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Graduate: 13 Years
Undergraduate: 13 Years
MIT Sloan School of Management
School Admissions or Administration
Net Promoter Score: 10
As a former admissions officer at MIT Sloan, Kristen is passionate about demystifying the application process for her clients and preventing them from making costly mistakes that jeopardize their candidacy. Coming from an English major background, she particularly enjoys helping applicants craft their unique stories and show their authentic selves to the Admissions Committee. Through getting to know clients on a deeper level, she encourages them to uncover what truly motivates and inspires them, leading them to clearly articulate their goals and the path they are on to achieve them. Kristen has helped candidates gain admission to top MBA programs including those at HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, Columbia Business School, Kellogg, and Tuck, among others.
Kristen began developing her expertise in graduate management admissions in 2011 when she joined the Admissions team at the MIT Sloan School of Management, but her passion for education began long before that. Following her graduation from Boston College, she began her professional career at a publishing start-up and discovered an interest in recruiting, interviewing, and training new hires. After earning her MS in Leadership and Human Resources Management from Northeastern University, she moved onto MIT Sloan to pursue her passion for recruiting and evaluation.
During Kristen’s eight-year career at MIT Sloan, she evaluated hundreds of applicants to the full-time MBA, Sloan Fellows, Master of Finance, Leaders for Global Operations, and Master of Business Analytics programs. She has experience giving Admissions presentations worldwide, reading applications, conducting interviews, and managing the waitlist. Kristen ultimately oversaw the evaluation process for all programs, leading the Admissions Committee and training readers and interviewers on Sloan’s evaluation criteria. She was also a member of the team that rolled out Sloan’s deferred enrollment process for college seniors.
Outside of her work as an admissions consultant, Kristen is also a devoted mom to two boys and enjoys traveling, reading, and cheering on the sidelines for soccer, flag football, and karate.
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As a STEM professional reapplying to an M7 MBA program after an initial rejection, Kristen’s help was pivotal. Unlike other consultants I’d worked with, Kristen’s approach was in a league of its own. She has a unique talent for identifying and enhancing the strengths in my application, choosing the right stories, and ensuring a powerful and coherent narrative. Her ability to communicate complex ideas concisely and effectively made a huge difference. Thanks to her guidance, I turned my previous rejection into an acceptance at the same prestigious school. For anyone looking to make a significant impact on their MBA application, especially reapplicants, Kristen and VANTAGE POINT MBA CONSULTING team’s expertise is unmatched.
There are a lot of consultants who understand what top MBA programs admissions is looking for and what a strong application looks like. There are few like Kristen who will challenge you, force you to look into your past and your inspirations, and truly help you grow you until you reach that point.
Before I engaged Kristen, I spoke with a number of other consultants who encouraged me to apply almost exclusively to T15 schools, and only one M7 as a reach. I was a little discouraged as I had poured everything into my test scores and work progression – but said my dream school was not reasonable.
When I met with Kristen and Melody, I told them about my goals and they agreed to work with me to reach my target.
We started in the Spring with a personal branding exercise and iterated on my essays through the Summer. At each point, Kristen would ask me to dig deep and consider the root inspiration for my decisions, and how they related to my future goals etc. She also knew my personal past so well she mentioned possible connections between my actions that I had not considered but were very much true and powerful in my personal story. This process resulted in a consistent and genuine narrative within my application which was key.
In the end, we beat the odds. I was admitted to 3 M7 schools (including my dream school) and 2 T10 in R1. I was also fortunate enough to receive scholarships in many cases. All of this was only possible because of Kristen.
Do yourself a favor. Work with Kristen. You will learn about yourself and get your dream admit.
Kristen was an incredible resource to lean on during my MBA application process. I worked on 5 applications with her and received acceptances to 4/5 MBA programs. Her comments and guidance were constructive, direct, and extremely helpful. She helped to point out strengths in my profile that I had neglected to highlight and also gave extremely helpful points in tailoring my applications to each school. Genuinely could not have done it without her. Whatever state your application is at currently, I’m willing to bet that Kristen can bring it to the next level.
The biggest regret I had this past admission cycle was to have not worked with Kristen sooner – I had worked with two other consultants from different companies on a few other schools before I started working with Kristen and but man Kristen was on a whole different level I didn’t even know that existed. She truly cares and does not stop at mediocrity – she will bring the best out in you. I can’t believe how big a difference she made in my applications. She is great at everything: from brainstorming and picking the right stories to set the right structure and flow of the stories to communicating in a limited number of words efficiently and effectively, and to digging out and connecting what’s special about you to what the specific school is looking for. After experiencing how amazing Kristen is, it’s obvious that my other two consultants (despite having seemingly good profiles and experience) didn’t care nearly as much and weren’t good at many of the areas I listed. I wish I went all-in with Kristen from the start, so please don’t make the same mistake I made!
I had a great experience working with Kristen on five MBA applications. She was really helpful in helping me understand what various adcoms look for in each of their essay prompts, and helping me think through how I should tailor my personal story and goals to address what each school was looking for. Working with Kristen enabled me to get into 4 of the 5 schools I applied to, including 3 M7s. Kristen also did a great job of understanding and working around my professional commitments, which made working with her very enjoyable and manageable.
Working with Kristen was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my MBA application journey. She was personable and willing to spend the time to learn about you. Her knowledge as a former adcom was extremely helpful – she provided clear feedback and guidance throughout the process. I couldn’t have gotten into my top choice in M7 if it weren’t for Kristen. 10/10 highly recommend working with Kristen.
Kristen was a fantastic consultant to guide me on my MBA journey. ability to provide meaningful feedback and framing was unparalleled, largely driven by her experience working in Sloan’s adcom and recognizing key aspects that I should highlight in my story. She laid out a very clear plan of action and was a great communicator on how best for us to use our time together.
I believe that her support and feedback were key factors in my acceptance in my top choice, “reach” school, which I was not expecting an acceptance for.
An added bonus is the emotional and personal investment that she makes in her clients – I constantly felt that Kristen was a supporter and had my best interest at heart.
I worked with Kristen on applications for two schools. I was accepted into my top choice and waitlisted at the other. Throughout the application process, Kristen provided invaluable help every step of the way. I was most impressed by her taking the time to really get to know me and learn my story so that she could help me craft my essays in an authentic and compelling manner. Kristen made my applications so much stronger by providing thoughtful notes and insights into how the ad coms think about applications. Best of all, her guidance took much of the stress out of the process and allowed me to focus on putting together the strongest application possible.
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