and he consistently went above and beyond in helping me with each facet of my applications. His in-depth knowledge of the MBA application process, his level of thoroughness in the several rounds of constructive feedback that he gave me (while still remaining incredibly kind), and his background in storytelling were all immensely helpful as I wrote my applications.
After the applications were submitted, Court continued to go the extra mile during the interview process. He gave me tips on details that I would have overlooked without him, but after hearing them, I felt that my interview skills drastically improved. The mock interview that he conducted gave me the confidence and ability to put my best foot forward during my actual interviews. The coaching he provided for the interviews was invaluable to my success.
As a person, Court was always incredibly kind, and even though my application process is over I’m glad to say I’ll always consider him a close friend. Before I met him, I felt that Stanford GSB was a bit of a long shot for me, but he instilled confidence in me that I had a chance, and ultimately his guidance was instrumental to my acceptance. He not only knows the vital ins-and-out of the MBA admissions process, but further stands out because of the distinctive qualities of his professional storytelling background and his kindness through the process. He is not only a top-tier MBA coach, but also an amazing person.
The experience of working with him was invaluable, and I consider working with him to be one of the best investments in myself that I’ve ever made. Thanks to him, I’m going to attend the school of my dreams. I would unequivocally recommend Court to anyone who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with him.
Finding an admissions consultant can be challenging, especially in Latin America. By the time I met Court, I had already spoken with several coaches and was inclining towards those with the highest “reputation”. Court is the last consultant I met. It was a surprise to see how attentive he was, and how eager he seemed to support me in my application journey. For the first time, I felt like the person on the other side of the screen could connect with who I was and what I aspired to do.
At that point, deciding to work with Court felt like a natural next step. From the beginning, Court supported me with discipline and order. We met regularly to deepen into my stories and my goals. Court has an impressive capacity to see you for who you are, but at the same time propose ways to improve the way that you tell your stories and present yourself. I especially appreciated Court’s constant feedbacks, always spot-on and valuable.
During the essays editing process, Court is the best partner you can imagine. He will never delve into commenting specifics if he’s not comfortable with the overall arch – which to me proved invaluable. Court understands the importance of building coherent, specific and powerful essays, and will go through every step necessary until the materials are outstanding. For the interviews, Court assigns the same level of dedication – delving fully into the role and giving specific and actionable feedback.
Through the journey, Court showed me how unique my stories are, and always made me feel like I deserved to be in these programs. Having this reassurance, as well as some friendly push to think outside the box about my goals, were also key factors for my successful applications. I can’t imagine having gone through this process with anyone else, and would recommend anyone to meet Court to see for themselves the amazing professional and person that he is.
I wanted to be extra thorough in my search for an MBA consultant, so when MBA Prep School first matched me with Court, I requested a few references with whom I could speak. Within a day, Court provided me with the contact information of three previous clients who all agreed. I really appreciated that Court provided me with these references so that I could feel extra confident in my choice. Upon learning about each client’s exceptional experiences with Court, I knew that I was making the right decision.
Hiring Court to guide me through the MBA admissions processes, in the middle of a global pandemic, was one of my best investments. His warmth and positive attitude made me feel welcome, confident, and less intimidated by the MBA application process. He emphasized that the process, while daunting, should ultimately be a fun and rewarding journey that in turn enables personal growth.
While the process is an intense commitment (both time-wise and emotionally), I felt like Court was by my side the entire time. He is a gifted storyteller who was instrumental in helping me craft my story in an honest and concise fashion; he had a way of offering advice without it feeling like I had to implement his suggestion. In fact, he knew that the first essay I drafted should be thrown out, as it felt inauthentic (which I also knew, in my heart of hearts). Thanks to his keen insights, thoughtful guidance, and sharp focus, I was able to complete five unique MBA applications in the course of 2.5 months.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with Court, and I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been able to be my true, authentic self throughout this process if it wasn’t for him. I consider my time spent with Court as a period of personal growth that ultimately will be aid in my success at Business School. Thank you, Court!
I cannot say enough positive about Court. I spoke with a number of MBA admissions coaches, but the second I spoke with Court I knew he was the right fit. His philosophy is all about authenticity and ensuring what YOU, as the candidate, are deeply passionate about comes across in your application. That means going beyond a laundry list of accomplishments & awards, or writing about how you’re the greatest leader since Napoleon. Court helps you dig deep – get beyond the facade of your profile and communicate what drives your passions.
I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have been as successful of an MBA candidate without Court. He took the time and effort to connect with me on a fundamental level and leverage that understanding to guide a successful application. It’s clear that he not only cares deeply about what he does but also deeply about you as an individual.
The MBA admissions process can be daunting. It’s easy to feel self-conscious or inadequate when putting together your essays, especially when so much reflection is involved. Court helped me see myself through someone else’s eyes, and feel genuinely proud about my past experience.
I do not hesitate to recommend Court unequivocally to anyone looking for an MBA Admissions coach.
In the last 6 months, I had the pleasure of working with Court for my MBA applications.
I would 100% recommend him to anyone who wants to elevate his/her application to the next level. Before I met Court, I didn’t even know how to start the applications. Court guided me in a very structured way during the process. Thanks to him, I never had the feeling of being overwhelmed or being lost in the process.
What makes Court great is that he has extended knowledge of what the admissions want. He knows exactly what to do to make you can stand out. He has the natural ability to listen to you. He picks things up that maybe doesn’t seem important for you but can be a huge dealbreaker for your application.
Court brings his experiences and knowledge into the process. All of this in a very gentle and humble manner. He will never force or push his opinions on you.
He goes even further than the extra mile. At one moment, I doubted my list of universities. He gave me so many insights about the possibilities in the MBA landscape. He provided me a total picture of business schools, which was for me, living overseas, a huge help.
Court went above and beyond. He was always there to listen (day/night) no matter the time differences. I received feedback very fast during the process. Even after the process, he takes care of you. His follow-ups are very thorough. He gave me a VIP feeling. I never had the feeling of doing the process alone or feeling neglected.
Hiring Court was one of my best investments. I have zero regrets. The only regret is that I did not work him sooner.
Court was a fantastic coach to work with for my MBA application process. Coming from a non-traditional background for MBAs, I had a lot to learn about the process. Court’s background in journalism really set him up to assist me in preparing my MBA application narrative.
Court’s comments on my essays and resume were consistently constructive, incisive, and supportive. Because I had limited experience in drafting essays, he helped me through the entire process, from brainstorming topics and developing my story to polishing my essays prior to submission. He further worked with me on my mock interviews, providing specific feedback which really improved my performance.
I can’t recommend working with Court more – he’s a great coach and I consistently enjoyed our meetings, which were always productive and focused.
I applied to five schools with Court’s assistance, and received admission to four – Chicago Booth, Yale SOM, Dartmouth Tuck, and Georgetown McDonough. The results speak for themselves, but what they don’t show is how consistently supported I felt through the process, from initial consultation to acceptances. I cannot recommend working with him more.
Working with Court Stroud and MBA Prep was a phenomenal experience. I started working with Court in the extended Round 4 of May 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. It was quite a feat! I signed with MBA Prep on May 4th and made my target deadline of June 1st for all three schools I applied to. Court was up for the challenge, and together, we completed all deliverables in a little under a month. I ended up getting into my first choice B-School (UCLA Anderson) and my backup (USC Marshall).
I spoke with several top consulting firms before deciding to work with Court. They all sounded terrific, and it was a difficult decision. Court, however, was the only consultant I spoke with who seemed to really “get” me. I am a career explorer with a background as a creative in the entertainment industry and entrepreneurship. Court matched up perfectly with me with his career background in media consulting and network television. With the other consultants, I had a sinking feeling they were going to have a hard time understanding my career background, which was necessary to help me add some quantifiable metrics to my non-traditional MBA background.
The other element that sold me was Court’s willingness to advise on potential career pivots. Many other consultants I spoke with expressed that career advice was not part of their package. I knew that would be a sticking point for me because such a critical part of the MBA application is clearly expressing what your short and long term career goals are post-graduation. I think answering those questions for a career explorer or pivoter can be daunting if you don’t have someone on your side who is willing to delve into that research with you or at least help point you in the right direction.
During a follow-up call with the co-founder of MBA Prep, Chris Aitken, Chris advised that although they would love to have me as a client, I should go with my gut in choosing a consultant. That sealed the deal for me. My gut had been screaming, “go with Court!” from the beginning. On our first call, Court was kind, charitable with his time, and genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person. He’s an excellent listener, and after we ended the call, I truly felt like he would personally invest himself in my success.
After we started working together, Court became my cheerleader. He made the formidable task of meeting a 1-month deadline for three school applications manageable. He always responded to my drafts within 48 hours, if not less, during weeks with tight deadlines. He encouraged me to reach out via text or phone any time I felt stuck, needed help or encouragement. Court’s editing and writing abilities are outstanding. He is a contributing writer at Forbes and has been featured in Vice, HuffPost, the Washington Post, amongst many others. I loved that I didn’t ever feel like he was judging my writing. As soon as the process of essay writing started, we got into a great groove of drafts, editing, and re-writes that felt seamless. Also, talking to Court was always just a real joy. I never felt like I was “on the clock”. He was more than generous with his time. I always felt comfortable expressing any fears and concerns in a safe and supportive environment.
In going with my gut, Court stood out as the best choice for me, and I could not be happier with my results. I feel so lucky to have found him and MBA prep. Thank you again, Court and MBA Prep. It was a life-changing decision. I now consider Court a friend and someone I can reach out to anytime for advice on this journey moving forward. As Court would tell me, “Just take the step forward, and the road will meet you.”
The only school I wanted to apply was MIT Sloan School, known for its scientific rigor and applied learning approach within an innovation ecosystem. At the time of my decision to do so, I had conviction about the school but tons of uncertainties about how to successfully navigate the arduous process of an application. It took me a 15-min call to know already that Court would be an amazing coach, well suited to my expectations.
Court is like a human GPS, who will assist you through all the navigation steps of the application. He will push you to discover yourself, to be authentic, to know who you are and what you want to accomplish through an MBA.
Court went above and beyond in every step of the process. I said Court is a human GPS because he knows all the roads you need to take, where the bumps are, and …. many of the bumps are in yourself. With his help, you will discover them, and you will feel more confident and competent to the task.
Court was very professional and emphatic, and neither left anything unplanned nor cut corners in terms of his support to my successful application. He was initially my coach. I consider him a life-long friend and a mentor.
It was a privilege to work with Court on multiple applications to top-20 MBA programs. Prior to reaching out to MBA Prep School, I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the application process. After just one call with Court, I felt reassured and confident that he would help me create an application that genuinely reflected my story and highlighted my accomplishments.
Court gracefully provided clear and honest feedback, pushing me to share experiences, passions, and future goals that would help me stand out from other applicants. Whenever I emailed with a question or concern, he provided a prompt and thoughtful response. He is not only rigorous but empathetic: Court seemed to instinctively know when I needed a cheerleader. The value of Court’s guidance cannot be overstated; the caliber of the applications that I submitted would not have been possible without him.
Court provided me with invaluable support during the interview process, as well. From the way he conducted our mock interview to the feedback he gave me afterward, Court set me up for success. His guidance allowed me to feel calm and prepared when I stepped into each of my interviews. I know I will use many of the takeaways I learned from him as I move forward in my career.
I am truly grateful to have worked with Court. His expertise, genuine interest in helping others succeed, and reassuring guidance were instrumental to my success in the MBA application process. Thank you, Court!
After receiving an invitation to interview at HBS, I reached out to MBA Prep School to investigate setting up a mock interview. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Court, and with his help, I went into my interview feeling extremely confident. He gave me broad insights on what HBS admissions officers are looking for in an interview, as well as extremely personalized feedback based on our mock interview. He made me aware of my physical and verbal ticks that could be distracting, and he recapped my each of my answers, highlighting which ones could use work and in what way.
Court also went above and beyond when it came to the HBS post-interview reflection, which is due 24 hours after the interview. The day of my interview, he made himself available to recap the day with me, and he helped me focus in on the couple of things that made sense to highlight in the reflection letter.
Court is extremely dedicated and passionate about mentoring aspiring MBA students, and I am fortunate to have worked with him.
After receiving an invitation to interview at HBS, I reached out to MBA Prep School to investigate setting up a mock interview. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Court, and with his help, I went into my interview feeling extremely confident. He gave me broad insights on what HBS admissions officers are looking for in an interview, as well as extremely personalized feedback based on our mock interview. He made me aware of my physical and verbal ticks that could be distracting, and he recapped each of my answers, highlighting which ones could use work and in what way.
Court also went above and beyond when it came to the HBS post-interview reflection, which is due 24 hours after the interview. On the day of my interview, he made himself available to recap the day with me, and he helped me focus in on the couple of things that made sense to highlight in the reflection letter.
Court is remarkably gifted writer, advisor, storyteller, and person. I had the opportunity to work through multiple applications to top 20 MBA programs with him. Court helped me clarify my own career aspirations and also helped me craft an application that was differentiated, authentic, and ultimately successful in landing a spot at a top MBA program. Looking back on this and reflecting on my own career, I consider the time spent with Court invaluable and consider myself fortunate to have him as a mentor, advisor and friend!
Court is an extraordinary human being and an absolutely awesome advisor! We worked closely together on four business school applications. Given his journalism training and experience as an essayist and contributor for major publications, Court was seamlessly able to help me distill and reposition the most salient elements of my applications. Moreover, Court’s extensive media background and global outlook make him a uniquely gifted storyteller, very much attuned to what business school admission officers are looking to validate in a candidate’s application materials. His feedback on my essays was instrumental to convey a clear and authentic message of my journey and long-term vision for myself.
I learned immensely from his strategic perspective, innate narrative skills, clear focus, as well as from his MBA and overall life experience. I often recall our collaboration with a deep sense of serenity and gratitude for all the possibilities it sparked in my life. The application process requires more than rigor, resiliency, and innovative thinking. A network of support contributes to a successful application, and you want Court to be on your team.
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