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Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

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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