Testimonials

Our hands-on approach and laser-like client focus
adds tremendous value and yields great results

We mentor applicants and help them express their individuality to distinguish themselves in the competitive process. Read what our clients had to say about working with The Red Pen, our strengths and the value we brought to their applications.
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  • Harvard University
    Class of 2022

    Thank you TRP for guiding me through the entire process. The team was very accommodating – helping me brainstorm and stay on top of various tasks that needed to be completed throughout the process; patiently helping me work through my college choices in the UK and US, even as I changed my mind about where to apply Early Decision, and encouraging me to complete all the essays in spite of my slow writing skills without compromising on quality. I found it easy to work with the team and when I was in Hong Kong or the US we worked via email and zoom, which was very productive.

    college selection, early decision, essays, Harvard, UG, UK, us
  • Stanford University
    Class of 2021

    The Red Pen team gave tremendous time and effort to my applications something I feel really distinguishes them from others. Stanford would not have been possible without their guidance! I started this journey with no idea about the things I needed to do for applying abroad. With The Red Pen’s help I was able to prepare a comprehensive timeline of activities and select colleges that would be a great fit for me, in the US and Singapore. Collaborating remotely with the team was never an issue.

    When it came to writing the college essays, the team helped me brainstorm ideas and reviewed my drafts to ensure that I was communicating my experiences effectively. I found their team-based approach very useful, because I had the benefit of feedback from multiple consultants. I participated in mock interviews in preparation for meeting alumni from different universities. By the end, I was able to speak more confidently and articulate my thoughts in a more structured and purposeful manner.

    college fit, essays, interview prep, Singapore, Stanford, team approach, UG, us
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2019

    My background – consulting at BCG for 3 years, former member of Nomura’s corporate strategy team, typical IIT engineer profile, average CGPA (7.7) and GMAT (730) — made me wary about applying to top tier MBA programs. Now, having been admitted to both Haas and Wharton, I really see the benefit of The Red Pen’s structured approach, perspective, services and networks.

    I had heard about The Red Pen from my friend who had a similar profile and had been accepted to Columbia Business School. When I spoke to them, what really stood out for me was how they support candidates at every stage of the application process. Their onboarding session helped me examine loose ends in my thinking and stories and laid a solid foundation for my business school application.

    The multiple reviews of my essay drafts by multiple consultants were useful and unique in my experience. We practiced for my interviews with Booth and Haas in Round 1, and Stanford and Wharton in Round 2. Their feedback helped me reflect on my strengths and weaknesses and gave me the confidence to project my opinions during the interview.

    My lead consultant put me in touch with an alumnus at Stanford before I started the process and at Booth before my interview. Additionally, I had the opportunity to attend an information session organized by TRP with an admissions officer from Columbia Business School in Mumbai. All of these interactions were invaluable in increasing my understanding of these schools and what they were looking for!

    adcom, alumni conversation, Columbia Business School, essays, Haas, IIT, interview prep, mba, mock interview, Wharton, WhartonTBD
  • Yale University
    Class of 2021

    It has been a pleasure working with The Red Pen!  I first heard about TRP during an essay writing workshop. It was clear that what differentiated The Red Pen’s approach from others’ was the team’s attention to detail and their ability to give meaningful feedback. Getting feedback from several consultants on the team was great because it gave me different perspectives to work with.

    When an essay was poorly written or a topic wasn’t working, the team wouldn’t hesitate to tell me so, allowing me to improve. With TRP’s guidance I also compiled work samples for my portfolio and prepared thoroughly for my interviews. They were incredibly flexible throughout the process; what stood out for me was the encouragement I got from the team.

    essays, interview prep, team approach, UG, us, yale
  • Ross School of Business
    Class of 2019

    A big thank you to you all. You helped me to understand myself so much better in that initial meeting we had. Frankly, I wasn’t considering Ross in the beginning. And now, it looks like the perfect fit. I’m excited to get in!

    My conversation with Michael Lippert from Ross adcom was really helpful in learning about the school and building rapport. All the other help during the entire process, with reviews and information along the way, has also been key to getting over the wire.  The calls to discuss my essays, the application reviews and most of all, the confidence boosts a day before the interviews! A shout out to the rest of the behind-the-scenes team as well! I may not know them but I know they made it their goal to help me achieve mine.

    adcom, college fit, essays, interview prep, mba, Ross
  • Barnard College
    Class of 2021

    The Red Pen team comprises of professionals who are well versed with the application process and will guide you every step of the way. They are very pleasant to work with and were prompt with responses to our doubts and queries, which were many, considering how arduous the application process is. Their greatest strength is that they work as a team and put in a huge amount of effort to make sure that your application is well rounded with no loose ends. We were lucky to have them by our side during this very crucial time.

    application process, essays, team approach, UG, us
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Class of 2021

    Thank you so much, couldn’t have done it without The Red Pen. I’ve finalised with WPI and they’re giving me 12,000 dollars scholarship per year! I chose TRP because I had really good reviews from friends and because I knew that I would get valuable advice from counsellors who have studied in the US; my lead counsellor, was a Harvard graduate. What I like about TRP is that they are very organized and help you plan each step of the application process, right from subject selection to shortlisting universities to setting deadlines to completing your application. They were extremely dedicated, making sure that my essays and other parts of my application reached a certain standard. I can definitely say TRP played a major role in helping me secure admission to my first choice university.

    application process, college selection, essays, planning, Scholarship, UG, Worcester
  • John Hopkins Carey Business School
    Class of 2019

    I was accepted to one of my top choice schools with full scholarship and cannot thank The Red Pen enough! With a GMAT score on the lower side, I approached TRP to strengthen the rest of my application. I was very impressed by my discussion with team members about my profile, and understood what I needed to focus on primarily. The process is quite rigorous and they gave me the confidence very early on that I would be working with a group of experienced professionals. Two of the most impressive qualities about TRP are their timelines and their crystal clear instructions. They delved deep into my background before we started working on my essays, which helped me understand what to highlight. TRP was also excellent in short-listing my school choices and gave great feedback on where I would have a strong chance of getting in. I strongly recommend TRP as MBA admission consultants for their knowledge, experience, and utmost professionalism.

    Cary School, mba
  • Barnard College
    Class of 2021

    I went to several college counselors before deciding which one to commit to – and ended up choosing The Red Pen because of their unique approach to the application process. They focused on all the basic elements and beyond – rather than just the resume and the essays. They made me aware of the hidden components, which really make or break the application.

    My essays were edited with great attention to detail, and with each new draft came a clearer picture of my persona. I learnt that it’s important to be specific about your personality, interests and achievements in each area of the application – because your app only gets a few minutes before the AdCom makes its decision. You have to make sure you don’t miss out anything – and The Red Pen team really took care of that.

    They encouraged me at every step, and supported every decision I made – which really helped. The college process is daunting anyway – a little belief in your decisions relieves you of some of the burden! The fact that they let me make all the decisions and do most of the work gave me a sense of responsibility and helped me discover what I truly wanted out of the coming four years. Namita, Kim and Ashmi are from different backgrounds in terms of where they studied and what they studied – just like the admissions officers. Their varied perspectives and suggestions on each essay really helped carve a unique, highly specific and well thought-out application for me. I was excited about sending my applications out because I knew there was no leaf they had left unturned.

    I would highly recommend The Red Pen to people applying abroad for undergraduate studies whether you know everything about the process or not – because they’ll definitely open your eyes to something you aren’t aware of which will make your application more complete, more special and more YOU.

    Barnard College, essays, UG, us
  • Boston University
    Class of 2021

    I heard about The Red Pen from family and friends. Working with them over the course of a year has been a remarkable journey, a journey from which, I was able to learn a lot. TRP has a personal touch, their complete attention on each student. They are very approachable and are always available to clear any questions that may arise. I believe their personalized service and attentiveness are their strengths. I recall spending several hours in their office, in the week before the December regular deadline, reviewing my applications and essays until I was completely satisfied. The team gave me detailed feedback when it came to choosing colleges and my essays, and helped me put forward the best possible application!

    Boston University, custom approach, team approach, UG, us
  • Santa Clara University
    Class of 2021

    I approached The Red Pen on the advice of family friends. I felt confident that TRP could help me get into one of my top university choices. When I started, I was unaware of how lengthy and cumbersome the application process was going to be. The co-ordination and co-operation from the team, gave me the much needed push I needed to ensure I remained focused and on track. TRP helped me clarify my thoughts, prioritize my requirements and target university list.

    I was very worried about the uncertain political conditions in the US.  TRP helped me explore other destinations, discussed alternative options and conducted research. In the end, I decided to stick with my original plans of studying in the US instead of giving into my fear; I am thankful for that!

    application process, college selection, UG, us
  • Boston University
    Class of 2021

    The Red Pen team helped our son through the intense college essay process. The team made it easier for him to sift through dense material on the web about the different colleges. They worked with him through summer, as he is a boarding student at TASIS, brainstorming ideas and reviewing essay drafts. There were times that it all got frustrating for our son, but the team was very encouraging.

    TRP helped him prepare for interviews with Middlebury and Washington University. It was an enormous and challenging process, but with TRP  behind him, he completed, and got a spot at Boston University as an Early Decision II applicant. We could not have been happier, as BU was one of his top choices.

    Boston University, college selection, early decision, interview prep, UG, us
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2019

    At The Red Pen, you’ll see that MBA consultants grow to be your friends, rather than just professional acquaintances. They work with you from the outset, helping you understand who you are, what your goals are and what school is right for you through a series of candid conversations, not letting go of your hand until you’ve achieved what you want! Their professionalism in terms of approachability, promptness and feedback is admirable.

    I worked with The Red Pen for my applications to The Wharton School and Columbia Business School. I’m pleased to say that their guidance helped me shape my experiences into a compelling story, thus getting me acceptances into both schools.

    Columbia Business School, essay, mba, Scholarship, Wharton
  • Vanderbilt University
    Class of 2021

    Working with The Red Pen team has been an incredible experience! My consultants spent time getting to know me before starting on the application process. My 2000-word brainstorming document became a central part of my applications. We talked about each college; understanding the culture made it easier for me to write unique essays for every college. They were diligent about the quality of my essays: I wrote about 13 drafts of my common app essay!

    The Red Pen team members were always accessible. They helped me break my boundaries by pushing me to work harder and present my best. As someone who was juggling school work and extracurricular activities, the US admissions process seemed daunting. But, we strategized logistics and the team helped me stay on top of the different timelines and deadlines for each application. If you are embarking on your college journey, you can’t find a more trusted counsellor and good friend than The Red Pen.

    brainstorming, essays, timelines, UG, us, Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt University
    Class of 2021

    I heard about The Red Pen from a friend, who had received acceptances from several top universities. Impressed by his glowing recommendation, I decided that I too would seek their expertise in helping me achieve my dream of a US education. I was impressed by how the team personalized the process to align with my needs. The Red Pen counsellors were particularly indispensable in reviewing my drafts and providing constructive criticism, which made my essays flow effortlessly. Kim, Namita and Priyanka were pillars of support during this stressful time, entertaining questions and solving problems at all hours of the day. They were in touch regularly; making sure that my applications were on track. The team’s wholehearted engagement in the process helped me achieve phenomenal results – I was admitted to my dream university with full financial aid! I admire The Red Pen’s commitment and meticulous attention to detail and I’m certain that their guidance would prove invaluable to those who seek it.

    UG, us, Vanderbilt
  • Columbia Business School
    Class of 2019

    The Red Pen is a very professional set up, with a few key advantages over other consultants:
    Outside the box: The team at TRP makes a greater effort to understand and work with each applicant’s story, resulting in a more authentic, less cookie-cutter application.

    Good to great: TRP takes your essay from good to great by suggesting more interesting approaches to tell your stories. They understand what each school looks for, and help you tailor your essay accordingly. They also significantly improve the finesse and style of the final product.

    Good to great: TRP takes your essay from good to great by suggesting more interesting approaches to tell your stories. They understand what each school looks for, and help you tailor your essay accordingly. They also significantly improve the finesse and style of the final product.

    Valuable network: The team at TRP has deep networks within the MBA community, ie, specialist consultants, alums, current students, university officers, top employers, etc. Applicants can leverage this vast network to improve their application or understand their target schools better.

    I’d recommend TRP to candidates who want to take their applications to the next level and gain an extra edge over the competition.

    Columbia, essays, mba, school selection
  • Columbia Business School
    Class of 2018

    After an unsuccessful attempt at applying to business schools the previous year, I chose The Red Pen because of their in-depth knowledge about each school. During my first conversation with Vrinda and Amy, I was very impressed with the way they differentiated one school from the other. This helped me with understanding my fit and I could be better prepared when I started an application.

    Additionally, The Red Pen helped me pace my application efforts so that I did not fall short of deadlines. They were frank, very involved and highly approachable. I particularly liked the aspect of multiple people looking at every part of my application; giving me multiple viewpoints, helping me position my story so that I could write my essays effectively. Their support and advice played a big role in me getting into Columbia Business School.

    Columia Business School, Ding analysis, essays, mba, school selection
  • Harvard University
    Class of 2019

    There are so many things I admire about The Red Pen’s approach to the whole admissions process. The team advised me of the college/program options that would match my profile. Their insights into the admissions process were vital in helping me personalize my applications. I am passionate about gadgets, tennis and magic and it was important for me to present my projects in the best possible light. We explored my hobbies and the team helped me showcase my unique interests and personality throughout the materials. Once my applications were submitted, we put in considerable effort preparing for interviews. The Red Pen team also stepped in to assist me with the applications for the Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship and the UC Berkeley Honors program. They were always available – it has been an absolute pleasure to work with The Red Pen.

    application process, essays, extracurricular activities, Harvard, UG, us
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
    Class of 2018

    The MBA team made an effort to understand my aspirations during the getting to know you conversation. Their team-based approach was great in terms of getting several viewpoints on essays, which helped speed up the process of editing. The one thing that stood out for me though was the counsel I received – that is where The Red Pen is unique among its peers. At all times, the intent is to make the client think and dig deeper within themselves to identify their leadership style, their aspirations, their fit with particular schools.

    A great example, which highlights how they focus on what is best for the client, is my first conversation with the team. In the course of my profile development discussion, they suggested I should consider waiting for a year and apply in the next cycle, because I would be a much stronger candidate.

    I didn’t really pay heed to that advice and applied. To my surprise, I was waitlisted at my dream school; the admissions committee felt my career progression was very positive but thought I could do with more exposure in my current industry. The second time round working with The Red Pen, I listened; I made it to one of my dream schools!

    essays, mba, MIT, profile development, school selection
  • Stanford University
    Class of 2019

    The Red Pen was without a doubt the turning point for my application to colleges in the US. Today, it is nearly impossible for me to even imagine acceptance to top-notch universities without their guidance. We discussed my essays extensively and at the end, I was able to deliver the very best of my own writing. This also ensured that my essays accurately reflected the person I am, something that is a must for any applicant.

    Their attention to detail and logistics – from compiling my extracurricular activities in an organized fashion and grammatical details, to reporting the correct examination grades – was absolutely unmatchable. The fact that they were always accessible, whether over the phone or Skype – made it so much easier for me to expedite the whole process.

    essays, extracurricular activites, Standford, UG, us
  • University of Bath
    Class of 2019

    During my UK application process, The Red Pen consultants helped me with my personal statement. Their comments and suggestions with each draft were especially useful to me in formulating a good statement. The team helped me in selecting my final five colleges, taking into account my interests and grades. Their suggestions were excellent; some of which I would have never known about or considered applying to. Thank you for helping me secure offers from most of my colleges and more importantly, for being so approachable throughout the process!

    personal statement, UG, UK, university selection
  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2018

    I chose to work with The Red Pen because I knew a couple of their former clients and they had great things to say about the MBA team. I was also reassured by the fact that many of your team members had international degrees and had lived worked abroad – I was sure that I would get an in-depth perspective of business schools.

    TRP was super professional and the process was well organized. The team was always responsive and were invested in every application. We went through several drafts together, and my lead consultant helped me mould a very personal and hazy story into something that was concise and easy to understand. Also, getting multiple perspectives really helped me out.

    business schools, essays, HBS, mba
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Class of 2019

    It was a huge privilege to work with The Red Pen! What sets them apart from other counselors is the genuine effort they put in getting to know you. By establishing a mutual understanding, The Red Pen team helped me identify the qualities that should be highlighted in my applications. This is especially important for top universities where test scores alone can’t possibly determine admissions. In addition, the team’s top-notch dedication motivated me to work even harder and within deadlines. Staying focused and organized are essential elements needed to ace US admissions and working with The Red Pen automatically pushes you to be the best that you can be!!

    application process, MIT, UG, us
  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2018

    I chose The Red Pen for my HBS and Wharton interview preparation. I did this after a lot of due diligence online and from friends – I heard that TRP is certainly the best admissions consulting firm in India and my experience with them proved that without a doubt! What stood out for me was how approachable they were throughout the process and how quickly they responded to any doubt / query from my end. Kavita especially was such an amazing mentor through this process! I found their interview help to be outstanding in terms of how close it was to the real interview experience and I was glad I took their support to prepare. The fact that my interview prep was done in person made all the difference. I wish them (and more importantly their clients!) the best of luck!

    HBS, interview prep, mba
  • Tulane University
    Class of 2020

    Thanks to The Red Pen team, my approach to the application process changed completely. They helped me shortlist colleges not merely based on rankings or prestige, but based on how well they fit my profile and future goals. They helped me frame my resume, in fact, my entire application, to reflect who I am as a person and highlight my strengths instead of trying to shape it into a typical “perfect Indian college application” template. The 20-something college essays, which seemed daunting at first, became a lot less intimidating with their support. They motivated me to work on each essay and helped transform them from an unorganized heap of words to beautifully written college essays. The entire team was always accessible throughout the application cycle and made the process so much easier for me and my family!

    application process, essays, resume, Tulane, UG, us
  • Bryant University
    Class of 2019

    It was an amazing experience to work with The Red Pen. Whenever I felt lethargic about my applications, the team rallied around and motivated me to complete them. They helped me understand the different application requirements and explained what was expected in each component. I knew I could count on their support, even in the eleventh hour. They understood what I was trying to convey in my essays and helped me express my ideas succinctly. Thanks to the team effort, I felt great about the application I submitted.

    application process, Bryant, essays, UG, us
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Class of 2018

    I was passionate about attending a business school in the US and wanted to put my best foot forward to gain admission. Testimonials of past clients, currently placed in top US schools, convinced me that The Red Pen offered the best resources to achieve my goal.

    The Red Pen has an in-depth understanding of the Indian education system and the existing professional environment along with the expectations of the US business school. They helped me explore my experiences, which at first I didn’t necessarily think were important, prodding me to present my stories and application in the best possible manner so that I could stand out in a competitive pool. I am really thankful to The Red Pen for being my guide and companion through this entire journey. I could not have made it without their support.

    essays, GSB, mba, school selection
  • University of Michigan
    Class of 2019

    When I started the essay process I was confused and unable to structure my thoughts. The Red Pen, team helped me to put my thoughts onto paper and improve my essay writing. At first I was reluctant to share my ideas, but the consultants were extremely friendly and soon put me at ease. The team was always ready to brainstorm ideas for the essay prompts and I found their input immensely helpful.

    essays, Michigan, UG, us
  • Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
    Class of 2018

    The Red Pen was crucial to my application process. They assisted me over 9 months to turn a previously mediocre application into work that made me proud of my growth. I don’t think I could have done it without their help!

    Besides distilling my myriad experiences into a lucid story, we also strategized the achievements I should highlight depending on the business school’s individual quirks. What I liked the most was how easily The MBA team was able to review my extracurricular experiences and translate them into application worthy material.

    essays, extracurricular activities, Kellogg, mba
  • New York University (NYU)
    Class of 2019

    The Red Pen team was extremely adept throughout my college admissions process. We developed a plan and the consultants helped me strategically select universities that would best suit my profile. Their constant help and advice was encouraging. I would not have been able to get into such prestigious universities if it wasn’t for their effort!

    NYU, school selection, UG, us
  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2018

    I worked with The Red Pen on two MBA applications. I think their biggest strengths are responsiveness, their network and interview preparation. Their Wharton interview prep is the best that I have ever come across and I highly recommend it! It was exactly like the real interview. They have an in-depth understanding of what each school wants and are excellent at creating access to alumni, events, and interview experts. Their school selection process is the best I have seen. I have often reached out to Vrinda and Kavita for advice on all aspects of the application process and they have always been thorough, honest and to the point. I went to them last minute for one of my applications and Vrinda gave me quick feedback on my essays, looked over my material, and encouraged me to stay calm. I ended up getting an offer from that school. They would keep pushing me to bring out the best in me. It was a pleasure working with The Red Pen.

    essays, HBS, interview prep, mba, school selection
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Class of 2018

    I could not have asked for better counselors than Kim and Kavita as I started working on my undergraduate applications for the US. Their strongest qualities are their in-depth knowledge of the American university system and the personalized approach they give to each applicant. Though the ideas and content for the essay prompts were mine, Kim and Kavita reviewed multiple drafts and did not consider anything final until I was completely satisfied. They were extremely supportive at a critical time and always accessible.

    essays, UC Berkeley, UG, us
  • INSEAD
    Class of 2017

    In a panic, I got in touch with The Red Pen a few days before Round 2 application deadlines on a friend’s recommendation who had worked with them previously. They were very accommodating and friendly, always available for a chat and quick with their feedback. We brainstormed school options that were the best fit for my profile. With their guidance, I was able to tell my story in a compelling way. My writing improved significantly – there was a big difference between my first few drafts and the final essays. I can safely say that working with The Red Pen team was a great decision and would definitely recommend them to all who are applying for an MBA.

    essays, INSEAD, mba, school selection
  • University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
    Class of 2017

    My employer encouraged me to get in touch with The Red Pen. Kim and Kavita bring a wealth of experience to the whole process, which can be invaluable to any applicant. From my point of view, their biggest value add was the guidance on my essays. Kim and Kavita helped me tailor my essays so that they were consistent with my profile and resume. Thanks to their input, I was able to improve my grammar, write succinctly, with honesty and to the point. Without their guidance, my essays would have been average. Overall I would say that my experience with the Red Pen was very useful.

    essays, mba, resume, Rotman
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Class of 2017

    Having worked for over four years, I was clear that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and that business school was the best way to prepare me for this journey. Stanford was my natural first choice. I chose to work with The Red Pen because it promised to bring a unique perspective to my application – a deep understanding of the American culture and system of education (both co-founders being American) combined with an accurate conception of Indian applicants and their professional contexts. My experience exceeded my expectations in every way. Kim and Kavita spent an inordinate amount of time understanding my personal and professional context, and an even longer time iterating my essays to make sure that my best foot was put forward. The result was an application that I know could not have been done any better. Their attention to detail, patience, openness to new ideas and great work ethic differentiate them from the rest. A testament to this was their reaction when I decided to change an essay three days before the deadline. They very patiently understood what I had to say – despite the amount of work that had already gone in to it, and then put in extra hours over the weekend to help me rework it to my satisfaction. Through the application process, I went from “not so sure I need a consultant” to “I couldn’t have done it without them”. I would highly recommend The Red Pen!

    essays, GSB, mba, strategy
  • NYU Stern School of Business
    Class of 2017

    After completing my GMAT, I knew that I needed some guidance on my US business school applications. I had spoken to a few MBA consultants but wasn’t very happy with what they were offering. When I met Kavita and Kim, I knew that my search was over!

    Not only did they guide me on the schools I should target, given my background, but also were very frank and realistic about my options. This gave me a lot of comfort and I was able to short list my target schools and make a proper plan for managing the application process.

    The team was very responsive to my numerous questions, and I found their dedication to work amazing. I had a hectic travel schedule, but this did not create a hindrance as we communicated frequently. The consultants’ feedback on my essays was invaluable – it strengthened my application. In preparation for interviews with business school representatives, I participated in a mock interview session organized by The Red Pen, which helped me understand my weaknesses and how to leverage my strengths. Thanks to their help I was able to present myself with confidence during the actual interviews.

    The Red Pen’s support was crucial in helping me achieve my goal of getting into a top US business school. I cannot recommend them enough!

    essays, interview prep, mba, school selection, Stern
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Class of 2016

    If you think hiring a counselor means you can take it easy, THINK AGAIN! The Red Pen will make sure you keep your nose to the grindstone. However, their constant push and encouragement helped me bring out my story in the best possible way and the final output I sent to schools was something of which I am extremely proud. Of course, most importantly, thanks to them, I am going to Stanford GSB!!!

    GSB, mba
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2016

    I loved the fact that Kavita and Kim were easily accessible – and were extremely responsive when I had specific questions or wanted to have a quick chat about something. They were also very patient and responded very thoughtfully to all my queries! Extremely extremely valuable to me! I appreciated that they went out of their way to share relevant articles and general information with me. They worked once on my resume – but then suggested we rework based on second thought. I really appreciated that. They were extremely prompt with all my resume and essay reviews and their suggestions scrupulously retained my voice / writing style in the essays. I always felt TRP was genuinely invested in my application and our interactions never felt transactional. This was extremely helpful during a tough process.

    essays, mba, resume, Wharton
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2016

    I remember reaching out to Kim and Kavita in a state of panic – aiming to submit three applications with just two months left on the clock. In hindsight, it was one of my best decisions. They were a great sounding board for me to initially firm up ideas and then translate them into words, keeping me on schedule all the while. Their feedback was succinct, relevant and very personalized. They were always approachable, going way beyond the brief on many occasions. Look no further, they are as good as they come.

    brainstorming, mba, Wharton
  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2016

    I enrolled with The Red Pen for support with my HBS interview preparation. I found them extremely professional and their guidance was very useful. I especially appreciated their method of videotaping interviews, which helped me revisit the feedback multiple times and improve. The Red Pen was also available for support on various other topics during the application process. I would like to thank them for helping me get into Harvard Business School.

    HBS, interview prep, mba
  • University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
    Class of 2016

    Kim and Kavita gave me continuous support starting from school selection to applications to the interviews and to the waitlist process. They were very professional but always maintained a personal touch. Their mock interview preparation is amazing and helped me build confidence in preparation for interviews. And, since Kim and Kavita are Americans who have experienced the US education process first-hand, they were able to help me shape my applications and thought process in an American way – something which is unique among educational consulting firms in India. The level of commitment and effort that TRP provided was exceptional. I am happy to say that I started the fulltime MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in August 2014.

    interview prep, mba, Rotman, school selection
  • Columbia Business School
    Class of 2016

    Working with Kavita and Kim on my MBA applications was a very fruitful experience. Both Kavita and Kim are immensely knowledgeable about every school and up to speed on the latest school news and focus. This helped in both school selection and customizing applications. They made an effort to know me through a perfect balance of encouragement, creative brainstorming and constructive criticism to bring out the best aspects of my experiences and personality in my applications. Throughout the process, they were always available and made time to speak to me. Though we were operating out of different countries, I never felt a distance.

    Columbia Business School, mba, school selection
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Class of 2016

    I loved the personal and friendly approach of Kavita and Maya from The Red Pen. They took time to get to know me, understood all my stories and most importantly, paced me to complete my applications within the deadlines. Since they have a different industry experience than mine, discussing my stories with them helped me improve my writing skills to suit a wider global audience. Most importantly, they have a great understanding of education in the US. However intimidating it seemed at times, they motivated me to pursue my dream to get into Stanford.

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  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2016

    Kim & Kavita were incredible pillars of support through the MBA application process. Specifically, Kavita’s assistance on making our CVs succinct, outcome-oriented and lean, was invaluable. Additionally, Kim spent a lot of time ensuring that all our application essays were clear and concise and articulating the strength of our experiences. It was extremely helpful to get her feedback on the style of writing, as she has many years of experience reviewing applications, and can share trends and best practices. Lastly, both Kim & Kavita were always available and quick to respond, despite being in the thick of the application period – this made the whole process so much easier. We’re both headed to Harvard Business School in the fall, and grateful to TRP for their guidance.

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  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Class of 2015

    As alumni of top US universities, Kavita and Kim really understand what it takes to be admitted to such institutions. They really help paint an accurate picture of what each school is like and are therefore a great resource to help you understand best fit programs. I had a great experience working with The Red Pen; they really helped me shape my story and take my essays to the next level. Their insights on the interview process were extremely helpful as well. I definitely recommend working with The Red Pen.”

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  • Indiana University
    Class of 2016

    Working with the Red Pen was a wonderful experience. Not only did Kim and Kavita keep me on my toes during the application process, but also they became my lifetime mentors. Kim and Kavita make a great team and ensured that my application was the best it could be. I remember constantly working on my essays with them; we exchanged draft after draft until I felt they were perfect. I know I couldn’t have done it without them! Thank you Kim and Kavita for all your support!

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  • Stanford University
    Class of 2015

    Working with The Red Pen was an absolute delight. Not only did they understand what I wanted to express in my application, but they also helped me express it in the most crisp and intelligible fashion. Most importantly, it was such a pleasure working with them. They were always supportive and ever ready to help out.

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  • INSEAD
    Class of 2015

    Kim and Kavita were amazing! I found that they championed my voice and uniqueness drawing out the key insights, which are sometimes tough to glean yourself. They were flexible, quick to respond and always available. If I had to go through an application process again, I’d definitely go with The Red Pen.

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    Class of 2016

    The universities, via their essays, intend to judge the applicants and figure out as much as they can about the student’s personality and background. This makes the essays an extremely important aspect of the application. So, how does a first time applicant know what to write and what not to write?

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  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    Class of 2015

    Kavita and Kim provided extremely pertinent perspectives and assistance for my business school applications. First, they brainstormed with me to pull out strong experiences and then helped extract deeper color for the essays. Second, they helped me string these experiences into a succinct story while advising on the tone and language. And third, working as a team, they helped provide crucial perspectives on how the target audience would interpret the essays.

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  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2013

    The Red Pen helped me apply and receive admission to Harvard and Stanford business schools. My applications were reviewed by several co-workers, alumni and current students. TRP’s contribution stood out amongst all my reviewers and was instrumental in helping me write the essays to my satisfaction.

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  • University of Richmond
    Class of 2016

    Kavita and Kimberly are so friendly and they immediately make you feel so comfortable before you get on the daunting task of writing application essays. It was a great learning curve and we definitely got great insights into improving our writing skills. They are very prompt with their feedback which prevents long hiatus between versions.

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  • Stanford University
    Class of 2016

    I had the privilege of attending the essay writing workshop hosted by Kavita and Kim and it was extremely useful in helping me get a better idea of what colleges expect in the essays on the Common Application and supplemental applications. The workshop helped bring greater clarity to essay topic selection, structuring and focus areas.

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  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2015

    The Red Pen was instrumental in facilitating my business school journey. Kim and Kavita guided me every step of the way, from shortlisting schools to refining my stories and now in shaping my Wharton journey. TRP helped me create an overall strategy for my applications and stick to my timelines. Kavita was only a phone call away and we had several brainstorming sessions to refine my pitch. Kavita’s personal anecdotes from Wharton were particularly insightful and she continues to advise me on getting the most from my time at Wharton. It has been my privilege to get to know Kavita and Kim and in them, I have found wonderful long-term mentors.

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  • University of Cambridge
    Class of 2015

    I was impressed by the fact that The Red Pen spent a lot of time trying to get to know my daughter and her personality before working on her essays. They were also very accommodating and flexible – given all the deadlines. And finally the quality of the work was excellent.

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  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2014

    With three weeks left at HBS, I can’t help but think that until two years ago I had never met anyone from HBS, and I had decided not waste my time applying to the school, thinking I didn’t belong there and that I didn’t have much interesting to showcase on my application. Kavita encouraged me to apply to HBS, helped me put forth my story in a way I never could conceive and catalyzed the two most amazing and cherished years of my life. She has been a constant friend and mentor throughout the two years as well, serving as a sounding board during my job searches and commiserating about the unyielding Boston weather. Now, I cannot imagine a life without my two years at HBS and I have The Red Pen to thank for that.

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  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2012

    It was extremely useful to get Kim’s help on my MBA application. As someone who was been reviewing essays of similar candidates for several years, Kim was instantly able to highlight areas of weakness in my essays and suggest improvements. Her feedback really helped me get across my ideas in a succinct and effective manner.

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  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Class of 2010

    Writing essays for a US business school application is a very stressful activity and it always helps to get advice and counsel from an experienced individual. I had approached Kim for help with my Wharton essays and she came back with detailed commentary on not only the macro story-line and flow of the essay but also minute word and grammar edits which made my essays more presentable and reader friendly for a US audience. Also given Kim’s prior experience as a teacher in the US, one is rest assured that they are in capable and competent hands.

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  • Harvard Business School
    Class of 2010

    Kavita’s assistance was integral in my business school application process. Kavita helped me tease out my most impressive accomplishments and translate them into essay topics. She suggested which parts of my story to emphasize in order to present the strongest possible case to the admissions boards. Not only that, she also advised me on adjusting the tone of my essays to be more casual, so the admissions committee would connect with me on a personal level. With Kavita’s help, I was admitted to the full-time MBA programs at Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, and NYU, and wait-listed at Stanford GSB.

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