Sia Admissions Consulting

Susan Berishaj

Consultant Bio

Susan’s personal passion for human behavior and psychology give her a unique ability to understand a student’s personal journey and identify the most compelling aspects of their character. The bedrock of her coaching approach is …

COMPANY INFORMATION:

As a boutique consulting firm in New York, Sia Admissions works with a select number of clients to ensure a level of service and personalized coaching difficult to find at larger firms. As the founder, Susan personally works with every client when identifying their story and the approach to be implemented with each application.

The team at Sia takes great personal pride in the academic success and ensuing career success of their clients. Sia is proud to have helped future leaders access the likes of MIT Sloan, Harvard, Wharton, Cambridge Judge, and more. Their proudest moments, however, is assisting clients to access educational opportunities that may have otherwise been lost. For example, a client reached out to Sia after being rejected on all applications in 2018. With Sia’s help for 2019, they not only got admitted to their top choice institution but were offered a significant scholarship. This kind of impact is why Susan founded Sia Admissions.

MBA Series Live: Acing the Behaviour-based Questions in an MBA Interview
6 Steps to Writing a Winning Goals Essay
3 Steps to a Winning Deferred MBA Application
Podcast: Your Questions Answered
Deferred MBA

Deferred MBA

This one is a very special edition with Susan from Sia Admissions. You will get more insights about the deferred MBA programs. Feel free to share your thoughts, add this episode to your favorite list and subscribe to our channel.

How To Prepare And Keep Calm During High-Stakes MBA Interview

How To Prepare And Keep Calm During High-Stakes MBA Interview

In this episode, along with Susan from SIA Admissions, we are going to talk about the tip&tricks that will help you to keep calm during your high-stakes MBA Interviews.

Is An MBA Worth It?

Is An MBA Worth It?

In this episode, we continue talking with Susan Berishaj, who is the founder of SIA Admissions. You will learn which celebrities have decided to do an MBA and why and of course, Susan will give an answer to some of the frequently asked questions.

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  • Best Decision Ever
    4 days ago
    Working with Susan turned out to be the best decision I made during the application process. Given that I am an Indian male with a 307 GRE score and a 2.72 undergraduate GPA, I knew getting into any of the top programs would be difficult. The other issue was that, despite having an interesting professional background (I'm an ex-racing driver who worked exclusively in motorsport), I struggled to translate my value add to an MBA classroom through my essays. After a thorough review of my background and by scheduling a detailed call to understand what motivated me, Susan was able to help me intrinsically work out how I would contribute to the classroom as well as help me figure out how best I could use ...
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    Rahul Sharan
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Susan Is More Than An MBA Consultant - A Life Coach
    3 months ago
    I could not speak more highly of Susan Berishaj and her MBA admission consulting services. Coming from a non-traditional background with a blip in my professional experience, I was worried about the prospects of getting into business school. With Susan's help, I was able to interview with Stanford GSB and was accepted to 6 of my 7 target schools (Wharton, Yale, Kellogg, Booth, Berkeley-Haas, and NYU), with a full-ride scholarship from NYU, significant scholarships from Yale, Kellogg, Booth, and Berkeley. After interviewing a dozen MBA consultants, I narrowed it down to Susan and another seasoned consultant who had worked in the industry for 10+ years. Within 2 weeks, I decided to switch to Susan because she took the time to call and understand what she could ...
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    Priya Bhaidaswala
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • I Could Not Have Been Better Prepared For The Business School Application Process
    6 months ago
    Susan provided excellent expertise and care that made my business school admissions experience extremely positive. As an international student, I was not confident I would be able to gain admission to my top choice M7 schools but ended up with admission to my top choice school. I worked with Susan on a 3 school application package from the initial application process through the interviews and eventual admissions. She was incredibly helpful in all of the obvious things, such as getting to know my story, assisting in developing my essays, preparing me for interviews, etc. But there were many strategic decisions she was very helpful with along the way as well. Overall I could not have higher praise for Susan as an admissions consultant!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Susan At Sia Admissions
    7 months ago
    Working with Susan was a phenomenal experience - I highly recommend working with her as an admissions consultant. Though the application process itself was intense, Susan did an amazing job to make it less stressful as she has a thorough process to help guide you each step of the way. Susan’s structured process, support, and guidance along every step of the journey were key in helping me to get into my top choice M7 business schools. Working with Susan on crafting and telling my personal story and goals was incredibly valuable. Coming into the process, I was not sure how to answer the prompts for each of the business schools. Susan not only helped me to reflect on my experiences and plans post-MBA, but her ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    9 months ago
    I highly recommend Susan to anyone looking for help with the MBA application process. She was extremely helpful with figuring out my point of view, editing my resumes, essays, and recommendation letters, and getting everything across the finish line. I only used my package for help with two reach schools and was not interviewed at either, but Susan still helped me with interview prep for the school that I ended up getting admitted to. I cannot thank her enough!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Susan’s End-To-End MBA Consulting
    9 months ago
    I cannot recommend Susan enough as an admissions consultant. With Susan’s help, I got into all five MBA programs that I applied to (Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Haas, and LBS) with several scholarships including my top choice school. Susan led me through a thorough and structured process from start to finish, including personal story and goal development, school selection, application development, recommender strategizing, interview practice, and even acceptance decisions and early recruitment planning. Susan was truly talented in her ability to identify a rich and thoughtful application story that was true to myself and my passions – a task that seemed daunting at first. Her feedback is succinct and effective, and she was willing to dedicate whatever time necessary to ensure my best application. I chose to ...
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    Tom Smith
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • I Couldn't Have Done It Without Her!
    10 months ago
    Susan is simply amazing. Her support is end-to-end and you get more mock interviews than necessary to absolutely knock the MBA interviews out of the park! Susan was my guiding light in preparing my essays, narrative, and interviews. She is extremely knowledgeable in the MBA space. She has a finance background from Yale which was extremely comforting. I am from a state school background with no remarkable employers, so there was a lot of impostor syndrome going in - Susan helped me feel more confident about the schools I chose. Before Susan, I was thinking I would barely make my way into a top 50 school due to my background and very average GMAT/below-average GPA. After Susan's guidance, I confidently applied to LBS, Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Exceeded My Expectations
    1 year ago
    Susan is the best consultant I've worked with. I initially looked to her for help on applying to MS, but a few days later I noticed she could also help me practice for job interviews. Susan really helped me know myself as a professional and person because she was interested in knowing me before helping me with my resume and cover letter. When I applied for MBA programs, I had help from two other consultants. They were great, but Susan was amazing. I not only got offers from the schools I applied to (Emory, Vanderbilt) but I also got job offers. I was very stressed about the whole process of interviewing. As an international student, I knew my accent and English grammar could be a ...
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    Nathalia Shimizu
    Career Coaching
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  • I Got Accepted On My Top Choice!
    2 years ago
    I had a great experience working with Susan. Not only was I accepted in my first choice, but I enjoyed the entire application process. In February 2020, I decided to apply to 3 of the top MPP programs (Oxford, LSE, and Cambridge). I was overwhelmed by the number of requirements for each school and confused about the entire process, so I started looking for help. I interviewed over 10 consultants and when I spoke with Susan, I knew I wanted to work with her. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, listens to them, and understands them. This was very important as she was able to help me reflect on my goals throughout my application. Even though I knew what I wanted, I didn’t ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Reaching My 100% Fullest Potential
    2 years ago
    #1 Investment I have made in my 30 years, resulting in #1 choice achieved for Graduate School with successful admission to Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Optimization: Susan helped me uncover and project my application narrative to reach my absolute potential. This was CRUCIAL for the numerous essays required for each school. Peace of Mind: Working with Susan, I had minimal stress during the application thanks to the incredible results she enabled me to achieve day by day, week by week. From the beginning, her thorough process and dedication, coupled with my own hard work gave me the peace of mind to know that I was going to achieve success in graduate school admissions. This peace of mind is priceless. Personal Approach: Susan ...
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    Harrison Morgan
    Career Coaching
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  • Very Worth It
    2 years ago
    Having Susan by my side proved valuable throughout my application process. She helped me overcome an absolutely terrible GPA (<2.7) to gain admittance at my dream M7 school. When I initially reached out to several MBA consultants, Susan was one of the very few who was willing to work with me despite my glaring academic weakness. During our first conversation, she took the time to closely evaluate my profile and was honest about both my strengths and weaknesses. From the start, I already had a feeling I would be comfortable working with Susan. She gave me very thoughtful advice even before I officially signed up for her service. Once I signed up, Susan made me go through a very comprehensive self-reflection process. I learned so much about ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Would Recommend!
    2 years ago
    Coming from a non-business background, I was looking for a consultant to help me with all aspects of my MBA applications. I spoke with four companies before choosing Sia Admissions. Susan’s personalized approach sold me. On our first call, Susan promised to be there every step of the way, and she meant it! From the initial stages of getting to know me and crafting my school list in the early summer to celebrating my acceptance in December, she was always on my side. As a consultant, Susan is very meticulous. She goes through several drafts of all of your documents until they are perfect. She will constantly push you to do your best work and make sure you are telling your unique story. For example, we did ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Makes Your Story Speak Out
    2 years ago
    I've contacted Susan very last minute to help me prepare for my admission MBA interview at Imperial College London. Susan is very flexible, approachable, authentic, professional and dedicated. We started off very quickly and she headlined key points and made my story speak out. I would highly recommend Susan.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • A Great Investment!
    3 years ago
    My experience with Susan has been very positive. I was amazed by her insight into my personality and motivations because she connected experiences in my past that I didn't fully appreciate. This shows her investment with the candidates and the depth with which she understands them, which is quite commendable. Her detail-oriented approach helped me bring out my personality in my writing and convey it right to the school. MBA application is a lot about figuring out our best story and for that, it's very important to build a strong relationship with the consultant with whom we work. Since Susan is extremely easy to talk to, I was able to build that relationship easily. If you’re looking for a person who is invested in you and ...
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    jayati chandra
    MBA Class of 2025 Applicant
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  • Could Not Imagine Going Through This Process Without Susan's Help
    3 years ago
    I highly recommend Susan from Sia Admissions. She helped me overcome mediocre academic stats to get into my #1 school. It has been a fantastic experience. As a result: I have received offers of admission to Wharton, Stern, Darden, McCombs. I could not imagine going through this process without Susan's help. I decided to work with her because I knew I was taking a significant risk in changing careers. I wanted to maximize my opportunity and limit my risk of failure. I interviewed a couple of other larger MBA consulting companies and found that they were competent, but they had more on an assembly line approach. I would go from station to station (each with a different person) depending ...
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    Jack Russell
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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