Jeremy is a leader in the field of MBA admissions consulting. He is the co-author of The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting into a Top Business School.
He has developed numerous resources for business education at the MBA and executive education levels. He has helped over 175 MBA aspirants from around the world achieve their dream of attending top-tier business programs since 2003.
In addition to his role as an admissions consultant, Jeremy has worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and a marketing/business development executive. He has been a frequent contributor to leading business publications and websites.
As a published novelist and a playwright, Jeremy has reinforced the importance of creative writing techniques to the MBA applicants he has mentored.
Jeremy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Harvard College.
Read the positive experiences of just some of Jeremy’s recent clients:
Accepted to Harvard Business School
Hands down: Without Jeremy, I likely would not have gotten into HBS. Jeremy was the single most important factor in molding my applications into truly personal pieces of storytelling.
Jeremy’s vast experience in journalism helps him to carefully guide and review your essay writing. He starts by going through your anecdotes and then illustrates ways to knit these into seamless, convincing stories of purpose and goals. Jeremy provides you with a voice that is uniquely humble, genuine, and driven.
I really appreciated how direct Jeremy’s comments were: There is no sugarcoating and his efficiency makes for an ultimately much better application. Jeremy is very reliable and his return times are incredibly short – he often came back to me within 2 hours of sending a draft.
Accepted to Stanford and Wharton
Jeremy was an incredible partner in building my MBA application and helping me get admitted to Stanford and Wharton. Applying for an MBA is an incredibly detailed and stressful process, and having someone like Jeremy with years of experience understanding how to craft an MBA application can truly make the difference. Jeremy’s experiences as a professional writer allowed him to give me key insights that brought my essays to life and ensured that my story was consistent with my background and experience. If you’re going to shell out $200K for business school, it’s absolutely worth working with Jeremy to help craft an application that adds a coherent story and personality to your scores and experience!
Accepted to Stanford and London Business School
I worked with Jeremy on my Stanford and LBS applications and got into both schools! Jeremy is an experienced and trustworthy consultant. He is very responsive (I usually got feedback on my essay drafts within 1 day), very good at storytelling (he always manages to tell my stories from a different, yet much better perspective), and has a good sense of humor (very important too if you need to spend hours talking to your consultant every week!)
Jeremy insisted on spending a lot of time going through my stories, experiences, and strengths before I started to look at essay questions. This process turned out to be one of the most important steps in my MBA application because it not only helped me to select my brightest achievements but also helped me to look at my past experiences and figure out what exactly matters to me (extremely important for Stanford applicants!)
Accepted to Wharton, Columbia and Chicago Booth
Jeremy is a star who helped me to overcome the challenge of having an unremarkable profile – a consultant at a little-known firm outside the US and with a degree from an ordinary undergrad – to secure Round 2 admissions at Wharton, Columbia, and Booth in the wake of a disappointing experience I had with another admissions advisor.
Working on an hourly plan and under tight deadlines, he was extremely efficient in moving us through a branding exercise, essay brainstorms and outlines, and draft iterations that added substantial value each time. His external perspective was invaluable in selecting and coherently presenting my strengths and story, and his unique literary approach gave me a humble, mature,q and passionate voice. Most importantly, I can’t thank him enough for helping me to clarify and own my goals. I recommend Jeremy wholeheartedly and with no reservations whatsoever.
Accepted to Yale (with partial scholarship) and Kellogg
Jeremy’s years of experience were definitely a plus and I trusted his opinions and suggestions – crucial in working with an MBA consultant. He was efficient and held nothing back – he was blunt which was exactly what I needed. Jeremy went well beyond just reviewing my drafts and instead coached me in starting to think strategically about my application as well as how to write creatively. I enjoyed working with Jeremy very much and will recommend his services to my friends.
Accepted to Ross and Fuqua (with $15K Merit Scholarship)
All the advice I received from Jeremy while preparing my application was invaluable. If I had to pick one single piece of advice, it would be to personalize my essays to the point that no single sentence in it could have been written by any other person. His creative writing approaches revolutionized my application. I was afraid that I would just look like “Raj…the typical Indian IT guy.” But in the end, with his counsel, I had put together a totally distinctive and, I would daresay, inspiring set of essays!
Accepted to MIT/Sloan
The best advice I got from Jeremy was to really focus on a very specific story about myself. He told me, “When the AdComm sees ‘Kevin Smith’, they need to say that Kevin is all about X, Y and Z.” I learned I had to sharply focus my overall story throughout the application. Very clearly, here are three things that I am and if they remember nothing else, they need to remember those three things. As a re-applicant, I definitely had to focus my story. There’s no way my message would have been as spot-on and tight without Jeremy’s approaches.
Accepted to Cornell
The best advice I ever got about essays was from Jeremy: “Tell a story … show it … don’t just say it.” You have to give real examples. Don’t just say what you did, tell them how you did it. Instead of claiming “I’m a motivated person,” show lots of examples where you did this thing and that thing when you really didn’t have to.
Being a re-applicant, I thought I already knew what to talk about in my essays. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. Before I even started to draft my first essays, we spent hours (probably MANY more than you do with most other consultants) talking about the story of my life. Jeremy actually helped me realize what really mattered to me, what my career goals are and what topics to especially focus on in the application. That said, do not expect him to hold your hand and do the work for you. I am sure that what distinguishes an OK application from a great one is this self-inspection and finding the best stories that really showcase your strengths (and explain your areas for improvement) so be prepared to invest time in that with Jeremy.
I also appreciated that there was not a limit on the number of drafts we exchanged before the final version was approved. Over time, this gets better but I guess I exchanged my first goals essay with him maybe 10 times. Also, Jeremy prefers to use Skype a lot to consult new essay topics or gain clarity around current content. His responsiveness was also usually very fast, sometimes even a couple of drafts in an evening.
The complete package includes work on the resume, a Skype mock interview, and suggestions on how to approach recommendation letters. I found all these helpful.
The downsides of working with Jeremy were few. Sometimes (but rarely) an essay version would “fall through the cracks,” which might have been due to me working on a 5 school package. Also, Jeremy might seem a bit stern and demanding at times; but after all, you do not pay a consultant to have your ego polished.
I would strongly recommend Jeremy to people who prefer a closer relationship with their consultant and are willing to devote the time to a relatively long self-discovery.