I am an international student who just recently heard back from my 7 top schools. I reached out to Susan at a very early stage and I believe this is the best decision I have made throughout my application process. From the first phone call i had with Susan, I ended up writing 3 pages worth of brainstorming and notes. I knew I made the right decision going with her then.
Susan was very helpful and challenged me since the very first phone call throughout after submitting my applications. She helped me shape my personal statements and resume to reflect my full potential and personality. Susan was very easy to talk to, she always valued every idea I brainstormed and challenged me to execute it in the best way possible. I have never faced difficulties with her at all. In fact, working with her was very calm and enjoyable (even though one time we had to work for two schools having the same deadline). She was responsive and never late on getting back to me although we work on two different time zones.
Our nature of work was by sharing my drafts and receiving her comments and feedback. She used to ask me challenging questions, point out weak points and help me develop them stronger, inform me if my ideas are too much or if some points are getting in the way of what I am trying to write. That helped me write essays that I am extremely proud of and which got me into 5/7 schools i applied to (the University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Berkeley Law, Duke School of Law, and NYU Law). These are my dream schools and working on the essays was an emotional roller-coaster for me which Susan really helped me through and got me to factor every energy I have into the essay.
I literally could not have done this accomplishment without the guidance of Susan. She really exceeded my expectations with her work ethic, quality of work, intelligence, kindness, and support. Susan's help and support did not stop there, even after hearing back from the schools, she reviewed my correspondence to a school I got wait-listed on and always genuinely checks in with me.
Choosing my school was not easy. When I asked Susan, she gave me the pros and cons of each school and also spoke from my personality point of view, which is really amazing because in this situation you need someone who understands your educational and personal preferences. I have never met Susan, yet she clearly understood those two aspects because she is a great listener and that reflected in our communication and the strength of my essays. I will be applying to my second masters or an MBA right after graduation and I can't wait to work with Susan again.
I have always had the dream of doing my PhD in the United States, and the PhD programs are highly competitive and only accept 1-2 applicants per year. I was unsure of how to distinguish myself among other high-achieving applicants, but the support and guidance I received from Sia Admissions throughout the process was invaluable. She helped me to craft a cohesive narrative based on my own experiences and motivations for applying, which I think made all the difference. Each of her comments were impactful and strategic, and my research proposal and personal statement were improved tenfold. Choosing Sia Admissions was the best investment I've ever made, and I urge other applicants to do the same!
A. A., SJD Candidate, Penn Law
The service that Sia has provided to me was simply top notch. From the first moment I got in touch to the final submission of my application I received amazing support coupled with personal touch.
Susan was always there for me when I had queries regarding my application. She always responded within a day with very detailed feedback. When I was working on my essays and application Susan asked the right questions that made me reflect on my past experiences and get the best stories for my essays.
I also received unlimited support from Susan and Sia. Not matter how small the query was, Susan was always willing to help and guide me through the process.
I cannot recommend Susan and Sia high enough. I don't regret purchasing this product from Sia. On the contrary, I can't believe anyone else would have provided me with better support. Sia has exceeded all my expectations.
London-based Executive, MIT Sloan Fellow MBA.
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I highly recommend Sia Admissions and Susan. It was a great experience from the very start to finish. After working with Susan, I was admitted to one of my target schools with a large scholarship.
To start off, let me explain that this was my second year of applications. In my first year, I applied to eight schools and received zero interviews. With my non-standard background and weak undergrad GPA, I was left questioning if an MBA was feasible for me. During conversations with other admissions consulting companies, I was either told to apply for lower-ranked schools or had a generally negative review of my previous application materials. Susan was different. She was immediately talking about ways I could improve my essays and displayed personal interest in helping me succeed in this application cycle.
She helped me articulate my values and strengths early in the process and, perhaps most importantly for me, she helped identify key stories that demonstrated these values. These were pulled from experiences that I had not included in my previous applications and provided excellent insight into who I am. When I struggled with certain prompts, she went above and beyond. This included reaching out to learn about me from my spouse to find stories that I would not have identified myself. I really cannot emphasize enough how much Susan takes a personal interest in your success.
I was never uncomfortable during the process and truly felt that Susan helped me put my best foot forward while making certain it was my voice and words in the essays. If you are hoping for an incredibly responsive, personalized, and insightful admissions consultant, I highly recommend Sia Admissions and Susan. This was a great experience with great results!
A Cornell Johnson MBA candidate.
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I had been working with another admissions consultant on numerous applications and found myself frustrated with their lack of engagement. Harvard Business School was my top choice and I reached out to Susan sensing it would require something more. Susan’s assistance helped mearticulate and personalize my story, it helped me have a stronger voice and standout amongst other candidates. The letter of acceptance I received from Harvard Business School is why I have great confidence in Sia’s approach and Susan’s commitment in helping others succeed.
A New York based Private Equity Associate, Harvard Business School
“Prior to reaching out to Sia Admissions Consulting, I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed with the admissions process. The stress and anxiety of these important decisions combined with the nuances of each school’s admissions process was, at times, almost crippling. Working with Sia immediately improved the situation. Susan took the time to really know and understand what drives me. She then helped me develop a strategic plan to evaluate and decide which schools would be the best fit. Sia guided me through the nuances of each program and helped me cultivate a unique and compelling candidate profile that I was incredibly proud of. Sia’s ability to help me manage timelines, develop a strategy for campus visits and university interactions was a huge boost to my confidence that paid dividends during the interviews. Sia was an instrumental partner in helping me attend my first-choice program and I would recommend working with them to anyone.”
~ R.A.A., MBA candidate, Yale SOM
"The help and support I received every step of the way from Susan surpassed expectations. Her assistance was invaluable in my grad-school application."
H.W., PhD candidate at University of Cambridge
My experience working with Susan was simply amazing. Susan is kind and an expert in her field. I would totally recommend her services to anyone that wants help with writing a concise and impactful essay.
From the start, I liked Susan's approach. We met in person and discussed at length my ambitions and goals. I never considered using a consultant before meeting Susan (honestly I had never heard of the service) but once we had this conversation I was convinced it was the right decision. I felt like she was genuinely passionate about helping people getting into their dream school.
Her approach is humane and extremely personalized, which is what I liked the most. Susan is dedicated and patient and she really takes the time to get to know you before advising you on your application. I was worried to end up with an essay that looked like everybody else's, Susan understood that from the beginning and kept that in mind all the way until the end. She gave advices but never imposed her vision on me, which I greatly appreciated.
I can say with confidence that Susan is generous of her time and her knowledge. She always made herself available. I honestly have nothing negative to say about Susan and her services.
This might sound cheesy, but Susan helped me with much more than my application essay. She gave me sound advices on my career, my aspirations and the strategies to get there. We had really inspiring conversations on a variety of subjects. I strongly believe working with Susan was the best decision I made for my early career development.
MPP Candidate, McGill University
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Working with Susan was the best choice I made for my Master in Computer of Science application. I had a very specific background and I interviewed almost 10 consultants before to chose Susan. I decided to work with Susan because she is really smart.
First of all, she spent time to understand who I am and what I was really looking for. She went far beyond what I was looking for right from the start. Susan developed a very helpful strategic plan for my candidacy.
What felt most important and challenging to me in our partnership and something that I will always be thankful for is that Susan gave me the confidence I needed to overcome my undergrad major. I was able to get into a tier-one master in CS after majoring in a non-STEM field with a mediocre GPA!
She was here at every steeps of my application and was really proactive. She is really responsive and every time I needed her help, she was here.
Overall, Susan has shown consistently high investment and engagement throughout the whole process of my application. To be honest, I think Susan is the best choice for international applicants!
P.A.M - MS student from France