Michael Guttman

Senior Consultant

mbaMission

New York, New York

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

During a successful career at Deloitte in New York City, where he was exposed to different roles, Michael Guttman developed a solid foundation of finance and consulting experience. As a result, he has a deep understanding of clients with these backgrounds, and of those pursuing such post-MBA roles.
Additionally, Michael’s time as a career counselor at Michigan Ross and on the Deloitte internal recruiting team—which influenced him to pivot into financial services recruiting—afforded him valuable insight into career development. Michael feels fortunate to have found a role as an MBA admissions consultant because it allows him to draw on this blend of career development experience and financial services knowledge to help others achieve their academic and professional goals. Michael’s background enables him to help you articulate your story, revamp your resume, and develop your essays in a clear and compelling way that will appeal to your target MBA programs.

Company Information

mbaMission is the world’s leading MBA admissions consulting firm and the only one exclusively recommended by Manhattan Prep and Kaplan GMAT. Our dedicated, full-time Senior Consultants work one-on-one with business school candidates to identify and showcase their strongest attributes in their applications.

When applying to an elite MBA program, you need elite experience on your side. mbaMission’s full-time consultants are highly skilled communicators with comprehensive knowledge of the MBA admissions process, and helping you navigate that process to your fullest potential is our sole priority. You can be confident of having our undivided attention, because admissions consulting is our exclusive focus. In pursuing your MBA, you are making an important investment in yourself, so choose a firm whose singular objective is helping you achieve your goals.

Our full-time team includes MBAs from all the top programs. Although you work exclusively with one dedicated consultant at mbaMission, you benefit from the experience and input of our entire team. Our consultants intercommunicate constantly, sharing information, ideas, feedback, and recommendations. We also conduct semimonthly meetings, require ongoing training, and hold an annual full-company conference, where we gather to discuss best practices and continue improving our skills and knowledge base. More than 20 full-time admissions experts combine their know-how and experience to advance your cause. We know that our being at the top of our game means you have the greatest chance of success, and together, our team will find the best ways to strengthen your application.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

One-on-one consultation services, comprehensive admissions and school-specific guides, a robust blog, free eBooks, essay analyses, and other valuable resources—visit our Web site to find all that mbaMission offers.
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FEATURED SERVICES
Complete Start-to-Finish Package
A la Carte Hourly Services
Mock Interview Sessions
Ding Review
Pre-Application Strategy
RESOURCES
Robust blog
Free Interview Primers
Free Personal Statement Guide
Free Selecting Your Target MBA Program eBook
Free Social Media Primer
Business School Insider’s Guides
MBA Admissions Guides
Free monthly online and in-person events

Location: New York, New York, United States

Email: info@mbamission.com

Website: https://www.mbamission.com/consult-pq/

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  • Accepted To Darden, Working With Michael Is A MUST
    3 months ago
    Working with Michael was fantastic! He helped me understand the admissions process and guided me through it from start to finish. I came to him with a non-traditional background, a subpar undergrad GPA, and only a loose MBA story and he helped me shape that into a clear narrative and an acceptance to Darden (my top choice)! I can’t recommend him highly enough. We started with a very detailed document on my background, everything from family and childhood experiences to hobbies, career experience, etc. He used this to identify the most unique and relevant parts of my background and help me tell the best version of my story possible. He had a genuine interest in understanding and helping me tell my unique story, and it ...
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    David Dee
    MBA Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Great To Work With
    5 months ago
    I hired Michael through mbaMission and he was great to work with. By the time Michael and I started working together I had already completed my GMAT, was familiar with the part time MBA application process, and had a list of schools ready. Therefore, the hourly rate was the best option for me. Michael helped me revamp my resume, review all of my essays, and discuss which school was the best fit for me over the course of 10 hours. I also received a fellowship.
    Class of 2027 Admit
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  • Great Consultant Experience
    6 months ago
    I recently had the pleasure of working with Michael Guttman for my round 1 application strategy. I bought a two-hour package with MBAmission and feel that despite the high price tag, it was money well spent. Michael made great use of my limited time, advising me on how to present myself as a non-traditional candidate and providing helpful feedback to my recommenders. Michael helped me clarify my story and significantly improve my resume, pushing me to dig deeper and highlight my best leadership accomplishments while cutting unnecessary details. I feel that this was very high impact work - I think anyone would benefit greatly from working with Michael. I ended up with admits and significant scholarships from Booth ($80k), Haas ($100k), Ross (full-ride), Anderson ($120k), and ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • The Best Experience!
    6 months ago
    Michael was fantastic to work with throughout the application process. I would highly recommend working with him. When deciding on a consultant, I met with a few different ones to get a feel for how they work. Michael was the only one who looked past my lower GMAT scores and offered solutions to bolster other aspects of my application. He genuinely took the time to get to know me and was hands-on throughout the process. He met me at my needs, providing prompt and detailed feedback on each of my essays, and really dug in to help craft my story. As a result, I was accepted to Wharton and Columbia and will attend Wharton! I didn't think any of this would be possible just a ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Awesome Consultant
    1 year ago
    I definitely recommend Michael as an advisor for applying to MBA schools. I didn’t have much time to submit my applications, but he was able to guide me through the process and work with me to revise my essays to emphasize my strong points. I applied to the University of Michigan’s Ross MBA and was accepted despite not having many years of work experience and my GPA/GMAT scores not being as competitive as other applicants. I only had a month to submit my applications and within that month Michael was able to work with me to revise all my essays, rework my resume, and decide which recommenders to ask. He helped show me which aspects the admissions council would be looking at when they reviewed ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Incredibly Helpful & Responsive
    2 years ago
    I used Michael for applications on 3 different schools, and throughout the process, he helped me not only reflect and craft my "Why", but also refine my application into a cohesive story.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Wonderful Consultant
    2 years ago
    Michael was great to work with and made me feel confident in my application. I needed assistance bolstering the analytical side of my profile and he did just that. His help with my resume was amazing. Michael's communication was clear and direct which helped me manage my expectations during the business school application process. I felt like I could ask any question small or big. He is a great consultant to work with especially if you feel you need more attention to the analytical side of your profile.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • The Best
    2 years ago
    Michael is a miracle worker. I scored a 640 on my GMAT (45 quant/34 verbal) which is not great, did not get amazing grades in college, and somehow Michael was able to help show the admissions committee how valuable of a candidate I was. He gave me the confidence to present my story and the accomplishments I was able to achieve in a very clear and impactful way. He went out of his way to make sure that I was getting the best possible consulting I needed to get into the MBA programs I wanted. After all of our hard work, we were able to get into 4 schools including KELLOGG. I truly believe that I deserved to get into these programs and I am ...
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    JOHNSEBASTIAN NOBOA
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Top Notch Services
    2 years ago
    Michael Guttman was an incredible asset to my MBA application journey. It was August 2021 and I only had 60 days until my round 1 application was due. Michael was able to quickly help me bring out the best stories to tell in my application, improve my resume and put forward great essays. Michael was very organized and professional throughout the process. Michael helped me prepare my recommenders and they put forward great letters of recommendation. He helped me stay organized in the process and prepare for interviews. Michael has a collaborative style and is very easy to work with. We were able to uncover the best stories to tell and I was accepted to a top choice program. I'd recommend Michael to anyone looking ...
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    Kent Willett
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Michael!
    3 years ago
    After being denied by my dream schools the first year I applied, I turned to Michael to guide me through the reapplication process. He is amazing - he led me through diligent brainstorming and deep reflection, and he provided me with invaluable feedback on essay drafts and mock interviews. Without Michael, I wouldn't have been accepted to both of my top choice schools in Round 1 this year! I strongly urge anyone in need of help to turn to Michael!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Great Service!
    3 years ago
    I used the hourly service with Michael Guttman and it was a great choice. Michael guided me through various parts of the application and helped edit my essays. He provided excellent feedback on my essays that improved their quality substantially. He was always responsive and available for last-minute questions as well. I was also able to run through a mock interview with Michael which was incredibly helpful. Lastly, Michael guided me through various short answers on the application which ensured every part of my application was perfect. I would recommend this service to anyone applying to an MBA program.
    Class of 2023 Applicant
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  • Excellent Experience!
    3 years ago
    Prior to applying this year, I had very little experience with the MBA application process. Michael helped me build the confidence necessary to put my best foot forward. He is extremely professional and was always candid with me. This helped me clearly articulate my unique message and achieve a long-held dream. The application cycle for the class of 2023 was subject to a great deal of change and uncertainty – Michael was responsive, on top of all relevant news, and never missed a deadline. I highly recommend Michael.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • An Absolute Must For The App Process
    3 years ago
    My brother recommended Michael to me after working with him on his own MBA apps last year, and could not be more grateful for the suggestion. Honestly Michael's guidance and the mbaMission resources were crucial for helping me navigate the stressful/challenging process. I came into the process without a clear sense of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go, and Michael helped me articulate my interests and craft a compelling narrative for my application, and how to use each component of the process to help me make the best case for myself.
    Jessica Tannenbaum
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • MG Is Absolutely The Best!!
    3 years ago
    Applying to M7 business schools with a below-average GMAT score can be an intimidating process. I reached out to several consultants when starting my applications and heard a common response: "you have virtually no chance of being accepted to your target schools with that score". Michael was the one consultant that seemed to take a more optimistic approach to my candidacy and background. From the beginning of our time working together, he always focused on the positive aspects of my candidacy and worked tirelessly with me to creatively emphasize my strengths. For these reasons, I would highly recommend Michael's services to anyone, but especially someone who is a bit intimidated by the process. I would not have landed my spot at Booth without him!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Rainmaker, Micheal Guttman, Is Outstanding!
    3 years ago
    This was my first time applying to business schools and I was feeling a bit lost. I gave Micheal a call for a free consultation and he instantly removed any and all stress that comes with the process. He walked me through what schools look for and how to write a compelling and genuine essay. I could not have done it without him, he was the most helpful person one could ask for! He was flexible on revisions and always had amazing feedback. He has a way of pulling out the best qualities in a candidate and is the most brilliant at conveying that. He has great experience in consulting and finance and knew exactly how to make me stand out! He prepared me for interviews, mitigated ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Michael Guttman Has My Highest Recommendation!!
    3 years ago
    I am absolutely thrilled of the impact that my consultant Michael Guttman had on my three MBA applications. I knew I needed help in getting into a top school because I do not have the most impressive work experience and my college grades are a little below average. Michael Guttman was super knowledgeable about the whole process and was able to help me with framing my story to be much more compelling. We also discussed my goals and tweaked them to be more realistic based on my background. Because of Michael Guttman, I was able to write better and more powerful essays. He treated me like his only client from the very beginning. He was always available to have phone calls and very responsive with ...
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    Anthony Ess
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2027 Admit
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  • Admitted To UC Berkeley With Scholarship
    3 years ago
    I was initially recommended to MBAmission by a colleague, but I was unsure as to who I should work with and a couple of people recommended Michael because of his expertise in translating experience and career aspirations into a compelling application. In the initial 30-minute free consultation, Michael helped me set clear goals, create a work plan, and answered my most pressing doubts. This convinced me he was the person I wanted to work with during the application process. Michael helped me tell my story in the best manner possible and then pushed me to go beyond what I had originally planned, making my application much stronger. In the end, I got into UC Berkeley which was my number one choice for a school and ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Got Into Wharton With Scholarship Round 1
    4 years ago
    Michael is literally the best, very professional, never missed a deadline, and overall, just a good mensch. I'm fortunate I got a hold of this guy; he's helped tremendously and did not shy away from giving me his honest opinion on how I may best present myself, which I very much appreciated — good guy, even better Consultant.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Very Good Experience
    4 years ago
    I worked with Michael using the complete Start-to-Finish package from mbaMission. He really helped in brainstorming all possible scenarios to create the best story for my essays. He was very knowledgeable about the whole application process and knew what I should highlight. I was thrilled with how my essays turned out. Also, Michael was always very prompt in answering queries related to the application. I credit Michael for me admit from Chicago Booth School of Business which was 1st in my list of schools. I definitely recommend him to get the best possible application.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Want to Get Into Your Dream Program? Go Find Michael Guttman.
    4 years ago
    I was paired with Michael Guttman as an advisor for my mba application journey. He helped me from GMAT all the way to being accepted to my top program and everything in between. This process is crazy with deadline management while also working fulltime but Michael helped me stay on top of everything in terms of deadlines and made sure that I completed all my application tasks at an extremely high level. We broke down and re-worked my resume to such a degree that I was able to easily take pieces from our many iterations to complete my new school resume once I was admitted in less than an hour. My school’s resume counselor said that my resume was one of the best-written resumes she ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Excellent Service - Highly Recommend
    4 years ago
    Michael was a fantastic consultant all around. Right from the start, I could tell Michael was experienced and understood all facets of the business school application process. It felt like I gained an ally, who was responsible for keeping me focused, and who could help weigh in on the difficult decisions that can arise during the application process (which aspects of my resume and past experience to emphasize, what my GMAT score implied, how to best construct an explanation of my future plans). While all of the above was important, the thing that really stood out about Michael was his commitment. I had a bit of a unique experience, where I needed to get my application turned around quickly to try and meet this year's ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Kept It Real With Me Always & Helped Keep Me Grounded
    4 years ago
    As someone completely new to applying to Business school, I was relieved to be able to lean on Michael for his expertise. Even though I had a subpar undergraduate GPA, he helped me craft an incredibly effective story to maximize my chances at my target programs. He was amazing at listening to me throughout the entire process and didn't sugarcoat anything, which I appreciated. In the end, he came through in the biggest way. I was admitted to 4 out of 5 programs that I applied to. He always went above and beyond to help me and I would highly recommend his services!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Admitted to Kellogg!
    4 years ago
    I could hardly be accepted to the MMM (MBA + MS Design Innovation) at Kellogg or granted a substantial scholarship at Rotman, had it not been for the great consultancy service that Michael dedicated to me. Working with Michael is a pleasure! I just started working with him from Christmas 2019 while my applications were in Round 2 (early Jan 2020). That time was so tight and intensive that I felt anxious at first, but Michael's advice did help me to prepare my applications much more efficiently, leaving me calm and confident. In specific, regarding my essays, Michael helped me not only to select the best story to tell but also to wisely convey the core message in a vivid yet concise language. Also, his comprehensive ...
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    Hung Nguyen
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Advice, Such A Huge Help
    4 years ago
    Michael was an invaluable help throughout the entire application process. He gave me thorough and incisive feedback on essay drafts- both line-by-line commentary and big picture strategic direction. Michael's suggestions for where I should apply were quite helpful as well. He met with me and did a complete mock-interview before one of my interviews, which really helped me to refine and improve my messaging. Most importantly, Michael was always prompt to respond to ad-hoc stream of consciousness questions that I had throughout the process, which was immensely valuable. Thanks to Michael's help, I was admitted to two of my top choice business schools, Dartmouth and Yale. I couldn't be happier with how this process played out, and would recommend any other prospective applicants to use ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Best Consultant Ever!
    4 years ago
    I have worked with Michael to apply for 6 MBA programs in round 2. All the business schools I have applied to were extremely competitive as they were among the top 10 of the financial times. My application was strong but I had an average GMAT/GRE score, therefore I worked with Michael to craft a very good essay based on my background and personal passions. I believe Michael was incredibly supportive, he truly helped me in the whole process of editing my story in a very concise and coherent way. He was very punctual in his deliverable and he was always able to set and reach my expectations. In the end, I got accepted in 3 out of 6 applications, of which 2 were ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Best There Is!
    5 years ago
    Working with Michael was the single best decision I made throughout my application process. He has the unique ability to truly bring out the best parts of you in your application so that you shine in the eyes of the admissions committee. Not only was he exceptional at meeting (and often beating) deadlines, his advice was always clear and direct, and allowed me to put my best foot forward when it came to submitting my application. While my raw stats were slightly below the median of my target schools, Michael worked with me on 4 applications, which turned into 4 admits! Because of his guidance, I'll be heading to my dream program this Fall. I cannot recommend him enough!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellent
    5 years ago
    Michael was a tremendous help in my application process and eventual admission to LBS. I was originally referred to Michael by one of his colleagues at mbaMission and found his upbeat, can-do attitude refreshing after rather dreary conversations with consultants at competing firms. We worked over tight timelines whereby he was incredibly responsive and composed from start-to-finish (brainstorming to interview prep). I was impressed by Michael's consistency in providing valuable feedback and/or insights at each turn and found him to be a very reliable partner throughout. In summary, Michael was a true pleasure to work with.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great To Work With
    5 years ago
    I applied to four schools during the round 2 application process. I reached out to Michael a few weeks before the application deadline in order to fine-tune some of my essays. I had a relatively short turnaround time to finalize my essays, and Michael was extremely accommodating to my schedule. His edits to my essays were very helpful in further bringing out my story to differentiate me from other candidates. With his help, I was admitted Round 2 to an M7 program, he was fantastic to work with throughout the process.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    5 years ago
    Thanks to Michael, I found him truly helpful. English is not my native language. But working with Michael was awesome, I got answers to my all questions. He studied my essays carefully and gave constructive feedback. As a result, I was admitted in Round 1 to my first choice school in the US.
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Awesome Brainstorming & Advice
    5 years ago
    Michael helped with brainstorming ideas for multiple aspects of my applications. He asked tough, in-depth questions which were great at getting my ideas to flow. I really appreciate his help with my resume as well to conform it to business school standards. His flexible hours were great as was his response time. Overall would highly recommend.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thoughtful, Holistic Approach To MBA Applications
    5 years ago
    I worked with Michael to apply to 8 highly competitive full-time MBA programs across Round 1 and Round 2, of which I am attending UCLA Anderson. The process was grueling, but Michael and I charted a course together, working closely to meet the deadlines I set for each application. Michael always responds quickly with pointed questions designed to distill the most important aspects of my story and ensure that they are reflected in my application. Each aspect of the application is crucial and Michael ensures that each component is addressed thoughtfully and holistically captures the candidate that you are. Michael was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone applying to business school.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Fantastic Essay Review & Advice
    5 years ago
    Was admitted Round 1 into a Top 5 full-time MBA. Michael was extremely helpful in his review, including both insightful comments on broad topics to include, as well as more specific / tactical edits. I especially appreciated the prompt review cycles (never missed a turnaround time, and often was much faster!). I actually came from another consultant I wasn't pleased with, and Michael helped get me back on track. With all the uncertainty of applying to school, I can confirm that choosing Michael helped ease the stress!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellent Advice & Brainstorming Sessions
    5 years ago
    Michael was a pleasure to work with from the beginning to the end. He was able to assist with essays, resumes and overall application guidance. He was very flexible with his hours which made the experience great. He asked difficult questions which was really great to express my story. Would highly recommend!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellent Mock Interviewer
    5 years ago
    I was recently admitted to one of my top choice MBA programs, and I credit Michael for helping me with that. Michael and I performed a mock interview and he provided feedback during / after the session that pointed out key areas of improvement to help with my story. I highly recommend working with Michael for your MBA application pursuits!
    Michael Spiteri
    MBA Admit
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