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Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

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.

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